Semester 6: Build a Bedroom Suite

Guest Bedroom suite

Production Pricing $150

purchase at the lower rate and watch as I build and upload videos,

regular rate will be $200 upon completion

Build an Entire Guest Bedroom Suite

In keeping with my philosophy that every 3rd semester should be dedicated to review, this semester is all about the projects. Let’s take our skills and just build stuff.

Last year the membership voted and decided that we would build a guest bedroom suite. I say specifically a “guest” bedroom suite because typically this does not include a chest of drawers. Those can be a major project with a lot of lumber and parts and from a time perspective and financial perspective it isn’t feasible to add that into the mix. So we will cover the other elements of the guest bedroom.

Before I joined The Hand Tool School, I was confused and overwhelmed with all the free woodworking material online.  I needed a structured program that would walk me through the process of building something by hand from the very beginning at whatever pace I desired.  The Hand Tool School provides me a very detailed step-by-step curriculum.  The projects draw on skills taught in the lessons and are detailed and entertaining.  But in addition to the great video instruction, Shannon and School community are always available to answer any questions I have.  It is a perfect match for what I needed.

Bill K 
Member Since 2014

Work at Your Own Pace

What makes the lesson in The Hand Tool School so effective is that they never go away.  When you buy a semester you have lifetime access to the material.  No need to worry about cramming in all the content before access goes away or how much it will cost you in monthly fees to get through all the material.  And there is A LOT of material in Semester 6.  

Unlike brick and mortar classes, there is no start time and no need to take vacation time or travel to a location.  With The Hand Tool School you can work at 2 AM in your own shop, with your own tools, and stark naked!  I advise some protective footwear at least.​

Moreover, I think that being able to stop and rewind, or skip to a specific section makes this type of learning even more effective than the whirlwind, fire hose feeding that comes from trying to cram 6 months of instruction into a week long class.  The projects built in semester 6 represent the culmination of the 5 previous semesters from basic milling and joinery to more advanced skills like turning, carving, and veneering.  

I also up the ante on the project format with even more detail in a quick and easy chapter format making it easy to build along and reference exactly the video you need.  Finally I include an in depth "Process Document" with each build that is similar to a magazine format giving details on every step that you can take to the shop as use as your build companion.

Projects & Tools

  • Low Post Bed
  • Blanket Chest
  • Wall Mirror
  • Side Table
  • Tool List

Side Table

hand tool school bedside table

This can be made singly or as a pair to flank the bed. This piece is the anomaly in our bedroom suite. Again drawing from the Sheraton style this table has plenty of storage and an impossibly delicate leg. We will saw our own veneer and really dress up the bow front drawers and top with something special. The image shown at right is merely the inspiration for the piece and while the legs will be similar I’m changing the body completely. The asymmetrical 3 drawer arrangement draws from Shaker built in furniture and the work of Garret Hack. Add to that veneered bow front drawers and there are several challenges inside and out that will be reminiscent of a full blown chest of drawers project. I may even throw in some inlaid banding as long it won’t make the design too busy. It is much higher style than the other pieces but I think it will make a great contrast to the rest of the pieces in the room and a nice focal point for the whole suite.

An Unmatched Learning Experience

I firmly believe that if you follow each lesson, do the practice exercises, and build the projects you will be a better woodworker at the end of it.  I think that dedicating 4-6 months to get through all the lessons and projects is a reasonable goal as well.​  

​Of course I'll be here every step of the way answering your questions.  Ask any of my students, I'm always ready to help.

What I appreciate most is Shannon's humble approach and the community he has created.  He uses his mistakes as lessons in learning.  Shannon willingly asks for feedback, always responds thoughtfully to our questions, and supports us through out struggles.  I really feel like I'm part of a special group.

I knew I was among friends when I watched Shannon build a table while wearing a "Steal Your Face" Grateful Dead t-shirt.  So happy to be a part of this school!​

Dave O 
Member Since 2014

But there is also a community of your peers waiting for you to share your triumphs, project pictures, and to help you when you have troubles.  If you are struggling with a technique or  project, many of them are building the same thing or have already built it and can offer advice.