Make Your Own Live-Edge Shaker Table

This seven-session workshop equips students to move safely and strategically in the ADX Wood Shop by diving into the building of a serious piece of furniture: a Shaker-style live-edge bench or small table. Explore the basic principles of lumber selection, hand tool and machinery safety, milling, mortise and tenon joinery, and finishing. Take the project from blueprint through completion, learn to both organize and conceptualize a furniture project, and practice being in the wood shop environment. The content and combination of machinery used will expand student’s ability to problem-solve and make confident, independent decisions while using the joiner, planer, chop saw, table saw (including dado blade), mortiser, biscuit joiner, chisel, hand planes, and sanders.

This 7-week series runs on consecutive Friday evenings.


All materials are provided, including hardwood lumber, live-edge benchtop, consumables, and safety equipment. Jointer, planer, chop saw, table saw (including dado blade use), mortiser, biscuit joiner, chisel, hand planes, sander, ruler, square, scribe, finish scraper.


Working Properties of Wood

Fundamentals of Milling

Accurate Marking and Measuring

Machine safety

Gluing Wood


Design and Proportioning

Surface Preparation and Sanding



Ben Shafer ­Rickles graduated from Vermont Woodworking School, and has been teaching and building furniture since. His designs unionize complex joinery and functionality and purpose. In the woodshop and beyond he often produces a contagious smile, and is referred to by his friends as an energizer bunny. He takes any opportunity to explore anything that’s new.


Students are strongly encouraged to take Intro to Wood before this workshop series. Exceptions may be made for students with prior shop experience. For additional information, including waiving this pre-req, contact


Classes are limited to 4 students to ensure lots of hands-on time with the tools and personal attention from the instructor. If the class is sold out but you’re still interested in this particular class, we can add your name to a waitlist and will contact you if a ticket becomes available. Email for more information.

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