William & Mary Dressing Chest – 04/15 to 04/19 – Hands-on Class


Lumber Pack – does not include mirror glass, hardware or accessories *

The William & Mary Dressing Chest hands-on class is the perfect small project to kick up your woodworking skills. With its half-turning decorations and mortise-and-tenon joinery event he most accomplished woodworker will find this miniature chest a challenge.



William & Mary Dressing Chest
Photos courtesy of the Winterthur Museum

This miniature William & Mary Dressing Chest provides the opportunity to expand your joinery and decoration skills.

William & Mary Dressing Chest

With its half turnings and mortise-and-tenon joinery, the William & Mary Dressing Chest class is designed to expand the skills of even the most experienced woodworker. The looking glass pictured is a separate piece, but (if there’s time) you can certainly make the frame.

Frame-and-panel construction is at the heart of William & Mary chests and this miniature is no exception. With all the decorative moldings the William & Mary Dressing Chest is a mitering tour-de-force. And if you’ve done little in the way of turning, no worries. You’ll have the chance to practice the techniques, but finished turnings will be available for use should you desire.


Some of the skills learned in the William & Mary Dressing Chest class are:

  • How to decorate with half turnings
  • How to build furniture with corner-post construction
  • How to make and fit side-hung drawers
  • Easy methods for assembly of sticked stiles and rails

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:

  • April 15 – 19, 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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