Build a Coopered Cabinet


  • Rosewood Studio Perth, Ontario, Canada

The technique that gives barrels, boats, and bongos their interesting curved shapes is essentially coopering, joining together individual staves or planks. It's an efficient way to create simple to complex curved forms, and one we'll explore to build a small hanging cabinet.

What makes this a fun project is the variety of the curves we can create by how we shape our staves, taper them, or detail them with beads or shallow coves, Beyond the interesting curved facade of our cabinets, we have the practical concerns of supporting a shelf or two, building a curved door, and cutting some curved moldings.

 As with every HACK class, we will work a lot with hand tools to shape and join the staves, smooth the flat backboards and shelves, adjust joints, and shape the curved door and moldings. Design is going to be a part of our discussions as we look at where this useful technique of coopering can lead.