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This workshop will guide participants through the process of making a dovetailed, Shaker-style, step stool. Instructors will emphasize the precise use of hand tools and the importance of laying out joinery. Before building the step stool, participants will practice a variety of dovetail joints that will be applicable not only to the step stool, but also to future furniture projects.

All materials and supplies are included. Students can supply their own hand tools or rent from the shop for a $25 fee. Please add the Hand Tool Rental to your cart before checkout.


Nathaniel Hill

This workshop requires you to bring or rent a set of hand tools from the shop for $25. The tools you will need include:


  • Pencils and eraser
  • Measuring tool: a tape measure or ruler will do.
  • Mallet: Shop Fox makes a nice, inexpensive brass mallet.
  • Bench chiselset (or at least a couple smaller chisels and a larger one like a 3/4”): Chisels range in price and quality. Irwin makes the good entry level Marples chisels, but you can spend more on brands like Veritas (PM-V11), Lie-Nielsen, and many others.
  • Sharpening stones: EITHER Norton 1000 grit and 4000/8000 grit waterstones, combination grit 60/600 oilstone or multiple grit diamond stones.
  • Marking knife or utility knife
  • Dovetailsaw (20+ teeth/inch): There are numerous ones on the market, including those made by Crown, Lee Valley/Veritas, Dozuki, and Lie-Nielsen. We highly recommend the Zona saw for cutting dovetails - very cheap and small kerf!
  • Block plane: Stanley makes a good affordable one, but again you can spend more on other brands.


  • Combination square: Starrett makes an excellent square in both 6” and 12”, but there are less expensive options available.
  • Safety glasses and ear protection (will be provided but feel free to purchase your own pair)
  • Marking gauge: There are a variety of Japanese and Western-style marking gauges that range in price. Japan Woodworker has a good range of them on its website. You only need a single-bladed marking gauge instead of a marking gauge or simple utility knife if you choose to go this route.
  • Bevel gauge: Stanley or any other kind.
  • Smoothing plane: Stanley #4 is the best entry level plane, but you can more expensive with many of the other brands mentioned elsewhere on this list.

Getting Here

Allied Woodshop
407 E Pico Blvd, 10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Please arrive 15 minutes early. We will have coffee and pastries waiting for you to start the day. 

Parking is available in nearby lots for $5-$7/day, cash only. We recommend the lots on Pico Blvd just East of Wall St. Drive up the ramp and an attendant will direct you to a space. Myrtle Ave has 10-hour, metered parking for $4/day and the meters accept credit cards. Street parking is free in most street spaces after 6pm and on Sundays, just be sure to check the signs.  

What to Wear

Please wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. Boots or sneakers are fine and long pants are preferable. Do not wear loose or baggy clothing and please tie back long hair. No dangly jewelry. Please note, this is a woodshop with no AC. You can expect to get sweaty and dusty. Woodworking is hard work!

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are available in electronic form. If you would like to gift a class, please include the name of the recipient in the purchase notes and we'll email you a gift certificate.

Refund and Transfer Policy

All workshops can be refunded, minus a $50 registration fee, up to one month in advance of the class. Students can transfer to a future class with at least two weeks advance notice. No portion of the course fee will be refunded or transferred less than two weeks before the class start date. To cancel or transfer your spot, please email

There are no refunds, transfers, make-ups, or deferments for missed classes in multi-day workshops.

Allied Woodshop reserves the right to cancel a class for insufficient registration.

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