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Casework Essentials

  • DICTUM Munich Germany (map)

Case pieces nearly anything with some drawers or doors are one of the most common furniture forms makers design and build. We are going to explore the fundamentals of casework by designing and building our own small cabinets in solid wood.

Think about this project as a "study" piece a place to try out some new design ideas while learning the basics of good case construction. You will undoubtedly refer to your cabinet many times in the future to better understand shelves, drawers, doors, case backs, moldings, secret compartments, and a whole lot more.

Demonstrations and discussion address topics such as as strong case joinery, choosing appropriate materials, working with solid wood and wood movement, building drawers and how to support them, fitting and hanging doors, along with lots of fun details for edges and surfaces. A constant theme will be elegant and efficient design.

Naturally our emphasis will be on using hand tools for their effectiveness and enjoyment. We will size, smooth, shape, and fit parts with planes and other tools, but also integrate machines to make the building process efficient and accurate. And we are going to have a lot of fun constructing casepieces that will inspire many other projects you will certainly go on to build.


Earlier Event: October 14
Tambor Doors