Woodworking: Small Box Construction

Woodworking: Small Box Construction with Jan Bouterse

Master the fundamentals of box and biscuit joinery as you build an elegant cherrywood box with a hinged top and drawer. Using pre-cut pieces of American black cherry provided by the instructor, learn best practices for gluing up wood, applying a long-lasting finish, and installing an interior velvet “flock it” system. Gain the knowledge and confidence you need to apply your new skills to future projects, both boxes and beyond. All levels welcome; some woodworking experience is helpful but not required.

The capacity for this class is 12 students. This class is presented in collaboration with the John C. Campbell Folk School. There will be an optional Orientation and Closing Ceremony hosted from the Folk School campus that students can attend online.

Class Materials

Your class registration fee includes a materials kit with a value of $100 shipped to your door. An instructional handout, pre-cut wood, glue, biscuits, and flock it supplies will be provided.

You will need to have a device with a camera and an adequate internet connection (minimum download speed of 5 mb/s), a flat work surface, wax paper, screwdriver and rags.

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About the John C. Campbell Folk School & Lessonface

For 96 years, the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina has transformed lives, and brought people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Since 2012, Lessonface has connected more than 30,000 students with over 2,000 great teachers for live music, language, and arts lessons online, delivering on our mission to help students achieve their goals while treating teachers equitably.

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The class will meet for two 4.5-hour live online sessions with a break 12 pm ET | 9 am PT | 17:00 UTC on Saturday and Sunday (January 28 and 29).

Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recordings of the classes.

12:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Woodworking: Small Box Construction
Jan Bouterse

How It Works

Enroll above to save your spot in the class. Lessonface will send you a confirmation right away, and a Zoom link 24 hours before the class start time. You can log into your Lessonface dashboard to access class materials, communicate with your instructor, join the live Zoom session, and access the class recordings and chat transcript afterward. Class enrollments may be cancelled for full refund up to five days before the class start date, with the exception of the materials kit fees which are non-refundable.

Jan Bouterse

Jan Bouterse

Jan was born and educated in the Netherlands and came to the US in his mid twenties. He always wanted to be a cabinet maker, started and operated his cabinet shop in 1985, sold it in 2007, and traveled for 5 years throughout the US to certify shops for the Architectural Woodworking Institute Quality certification Program. He has taught furniture making at The John C Campbell Folk School and counts this as one of his most wonderful experiences. In his words: "I have learned most from making mistakes and am still at it". Jan loves to see his grandchild 'tinker'. Please have a look at his website: https://www.janswood.com

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