Frame and Panel Essentials
with Steve Habersetzer and Greg Kossow

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Basics of Woodworking Series Level:  II


"Construction techniques for buildng framed panels with hand tools"

Furniture or wall trim built with frame and panel construction is designed to let wood expand and contract with the seasonal changes in moisture content. Most traditional solid wood furniture is built using frame and panel construction - this gives it a rythym or style that sit well with the eye. Most traditional panel doors are built as frame and panel.

The panels in the frames can be either flat or raised. In this class we'll show you how make both flat and raised panels - we'll focus on how you do this by hand using a mixture of hand planes and moulding planes.

When you add moulded edges to the rails and stiles you add a new set of challenges - you can either cope or mitre the joints. We show you how to make simple jigs to mitre the joints.

You'll make a small cabinet door in this class.

Class Description

  • Seasonal wood movement
  • Frame and Panel Design
  • Frame and panel joinery techniques
  • Working with specialty planes
  • Making rails and stiles
  • Flat panels
  • Raised Panels
  • Multiple panel strategies and design
  • Door making


  • We have enough tools for everyone in this class to share.
  • If you have a 1/4" plow plane, router plane or a rabbet plane feel free to bring them along.

More about this class

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  • Blog Entries


We recommend that you have taken the Hand Plane Essentials and the Hand Cut Mortice & Tenon courses (or have a similar level of experience) before taking this class.

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 out registration policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $250
Materials Charge: $35




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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