Description

Presented by Simeon Dux

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

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.

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.

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Class Schedule

Every Tuesday for 11 weeks, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm (Term 3) Every Tuesday for 11 weeks, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm (Term 4). THIS IS A 2 TERM COURSE! 28% paid upon booking. Balance due 2 weeks before class starts.

What you will learn
  • Master some of the fundamentals of fine woodworking.
  • Discover basic carcass construction techniques.
  • Techniques learnt in this class include: ‘mortise and tenon’ joinery, hand cut dovetails, hand planning techniques, and more.
What you will get
  • A timeless piece of furniture that will inspire you and others!

What to bring
  • Fee includes the timber (legs, apron, drawer sides & bottom).
  • You will need to pay an extra amount for your drawer fronts, handles and table top at a later stage.
What to wear

Workwear. Steel capped boots are advisable.

Appropriate for

Absolute beginners are welcome.


The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking was founded by Alastair Boell in 2007. After graduating from the world renowned North Bennet Street School, Boston (USA) Alastair felt that there was a great need in Australia for an educational facility that focuses on traditional skills.

The Guild is committed to preserving and advancing craft traditions in furniture making. We are also committed to promoting a greater awareness and appreciation ofcraftsmanship. In our classes we emphasize the skillful use of hand tools and power equipment and an informed use of appropriate materials. We are passionate about what we do and want to share information, ideas and skills with all our students young and old, from beginner to advanced.

The Guild offers 13 Open Courses a week where students are able to bring in their own projects. Also during the year on a regular basis we offer a number of short intensive classes on varying woodworking topics. Our student to teacher ratios are very low with a maximum of 8 students in the open classes.

The school itself is conveniently located two minutes from the Blackburn Rd exit off the Eastern Freeway. Parking is readily available right at the school’s door.We promise to do our very best to provide you with endless opportunities in a stimulating and supportive community.

We invite you to take your place at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.

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