Carcass Essentials
with Steve Habersetzer and Greg Kossow

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Basics of Woodworking Series Level: Intermediate


Carcass Essentials is the culminating class of our Basics of Woodworking Series. In this class we look at the design and construction techniques you would use to build a small cabinet or side table with a drawer.

Building on the Frame and Panel Essentials class we show you how to design and build the entire carcass of  cabinet. There are discrete and simple techniques to build the support and guides for a drawer.

This class will be more a lecture and demonstration class than a hand-on class. We assume that you will have a level of familiarity with hand tool woodworking equivalent to taking all the joinery classes in this Basics of Woodworking Series.

Class Description

  • Legs and Aprons
  • Solid carcass construction with dovetails
  • Integrated frame and panel construction
  • Designing carcasses for draws
  • Strategies for legs and toe spaces
  • Hinges and handles


  • TBD

More about this class

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  • Blog Entries


We recommend that you have taken the Handcut Dovetails, Hand Cut Mortice & Tenons, By Hand and By Eye and Frame and Panel Essentials before taking this class or have an equivalent level of experience.

Class Information and Registration

Class starts at 9:00am on the first day.

Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.

Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 15
Cost: $250
Materials Charge: None




Coming Classes:

We plan to offer this class in 2014. If you are interested, please let us know and we will notify you when the class is scheduled.


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