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 sound fundamentals, and building from there. If you start by getting the fundamentals right, everything else 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.
Winter - Spring 2015 Workshops
Mortise and Tenon Workshop: Saturday, February 7th 2015, 12 - 5 PM
This stool pushes boandaries. In one sense, it's quite simple. The top is dovetailed to the sides, and there's a wedged through-tenon for the stretcher. But then it gets interesting. The sides splay out fro the top and the stretcher, so these joints have an angle. And then there are the curves. The sides curve inward, and the top curves from side to side and front to back. All of this is very manageable for someone with decent hand tool skills; we'll make use of some simple guid blocks and jigs to deal with the angles, and we'll make special hollowing planes to help with the shaping.
Dovetailed Stool Workshop: Monday - Friday, March 9 - 13, 2015, 9 AM - 5 PM
|Building the Shaker Side Table by Hand|
Build this stirking yet simple Shaker side table with hand tools. We'll start with a kit of prepared parts, and work on jointing, gluing up and planing the table top. We'll bevel the underside of the top, chop the mortises on the legs, and saw out and fit the tenons on the aprons. Then we'll taper the legs and work on the table buttons that attach the base to the top.
You'll master a wide variety of hand tool skills, and learn how to put these skills to use in the context of a making a significant piece of furniture.
Dovetailed Stool Workshop: Monday - Friday - Sunday, April 2 - 5, 2015, 9 AM - 5 PM
|A Day of Hand Tools
There are few other things that will have as big an impact on your woodworking than mastering the use of hand tools. This class combines the essential sharpening, tuning, and set-up of your hand tools with skill building and hand tool techniques. We'll work carefully on proper use of your body to get the most efficient and accurate work out of your tools.
The course covers primarily chisels and hand planes, with some discussion of scrapers and spokeshaves.
A Day of Hand Tools: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9 AM - 5 PM
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). 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.
Dovetail Workshop: Saturday, May 2, 2015, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
The animated legs of this coffee table came
from fooling around with traditional cabriole legs in my work. The
table offers a great opportunity to explore curves and some very
interesting joinery while making a very elegant table. The table
pictured is roughly 35" square; we'll make tables that are roughly 24"
by 36" although some changes can be accomodated. This is the coffee
table that I wrote about for the JUne 2014 Popular Woodworking magazine.
Contemporary Cabriole Coffee Table: Monday - Friday, June 22 - 26, 9 AM - 5 PM