Drawers are no more complicated than sliding boxes, in a nearly unlimited variety of sizes, shapes, and ways they are built and supported. We’ll explore the best of these variations, along with dovetails, using solid wood bottoms, determining the thickness of the various parts, dealing with seasonal wood movement, and adding decorative details such as cockbeads.
Most of these ideas can be distilled to a simple and elegant drawer design that works for nearly every situation. We’ll build one or two such fine drawers, ones that can serve as models for every drawer you go on to build.
Since the focus is on making strong and well-fitting drawers, you will need a case or perhaps table to build your drawers into. You have two choices, both of which need some prior planning.
- Make a simple case, essentially a box, assembled however you want. If it is very simple —and I’m glad to supply a design — you can build it the first 2 days of class. Gauge your skills and decide how much time you want to devote to the case vs. the drawers. If you are feeling adventurous, cut the face of your case to a slight curve.
- Make a table or other piece of furniture, less the drawers. Simple is best. You could leave out the support for the drawer(s), so we can discuss the best ways to do this and then build them.
Garrett's suggestions for drawers boxes
See Garrett's Tool List
We will offer a kit for option 1 (above - building a box and fitting a drawer). We'll price that out nearer the class time. Please select the materials deposit option when you register.
Garrett designed this class with and for graduates of some of his previous classes at the School. The class is not limited to those graduates - drawer making and fitting is a key skill that any furniture maker should have. You should be comfortable using and maintaining hand tools and have made several pieces of furniture using hand cut joinery.
Class Information and Registration
Class starts at 9:00am on the first day.
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When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.
|September 9-13, 2013
Silky Smooth Drawers