Last-minute (Almost) Opening in Tray Class


This is the semi-fun part – the stock selection.

Are you free next weekend and want to learn to cut dovetails – and have a great time doing it? Due to an injury, one of the six students (low teacher-to-student ratio!) for next weekend’s Dovetailed Silverware Tray Class has to postpone, so I’ve an opening. The class runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 25-26, at the Lost Art Press shop, 837 Willard St., Covington, Ky.

The stock for this opening is cherry, lovingly chosen and prepared by me (and with only a single splinter  suffered in the process – a new record!)


The not quite as fun (for me) part – the stock prep.

You’ll learn:

  • Dovetail layout using dividers
  • How to use a backsaw to saw to a line
  • How to wield a coping or fret saw
  • How to pare and chop to a line with a chisel
  • Strategies for transferring the tails to the pin board
  • Techniques for fitting the joint
  • How to lay out then cut and fair the handles (both the hand holds and the curved top edge)
  • How to smooth-plane your surfaces
  • How to use cut nails (to secure the bottom board)
  • And of course, how to put it all together (and why I recommend liquid hide glue).

The really fun part – making these!

About fitz

Woodworker, writer, editor, teacher, ailurophile, Shakespearean. Will write for air-dried walnut.
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