Constructing a Frame & Panel Chest

August 20 - August 24, 2021

Constructing a Frame & Panel Chest


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $120

In this hands-on woodworking experience, you will work with both solid wood and plywood to build a frame & panel chest. You will learn traditional mortise and tenon construction as you start by building the case frame. You will then learn about different types of lid & bottom construction, various types of hinges and panel designs and apply that knowledge to your case piece. You will complete the piece by adding additional details and finishing touches, giving your chest a professional look and making it stand out. The basic furniture-making techniques you learn in this class can be applied to building larger cases and tables. If you have prior experience this class will help you refresh and refine your woodworking skills.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Ellen Kaspern

Ellen Kaspern is a custom furniture maker and graduate of the North Bennet Street School’s Cabinet & Furniture Making program. She owns Ellen Kaspern Design and is a member of the cooperative The Ellwood Shop in Concord, MA. In addition to designing and building custom furniture, she has been teaching woodworking and furniture making for over 15 years. Her workshop teaching experience includes the North Bennet Street School, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts. Ellen demonstrates woodworking techniques throughout New England. She has given talks and demonstrations at the National Museum of Industrial Industry, Boston Design Week, Boston Athenaeum, Peabody Essex Museum, Old Sturbridge Village and Society of Arts & Crafts. She has written articles for Fine Woodworking Magazine and her lessons are featured in instructional videos for their website.

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