Where: School Of Stuff (The)
What: Cabinet Making Basic Skills
by Chris - September 2014
I took two 3 hour per week evening courses at The School of Stuff in basic and intermediate cabinet making, each one just long enough for a simple but satisfying project. The first essentially covered dovetail joints in a simple but attractive small pine storage box, the second focused on mortise and tenon joints to make a strong and actually very stylish ash stool. The facility doesn't have the professional feel of a Further Education college workshop, but the bench and tool mix were perfectly functional if eclectic, and the two teachers I had were excellent. It wasn't intended to be course preparing me for a career, but it did fulfil my hopes for a small workshop based course teaching the use of hand tools in introductory cabinet making.
Cabinet makers are skilled craftsmen/women who make individually designed and produced pieces of furniture such as chairs, tables, chests of drawers, fitted furniture and cabinets for storage or display. Cabinet makers may also restore antiques or repair damaged furniture. The Cabinet making process begins with obtaining or creating a design drawing of the furniture, from which the quantity and type of materials required and the method of construction are decided. The cabinet maker will then purchase the material from suppliers such as timber yards. Using electric and...more
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