Massachusetts Serpentine Chest – 08/12 or 09/16 – Hands-on Class


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Massachusetts Serpentine Chest
Photos courtesy of the Winterthur Museum

Due to popular demand, I’ve added a second Serpentine Chest class – September 16 to 20, 2019. Sign up today. Like the first class, space is limited.

The Massachusetts Serpentine Chest is the ideal class to stretch your woodworking skills. It’s time to make a true masterpiece.

Massachusetts Serpentine Chest

There’s a simple elegance to this Massachusetts Serpentine Chest, yet there’s plenty of drama. From its fluted, chamfered corners and uplifting bracket feet to its undulating drawer fronts this chest has got it all going on.


Some of the skills learned in the Massachusetts Serpentine Chest class are:

  • How to mate curved surfaces.
  • How to veneer curved drawer fronts
  • Making fluted, chamfered corners
  • How to select and match grain patterns for the most dramatic effect

Materials are not included in the class fee. Lumber for this project may be purchased through us or on your own and shipped to our shop at least four weeks prior to the class.

Hardware for this project may be purchased through one of the vendors on the resources page.

Each student should supply his, or her, own:

  • Safety glasses and hearing protection
  • Combination or machinist square
  • Bevel gauge
  • Bench chisels
  • Carvers mallet
  • Dovetail saw
  • Marking gauge
  • Smooth plane or jack plane
  • Block plane
  • Tape measure or folding rule.

If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic, there are plenty of tools for your use in class.


Course Dates:

  • August 12 – 16, 2019
  • September 16 – 20, 2019


The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm – the shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

The class is limited to a maximum of 3 students.

Call or email to be placed on the waiting list if this class sells out.


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