The Furnituremaking Workshops @ J. Miller Handcrafted Furniture offer a wide range of hands-on classes in the craft of making furniture. 

Classes are small in size - 6 to 8 students - and can accommodate a wide range of skill levels, from novices to professionals;  anyone looking to refine their craft or explore a new area of furnituremaking. The workshops range from a single weekend afternoon to a full forty-hour week. I concentrate on teaching good fundamentals, and then building from there. If you start by getting the fundamentals right, everything else both makes more sense, and will be easier to master.

For a simple schedule of workshops offered, click here.

For more general information about the workshops, the shop itself, and a brief bio of Jeff Miller, click here.

Private lessons are also available, where you can work with Jeff one-on-one on the topic or project of your choice. Please call for more information.

Summer/Fall 2014 Workshops

A Day of Hand Tools

This class combines the sharpening, tuning, and set-up of your hand tools with skill building and hand tool techniques. The course covers primarily chisels and hand planes, with some discussion of scrapers and spokeshaves.

Tuition.......... $200.00

A Day of Hand Tools: Saturday,  June 21st,  2014, 9 AM -  5 PM

Also offered: Saturday, September 6th 2014, 9 AM - 5 PM

Dovetail Workshop

In our Dovetail Workshop, you'll learn to cut dovetails two ways: by hand, and using the tablesaw and bandsaw (with a simple, terrifically versatile jig that you can easily make at home). A one-day, hands-on workshop devoted to this functional and sometimes frustrating joint. Why settle for the mechanical look of routed dovetails when you can learn to cut beautiful dovetails with these methods? Work on the key skills for hand-cut joints, and see how these skills can be applied elsewhere in your woodworking.

Tuition.......... $100.00

Dovetail Workshop: Saturday, June 28th 2014, 12 -  5 PM

Also offered: Saturday, September 13th, 2014, 12 - 5 PM

Mortise and Tenon Joinery by Hand

The most important and widely-used joint in furniture making is one that many people spend much time and effort trying to avoid. But cutting and fitting the joints by hand is not only possible; it's surprisingly quick and fun to do. We'll work on chopping mortises, sawing tenons, and then the crucial fitting of the joint. Lots of tips, tricks, and techniques.

Tuition.......... $100.00

Mortise and Tenon Workshop: Saturday, August 16th, 2014, 12 - 5 PM


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Shaping and Bending Curves

Mastering curves can open up a whole range of projects, and help bring your woodworking to a new level. We'll discuss layout, cutting, smoothing, and refining curves, including three dimensional curves. Then we'll move on to bending curves by laminating thin layers together. A variety of tools and jigs for doing curved work will be covered. 

Tuition.......... $100.00

Shaping and Bending Curves: Saturday, September 27th, 2014, 12 - 5 PM NOTE:  DUE TO A FAMILY CONFLICT I NEED TO CANCEL THIS CLASS.

Make a Slat-Back Chair

This workshop will introduce you to the pleasures and rewards of making chairs, in this case, our elegant and extremely comfortable Slat-Back Chair.
This intensive week-long class, will not only cover the necessary skills and techniques, but will de-mystify the process of building a chair. Discussions of chair design, structure, and comfort complement the work on bending and shaping parts, cutting the angled joints, assembling, and preparing the seat for upholstery. Finishing and upholstery will be discussed, but not done in class. Woodworking experience necessary.

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Tuition.......... $1250.00

Make a Slat-Back Chair: Monday - Friday, October 6th - 10th, 2014, 9 AM -  5 PM

The French Tenoning Saw and Tenoning Frame

The French Tenoning Saw is one of the best ways I've come across for cutting tenon shoulders. It is used in conjunction with a Tenoning Frame, a small vise that holds the workpiece for this work. These tools have been largely forgotten today, but a century or more ago were important to building furniture in France (you can find an article I wrote about these tools in the February 2014 Popular Woodworking Magazine). Here is a chance to make a set of these tools for your own use. I'll supply the saw blade, the vise screw, and the remaining materials for a Tenoning Saw, a Tenoning Frame, and a layout gauge.

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Tuition............ $650.00

Build the French Tenoning Saw and Tenoning Frame: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 24, 25 and 26th, 2014, 9 AM - 5 PM

Furniture Design Fundamentals

Moving from the idea of a piece of furniture to an actual piece requires skills and techniques. There are also tools available that can help. This workshop introduces the fundamental skills, techniqes and tools that you need to work up your ideas and turn them into successful designs. We'll also go through a number of exercises that can help explore your design ideas, including creation of a small model.

Tuition.......... $100.00

Furniture Design Workshop: Saturday, November 8th,  2014, 12 -  5 PM

Build a Dovetailed Stool

I'm still developing the design for this piece! More soon!

Tuition.......... TBD

Dovetailed Stool Workshop: Monday - Friday, November 6 - 10, 9 AM - 5 PM


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