Hand Tool Basics: Build A Six Board Chest

with Megan Fitzpatrick

July 15 - 16 , 2017

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Hand Tool Basics: Build a Six Board Chest

with Megan Fitzpatrick

July 15-16, 2017

Saturday (9-5) Sunday (9-4)

Materials Fee: $60

Required Tools: See Below

Registration Information

Total cost is $335; $275 Ticket and $60 Materials Fee. Lunch included. Limited to 14 people.

Located at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks: Route 1, Warren, Maine 04864.

To sign up, click the 'Buy' button above or call: 800-327-2520. A non-refundable $125 advance deposit is required at checkout; full payment is required 30 days before the workshop. For more information email us.


The “six-board chest” form has endured for more than four hundred years as a solid and useful piece. Its design can be tweaked to work with any aesthetic, and it is simple to make with just a few tools and cut nails.

In this class, students will learn how to turn dimensional lumber into a piece of furniture and will receive expert instruction in sawing, chiseling, handplaning, simple joinery, the proper use of cut nails, how to “clench” a nail, hinge installation and more. Over the course of the weekend students will build a small chest, and gain skills that will translate well into larger and more complicated projects.

This course is open to all woodworkers, but is being geared toward beginners or anyone looking to tackle their first project but not sure where to begin.

About the Instructor:

Megan Fitzpatrick is editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine and content director for the woodworking group at F+W Media. She joined the Popular Woodworking Magazine team in 2005 as managing editor and was promoted to her current position in late 2012. Megan in the midst of restoring a 1906 foursquare in Cincinnati, so most of her recent interaction with wood has been framing and trim carpentry. When it comes to making furniture, she enjoys building in the Shaker and Arts & Crafts styles, and prefers using hand tools for most operations simply because they’re quieter.

Required Tools

Below are some of the tools we'll learn about in the class. We encourage you to bring your own tools or buy the required tools when you get here, as there are not enough classroom tools to outfit everyone.

Please do not bring tools in need of repair or major fettling – there will not be time to fully tune them for use during the workshop.

Please keep in mind, the best way to guarantee available tools for the class is to call ahead with an order. Some items on this list may be specific to another toolmaker. Please call us with any questions.

Note: The list below references tools Lie-Nielsen carries, though you are welcome to bring tools from other makers.