Rosewood Studio School of Fine Woodworking; Tools, Courses, Workshops and Instruction

Drawer Making and Fitting

   Start Date: May 14, 2018

Tuition and Materials: $875

 It never fails; when someone examines a piece of furniture, they will open and close a drawer if they can find one! A well fit drawer is a pleasure to use, and a hallmark of a carefully made piece of furniture.

 In this class, we begin with a demonstration of classic hand-cut dovetails, and after "warming up" with some practice joints, proceed with the building and fitting of a traditional solid wood drawer featuring through and lapped dovetails and a solid wood bottom.

 We’ll examine the nuances of a well fit drawer, material selection, grain continuity, alternate drawer suspension systems, the use of drawer slips and accommodating seasonal wood movement. Students will fit their drawers to the table started in Build a Shaker Nightstand or a study carcass prepared expressly for this exercise. Students chosing to take Build a Shaker Nightstand and Drawer Making and Fitting can combine the classes into a two week program priced at $1,500.

Drawer by student Darrin McArthur
  Tools you’ll be using:

Complete tool kits are available for student use free of charge, but attendees are encouraged to bring any of the tools listed below that they already own, and have them tuned, sharpened and ready to work.
          - #4 smoothing or #5 jack plane                          -carpenter's pencil
- adjustable mouth block plane                            - dovetail saw
- 2" engineer square                                            - honing guide
- 12" combination square                                     - marking gauge 
- small sliding bevel gauge                                   - .5 mm mechanical pencil
- 1000 and 6000 grit water stones                      - Sharpie marker
- set of bevel edge chisels                                   - measuring tape
- small chisel hammer                                           - notebook

Please be aware that safety glasses are required for all courses. Hearing protection is also recommended.                                                    
  Pre-requisites: Excellence With Hand Tools and Mastering Machinery or equivalent. Please see our note on pre-requisites.
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