Introduction To Hand Tools: Build A Shaker Inspired Stool

with Laura Zahn

August 26 - 27 , 2017

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Introduction to Hand Tools: Build a Shaker Inspired Stool

with Laura Zahn

August 26-27, 2017

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

Materials Fee: $30

Required Tools: See Below

Registration Information

Total cost is $305; $275 Ticket and $30 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.


Furniture makers have long considered the dovetail to be the standard for joinery excellence. Not only is it a mechanically strong joint, it is also aesthetically beautiful and when cut by hand is a mark of true craftsmanship.

In this workshop Laura Zahn will use the simple dovetail to teach students the importance of hand tools in their work. Through proper layout, the precise use of hand tools, and close attention to detail, students will find that this seemingly intricate joint is easy to execute. Students will use these techniques to construct a Shaker-inspired step stool.

About the Instructor

Los Angeles based furniture maker Laura Zahn is founder and manager at Allied Woodshop, a collective shop that builds community around furniture making by offering bench space, workshops, maker talks, and apprenticeships. She attended The Krenov School and now teaches at California State University, Long Beach.

In her own work, at her company Off The Saw, Laura aims to combine sensitivity toward material with personal expression in her work. She strives for fine craftsmanship, using machines as a starting point in her process, but focusing on the handwork that makes each piece a unique, heirloom-quality item.

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.