The Furnituremaking Workshops @ J. Miller Handcrafted Furniture offer a wide range of expertly taught 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. I believe when you start by getting the fundamentals right, everything else makes more sense, and is 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.



2015 Workshops



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.

Tuition.......... $225.00

A Day of Hand Tools: Saturday,  June 20, 2015, 9 AM -  5 PM

Also offered: Saturday, September 12, 2015, 9 AM - 5 PM




Build a Contemporary Cabriole Coffee Table

Contemporary Cablriole Leg Table

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.


Tuition.......... $1275

Contemporary Cabriole Coffee Table: Monday - Friday, June 22 - 26, 9 AM - 5 PM



Furniture Design Workshop

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.......... $225.00

Furniture Design Fundamentals Workshop: Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9 AM - 5 PM




slatback chairs

Slat-BackChair Making Workshop

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.......... $1275.00

Slat-Back Chair Making Workshop: Monday - Friday, October 5 - 9, 2015, 9 AM - 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.......... $125.00

Mortise and Tenon Workshop: Saturday,  October 10, 2015, 12 - 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). 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.......... $125.00

Dovetail Workshop: Saturday, May 2, 2015, 12:00 - 5:00 p



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.......... $125.00

Shaping and Bending Curves: Saturday, November 21, 2015, 12 - 5 PM






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