Stickley Sideboard Class

by Dale on August 11, 2013

If you have been wanting to build the sideboard this year, now is the time to do it. The sideboard is very similar to the modern factory made one by the L. & J.G., Stickley Co.

only better…MB-skiley side bar

Their construction method has the gallery on the back as an add-on piece – attached to the top. Ours is like the old, original with tall legs in the back. Our top is one inch thickness, for a heavier look. We use old fashioned mortise locks on the doors, and top quality pulls on the drawers (dovetail, of course).

We also do the butterfly inlays in the wood of your choice. It is a hybrid technique with a trim router and hand tools. We will also make quadrilinear legs for beautiful quartersawn white oak on all four sides.

You will learn the classic mortise & tenon joint, used throughout the project. Making and fitting panel doors, and panelized carcase construction. Inlay procedures, making and fitting drawers, attaching solid wood tops and more. When you complete this sideboard in six days you will have acquired the skills to build many, many different similar complex carcases; end tables, coffee tables, dining tables, and the list goes on.

I won’t be offering this class on next year’s schedule. So it’s the time to build it, learn more woodworking skill in the process and have a lot of fun at the same time. The dates are August 26 – 31st. There is now only room for two students, so sign up today. The class instruction fee and materials = $1050 plus state sales tax.

This class is fine for beginner’s level. You may not think you could build this but with good instructions and a small class of 4 or less this is no problem, just fun. And when you complete the project you will no longer consider yourself a beginner. There are many ‘intermediate’ level craftsman who would benefit from this class as well.

So many of us are self-taught which at times leaves some gaps in our training. Taking classes and building new projects fill in those gaps with solid knowledge and experience.

You will come away with an heirloom piece of furniture, and a new confidence in your skill level so that your next project of the future will be amazing!

Sign up  on our school page or call me, your instructor; Dale at 812-723-3461 if you have any questions regarding the class. For this class we need to order the materials soon to be here for the class start time.

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Andy Batten May 6, 2014 at 2:37 am

Is this class available this year or was this from last year. I run a community development organization in Cleveland and am looking for ideas of projects that will help me learn a new skill that I can share with the youth I mentor. Arts and crafts era furniture would be a great start.

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Dale May 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Hi Andy, The sideboard class isn’t offered this year, it may be on next years schedule. It is a six day class, fairly complex furniture, but no problem for most beginners. You would be more than welcome to come for a class and I wish you all the best with the youth you are mentoring, Dale

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