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The Shaker Nightstand

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Craft a classic Shaker nightstand that merges beautiful design with sought-after functionality!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Jeff Miller
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Learn essential table-making and hand-tool techniques, and apply your new skills to a variety of other furniture projects! Expert furniture maker Jeff Miller guides you through arranging and jointing your boards, and creating mortises and tenons with precision. Then, properly fit the joints using shoulder and router planes, repair cracked mortises and even patch a joint that's too loose. You'll be able to taper legs like a master with Jeff's tricks for laying out the taper, using a plane and ensuring you don't go too far. You'll even learn how to smooth the top without plying wood fibers apart. Finally, create bevels and buttons, and then smooth and chamfer your table's edges, and assemble your pieces with ease. Plus, use Jeff's finish recipe to really showcase your craftsmanship to its fullest!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction & Tabletop Construction
Meet your instructor, furniture maker Jeff Miller, and get a preview of the gorgeous Shaker table you'll build using hand tools. Then, dive into your project as Jeff discusses how to pick the wood for your tabletop and offers professional advice for planing the edges and gluing the pieces together. Gather Jeff's tips for fixing convex or concave joins and learn the proper technique for clamping multiple boards together.
2. Chopping the Mortises
3. Creating the Tenons
4. Properly Fitting the Joints
5. Tapering the Legs & Smoothing the Top
6. Beveling & Table Buttons
7. Assembly & Finishing

Taught by

Jeff   Miller
Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller is a furniture designer, craftsman, teacher and author. He has been crafting furniture for more than 30 years and currently runs his own workshop and teaches at woodworking schools across the country. His furniture is shown in galleries across the nation, and he is the author of several woodworking books, including The Foundations of Better Woodworking.

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