Queen Anne Highboy

Matthew Cremona

An elegant design makes this piece a great introduction to reproduction period furniture and will easily be a focal point in any room.  Store your finest linens (or undies) in style!

Overall dimensions:  41” W x 26” D x 87” H

  • 36 lessons
  • 672 min
  • $100.00

What You’ll Receive:

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction (36 videos in total) showing every step of the build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Period Furniture Design
  • Material Layout
  • Wood Movement Considerations
  • Cabriole Leg Shaping
  • Dovetailed Case Construction
  • Through Dovetails
  • Sliding Dovetails
  • Half-blind dovetails
  • ¾ Overlay Dovetailed Drawer Construction
  • Patternmaking and Routing
  • Curved Moldings
  • Basic Carving
  • Basic Spindle Turning
  • Wiping Varnish Application
  • Hardware installation

What You’ll Need:

Note: This is not a required list of tools. This is simply what I used during the build. Remember, there are always multiple ways to accomplish a task so if you don’t have one or more of these tools, you can very likely still make this project.


  • Planer/Jointer (alternatives: purchase pre-milled lumber kits or use hand planes)
  • Tablesaw
  • Dado Stack
  • Router
  • Bandsaw
  • Drill
  • Lathe (for turning the pad foot and finials)
    • Parting tool, skew, bowl or spindle gouge, round scraper
  • Miter Saw (for cutting gooseneck miters)
  • Spindle Sander
  • Drum Sander (for making the bonnet veneer)
  • Random Orbit Sander
  • Carving Chisels (for gooseneck clean up, fan and finial carving)
  • Hand Tools – Chisels, Medium Bench Plane, Spoke Shave, Shoulder Plane, Card Scrapers, Dovetail and flush trim Saws, Rasp, Round File




The Queen Anne Highboy has SOOO many good tips and tricks in it. I bought it because I just wanted to see something like this made. I have learned more from watching this 1 project than any of the other guild projects. The techniques have applied across so many of my projects. I don’t even make period furniture. Most of what I make would fall into Craftsman or Modern style. If you are on the fence there is a lot to be learned here.

Guild Member

I am a 50 year woodworker and you can learn different ways to build a great furniture piece .lot of step by step info

Guild Member

Don’t think that this project is only useful for building a QA Highboy. The techniques and methods learned from this project go far beyond QA Highboys, Highboys, and QA furniture in general.
I bought this project with the assumption that it would be many years before I would have the skills needed to make an heirloom like this. However, Matt does an excellent job of breaking down each step into manageable pieces, and now I realize that while it is a large project, it is not ‘hard’ to do.
This project should cost far more than it does.

Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Matthew Cremona

Matt is a classic log to furniture woodworker. In 2017 he made his own bandsaw mill and uses it to create massive slabs for himself and other woodworkers to turn into beautiful furniture. He started his YouTube channel in 2014 and has a large and dedicated following. His woodworking style ranges from modern to classic reproductions.

Matt has been a Guild instructor since 2016 and a co-host of the Wood Talk podcast since 2016. He travels to teach periodically at local Guild meetings as well as woodworking events like Woodworking in America.