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Rob Spiece

Kentucky Spirits Cabinet

November 14-19, 2022

$1,600

Class Description: Cabinetmaking is a wide and varied discipline and it employs all the skills of a furniture maker.  Taking notes from makers like Wharton Esherick and James Krenov, we can elevate a cabinet by putting natural materials in their best light and in paying close attention to how different woodgrain interacts in a whole piece.

In this class, we’ll be making a dovetailed case fitted with inset doors and a drawer.  Along the way, we’ll use every tool a modern woodshop has to offer.  For this exacting work, a router and table saw will get us close, but we’ll fine tune at the bench with hand tools.

I find cabinetmaking to be among the most rewarding work in the shop.  It allows you to stretch your skills and consider the material you’re working with.

In this course we will cover:

-Practical and impractical furniture design

-Sourcing and working with figured material

-Resawing with the tablesaw and bandsaw

-Through dovetails, three ways

-Installing knife hinges

-Side hung drawers

-Making ship lapped back panels

Required Tool List: 

  • ¼ Trim Router
  • ¼ Straight Cutting Bit
  • Random orbital sander
  • Bench Chisels – ¼, 3/8, ½
  • Dovetail Saw
  • Rabbet or shoulder plane
  • Marking gauge
  • Marking knife
  • Combination Square
  • Tape Measure
  • Bench ruler
  • Pencils
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hearing protection

-Lunches provided.

  • please contact Andy Glenn (glenna@berea.edu) with any questions about the class.