RE: SAPFM-ORV Spring Meeting April 27 and 28, 2024 at Woodcraft in Columbus, OH

David Conley

Well-known member
SAPFM – ORV Chapter,

1) This entire meeting will be a Group Discussion about a chest of drawers construction details. In the past, I have always been amazed at the quality of information exchanged during these Group Discussions. I am excited about this meeting because I think it will be another tremendous learning opportunity for all of us. Please bring examples, drawings, mockups of the various types of construction details that you want to present, or think the group will be interested in. If you would like to take the lead on one of the many topics listed below, please let me know. I plan to bring in my Seymore Night Stand that has several unique case construction details that allows for wood movement.

2) Saturday’s lunch from Subway went over well at the Fall meeting. We will be using Subways again for the Spring meeting. Cost will be around $10/person. If you are coming to the meeting, please RSVP. If you do RSVP and life happens and you have to cancel, please let me know of the change. This will be used to judge the amount of food to order for Saturday’s lunch.

3) Also, for those arriving on Friday night with no dinner plans, we will meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00pm. If you would like to join us, RSVP for Friday night dinner, so we won’t leave without you.


Society of American Period Furniture Makers

Ohio River Valley Chapter


SATURDAY, April 27, 2024

1. Open doors at 10:00am

Arrive, relax, have some coffee

2. Introductions and Show & Tell, 11:00am – 12:00pm
The “show and tell” is an ice breaker. Please bring anything you would like to show off. If you have a special piece, a project or even a jig, please bring them. For those who haven’t attended a previous meeting, this is a quick introduction, a display of your skills, interests, projects both past and present, jig, etc. It can even be a request for help in a particular area. After we go around the room, we will break for 30 min. During this break, you can seek out the other members who have similar interests and/or have already built a project/jig you want to build. This break will give you the opportunity to meet and establish a new friendship, pick their brains, and continue communicating with them after the meeting. This is extremely helpful for highly specialized niches, like inlays, marquetry, carving, Bombay chest, etc.

2a) Introductions and Show & Tell, 11:00 - 11:30am
Name, where you live, your past and present projects, classes, and/or your particular interest and your Show & Tell item if you brought one. …

2b) Break to discuss Show & Tell one-on-one, 11:30am-12:00pm
Also, we will have another swap meet. If you've got something to sell or trade, please bring it.

3) Lunch, 12:00 – 1:00pm

4. Demonstrations 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Group Discussion: Chest of Drawers

(We will start the discussions on Saturday then break for dinner at 5:00pm. The discussion will pick up where we left off on Sunday.)

  • Proportions:
    • How to size or resize the outside case of a Chest of Drawers
    • How to size the drawer heights.
  • Case Construction
    • Design to Prevent Racking
    • Sides to Top
    • Sides to Bottom
    • Drawer Blades & Drawer Runners
      • Dovetail into the case
      • Half Dovetail into the case
      • Mortice & Tenons Blades
      • Drawer Runners
    • Back Panels
    • Attaching the Feet
  • Drawer Construction
    • How to Size Drawers for a Drawer Opening
    • Handcut Dovetail Drawers
    • Drawer Bottom Construction Detail
    • Cockbeading

SUNDAY, April 28, 2024

Breakfast (on your own)

5. Demonstrations 9:00am – 12:00pm

Group Discussion: Chest of Drawers

The discussion will pick up where we left off on Sunday.

6. Wrap-up, 12:00 - 12:30pm

Woodcraft – Columbus, Ohio
1077 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220
Phone: (614) 273-0488

HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS (10 minutes from Woodcraft):
Courtyard Columbus Worthington
7411 Vantage Drive
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 436-7070
Group Name: American Period Furniture Makers Group
Group Rate: $ 119.00 + tax

Call to reserve: 1-614-436-7070

Reservation cutoff date: April 1, 2023.

Cancellation Policy: 48hrs advance notice