Jeff Miller is a furniture designer, craftsman, teacher, and author of woodworking books and articles (he’s also a former classical musician, and a dad). Jeff’s furniture has been shown in galleries and shows nationwide, and has won numerous awards. His furniture is in the Decorative Arts Collection of the Chicago History Museum.
Jeff’s latest book is The Foundations of Better Woodworking, from Popular Woodworking Books. Jeff’s first book, Chairmaking and Design, was republished in December of 2006 by Linden Publishing. The companion dvd, Chairmaking Techniques, is available from The Taunton Press. Both won the 1998 Stanley Tools Awards for the best “how-to” book and video. Jeff’s second book, Beds was released by Taunton in the fall of 1999. And his third book, Children’s Furniture Projects was released in 2002. Jeff is also a co-author of Storage Projects for All Around the House (Taunton Press, 2005), and Furniture for All Around the House (Taunton Press, 2007).
Jeff Miller Lecture: St. John Fisher College (135 Basil Hall) - Friday April 21, 2017 @ 07:45 PM
On Friday’s presentation, Jeff will talk about his work and experiences as woodworker.
Jeff Miller Workshop
Even if you never plan to build a chair (but especially if you do), learning the techniques, jigs, tips and tricks of a chair-maker will help you grow as a woodworker. Chairmaking requires mastery of joinery, curves, and angles, but the fundamentals that enable that mastery apply to all woodworking.
Jeff Miller is one of the country’s foremost chair makers, and he will demonstrate many of the skills necessary in chairmaking. Jeff will demonstrate hand tool joinery and smoothing, and show how to accomplish the same tasks with machines.
He will cover:
- special jigs and fixtures for both hand tools and machines to work with accuracy and repeatability
- how to work with curved components
- how to lay out and cut the angled M&T joints (and show great ways to cut straight joints as well)
- how to use your body to get the most accuracy and power while working with hand tools or machines
- how to better understand the wood so you can avoid tearout and get smoother surfaces
And he will address specific questions from the audience.
We will help you design, shape, heat treat and temper pieces of O1 tool steel so they become useful tools. With simple metalworking tools and a MAPP gas torch you will be able to make a variety of useful tools. Some easily made tools are: awls, marking knives, chisels, scrapers, skews and such. We will have a variety of homemade tools available to give you ideas about what you can make, and if time permits we will demo how you can use a lathe to make handles for your tools. There will be an additional materials charge to cover the cost of the steel that you will use.