The Shaker Nightstand

- Beginners Course

Presented by Simeon Dux

The ‘Shaker Nightstand’ course represents the perfect course for the beginner. It also happens to be the first compulsory project under taken by all students at the prestigious North Bennet Street School in Boston, USA – a school dedicated to traditional skills. This course runs for 2 consecutive terms, each term being 9 or 10 weeks.

Learn to master some of the fundamentals of fine woodworking. In this course, you will learn about basic carcass construction techniques. ‘Carcass construction’ represents any piece of furniture that includes doors or drawers. Some examples of techniques learnt in this class are: ‘mortise and tenon’ joinery, hand cut dovetails, fitting an 18th century styled drawer by hand, hand planning techniques, turning a small timber drawer knob and how to taper legs.

You will also learn the basics of French polishing, hand rubbed oil finishing and traditional ‘milk paint’ finish using a product imported from the United States of America.

Your understanding of the finer points of furniture making will be greatly enhanced after completing this class. A timeless piece of furniture that will inspire you and others.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE RUNS FOR 2 CONSECUTIVE TERMS (TERM 3 & 4). There are 11 weeks in each term.

I would like to thank all of the teachers at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking. They all provided great support and knowledge which was especially helpful for someone rekindling their love of working with wood.
Trevor Clarke

Simeon Dux

PLEASE NOTE: This is a 22 week course

7:00pm to 10:00pm

Part 1 - Tuesday 14th January to 24th March
Part 2 - Tuesday 7th April to 16th June

Part 1 - Tuesday 7th July to 15th Sep
Part 2 - Tuesday 29th Sep to 15th Dec

Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.
14 Cottage St, Blackburn

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