Shaker-Style Candle Box

Fri Jul 12, 9:00 AM - Sat Jul 13, 5:00 PM, 2019 (EDT)
The Artisans Guild, 181 W. Jackson Street, Millersburg, OH, USA  

This is a skills-building project aimed at helping students combine several fundamental skills into a small project built in a two-day class. Students will perform the layout and construction of a Shaker-influenced candle box. A chamfered sliding lid and hidden compartment will feature in the box which can be hung on a wall or set on table. Students can choose to construct their box with dovetails or rabbeted and nailed with forged nails.

The Guild will offer a choice of a cherry or poplar lumber package; however, students can bring their own lumber according to the cut list provided.

Primary Skills Taught in this Class

  • Layout and marking
  • Plow a groove
  • Lay out and cut through dovetails
  • Chamfering a panel
  • Cutting and filing a decorative curve

Class Prerequisites

To get the most from this class, these are important skills and abilities to have so the instructor can focus on the curriculum above. You don’t have to be a master, but it’s best to have reasonable confidence in these skills. We can help refine these skills in class if needed, but we likely won’t have time to teach them from scratch. When in doubt - ask!

  • Sharpening chisels and plane irons
  • Flatten, thickness, and square a board
  • Basic sawing with a backsaw (dovetail, carcass, etc.)

Tool List

The following tools are required in order to fully participate in the class:

  • Fore plane (Stanley No. 5, et. al.)
  • Smoothing plane (Stanley No. 3, et. al.)
  • Plow plane (or a 1/4” chisel); for cutting a groove
  • Dovetail saw (sharp and ready to use)
  • Coping or turning saw
  • Hand drill and XX” bit
  • Coarse and fine half-round rasps
  • Sharpening media
  • Marking knife
  • Tape measure or two-fold ruler
  • 12” combination square
  • Pencil

The following tools are optional, but encouraged:

  • Countersink bit
  • Spokeshave
  • Card scraper


There is an approximate $30 materials fee if you choose to have the Artisans Guild provide the materials for you; however, you are welcome to bring your own materials according to the cut list. During registration you’ll choose which materials option you plan to use.

Materials provided through the Guild are paid for at the time of class. Be prepared to pay for materials on the first day (cash or check please).

Cut List

  • (2) sides: 4-1⁄4” wide x 14-1/8” long, both 1/2” thick
  • (1) Lid: 5-1⁄2” wide x 13-5/8” long x 7/16” thick
  • (1) Top: 3-1⁄2” wide x 6-1/8” long and 1/2”thick
  • (1) Bottom: 4-1⁄4” wide x 6-1/8” long and 1/2”thick
  • (1) Back: 5-5/8” wide x 16-7/8”long x 7/16” thick
  • (1) Sub back: 5-5/8” wide x 13-7/8”long x 3/16” thick


  • All lumber should be over-sized in thickness by 1/32” to allow for finish planing and scraping
  • The width should be 1/8” wider to allow for spelching (tear-out)

Other Information

Charles Murray

The Artisans Guild, 181 W. Jackson Street, Millersburg, OH, USA
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