This five week intensive class is designed for the serious student who has the time and desire to focus on a comprehensive course of study in the craft of fine cabinet and furniture making. Students will be guided through a series of fundamental and systematic training exercises designed to help develop and advance their woodworking skills while becoming more familiar with the workings of a woodshop environment. This class is designed to take the beginner and more experienced woodworkers alike to a level that would take years to accomplish on their own.
The course integrates the mastering of hand and machine skills with a project that encompasses methods and techniques needed for accurate case work, as well as table construction. The project features frame and panel doors as well as dovetailed drawer construction, along with the making, fitting and hanging of doors and shelves. Students will learn how to design, layout and execute typical wood joinery such as hand-cut dovetails and mortise and tenon wood joints. An emphasis will be placed on hand tool maintenance and use along with the proper and safe use of common woodshop machinery such as the table saw, jointer, thickness planer, router and bandsaw.
The project is an elegant, medium size cherry sideboard which contains a number of drawers and a storage compartment containing shelves which are hidden by a paneled door. Completion of the course will enable students to work more independently on advanced projects and be able to concentrate their efforts on specialized techniques used in a vast array of furniture styles and designs. The school has a full compliment of ready to use high end hand tools and power tools which you are welcome to use. These tools also will give you some experience and guidance in picking out your own tools which you will eventually acquire.
Mickey Callahan is the founder and president of The Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He taught furniture making at Boston’s prestigious North Bennett Street School and has written articles for Fine Woodworking Magazine, American Period Furniture Magazine and other publications along with doing commission period furniture work.
The unique scheduling format of this class: four days a week with the week of Thanksgiving off, allows participants to be a part of the class without totally “giving up” the rest of their busy lives for five weeks. We will meet for an additional 3 days in January to finish up any details and review any questions. the dates will be determined by the class. Sign up today- Space is limited. Tuition: $2300.00 plus materials
The sideboard in the photo (designed and built by Garrett Hack) is very similar to the design we will be using in class.
will be scheduled again Fall 2015
Photo used with permission of Taunton Press & Garrett Hack
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