Box Making with Matt Kenney No. 48

Presented by Matt Kenney

Boxes provide nearly endless opportunities to explore design and technique as well as being great fun to make! Getting the finer details right on small boxes can be challenging. As boxes are relatively small, tiny mistakes can be glaringly obvious! Attention to detail is one of the most important aspects to Box Making.

In this 2 day class, we will make one of his signature boxes – No. 48 from Matt Kenney’s ’52 Boxes in 52 Weeks’ project and although this box is quite simple, it demonstrates the importance of precision in construction. The box lid of this tea box must fit just right in the box, so that it is air tight to protect the tea held within. Just as important is the attention paid to grain selection and the use of Milk Paint to highlight the shape of the lid and visually separate it from the box body. The feet and pull provide further lessons in details. From their angled ends to the thread wrapped pulls, they are a study in how quiet details can make all the difference.

As we have already stated in the 8 day Tea Cabinet Course, this is Matt’s second trip to The Guild. In 2019, he taught his iconic No. 46 Box and we are very excited to be offering this new course, Box No. 48 which we are sure you will agree is a beautiful and timeless object!

For further information, please refer to his webpage:

Matt Kenney

$880 (Inclusive of GST)
All materials included

Sat 14th & Sun 15th November

2 days

Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.
14 Cottage St, Blackburn

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About the Instructor: Matt Kenney

Matt Kenney is a professional box and furniture maker living in Northwest Connecticut. Not too long ago, he spent a year designing and making 52 unique boxes. He undertook the project as a means to improve his design skills, but found that the woodworking community at large was interested in what he was doing, and they followed along intently as he wrote about the boxes each week on his website ( After he completed the project, he wrote a book about his experience: 52 Boxes in 52 Weeks (Taunton Press). Matt teaches woodworking around the world, writes about the craft, and hosts The Matt and Joe Woodworking Fun Hour podcast. In his spare time, he draws robot illustrations. You can follow what he’s up to in the shop and at the drawing table on Instagram (@mekwoodworks, @thebookofrobots).