Build A Dovetailed Silverware Tray

with Megan Fitzpatrick

September 08 - 09 , 2018

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Build a Dovetailed Silverware Tray

with Megan Fitzpatrick

September 8-9, 2018

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

Materials Fee: $75

Skill Level: Intermediate

Required Tools: See Below

Registration Information

Total cost is $350; $275 Ticket and $75 Materials Fee. Lunch included. Limited to 12 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. In the event that a Workshop needs to be cancelled, we will contact you at this time. For more information call or email us.

Note: For customers unable to take projects with them, shipping charges apply.


Learn how to lay out dovetails with dividers and cut the joints by hand as you build a classic Shaker dining room tray, adapted from an Ejner Handberg drawing in his Shop Drawings for Shaker Furniture & Woodenware Vol. 1 (Berkshire House).

In this two-day class, you’ll learn:

  • How to sharpen chisels and plane blades
  • Dovetail layout using dividers
  • How to use a dovetail saw
  • How to chop to a line and pare with a chisel
  • Strategies for transferring tails to the pin board
  • Techniques for fitting the joint
  • Some “tricks” for fixing less-than-stellar dovetails (not that you’ll need those!)
  • The benefits and use of liquid hide glue
  • How to lay out then cut the handle with a coping saw or frame saw
  • Methods for fairing curves (with rasps, files and/or a spokeshave)
  • How to smooth plane your surfaces
  • How to use a shooting plane to achieve a perfect fit
  • How to properly use cut headless brads to secure the bottom boards and handle
  • Finishing strategies for cherry.

About the Instructor:

Megan Fitzpatrick is a former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, and is now a freelance woodworking writer, editor and teacher. When she’s not building furniture or reading and writing about woodworking, you’ll likely find her involved in a house renovation project on her 1906 Cincinnati four square.

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.