Last week we had a hands-on class in the 360 Woodworking shop. Three woodworkers came to just outside Cincinnati to spend five days building a silverware chest (it’s really a miniature blanket chest). We called it a silverware chest because the interior was fitted with two lift-out trays. One guy came up from Florida, and the other two hailed from around Atlanta.
As you can see in the photo above, each of the woodworkers completed their respective chests — not only the exteriors were wrapped up, but the two trays were knocked out, too. Kudos to them. And their work was impressive. Dovetails were tight, moldings were straight and the drawers fit to a T.
During the class we covered how to lay out and cut dovetails (both through and half-blind), including a few techniques to increase your accuracy and speed. We also walked through proper milling techniques, learned the tips and secrets to working with crotch boards and discovered a couple of methods to make sure your miters are dead on. We also covered bracket and ogee-bracket feet.
Our thanks to Mitch , David and Frank for a fun week in the shop.
If you’d like to increase your building skills or enhance your finishing techniques, check out and sign up for a class with the guys at 360 Woodworking.