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


Build a Bow Front Cabinet

Tuition: $930 Cdn

Materials Fee: Approximately 7 board feet of lumber will be used in the making of this cabinet. Students are encouraged to come with their materials accurately milled to the dimensions provided in the parts list in order to get directly to the techniques being covered in the class. Lumber and hardware kits can be ordered at the time of booking your class for those who lack the facilities to prepare their own materials ahead of time. Cherry materials packages are available for $125 plus tax.
   The forms of traditional furniture were often dictated as much by the physical properties of solid wood as they were by the maker’s desire to create a certain appearance. A frame and panel construction is a good example – a seasonally expanding and contracting central panel surrounded by a narrow frame allowed the entire assembly to be fit between two fixed components like the sides of a cabinet.

    But what if what you wanted was a smooth, flat, uninterrupted surface? Or one that is smooth but curving? The use of veneer makes this possible, freeing you to create pieces that couldn’t be made using only solid wood. And while cheap, mass produced stuff that looks like furniture has given veneer a bad reputation, some of the most incredible furniture ever created would not have been possible without the use of veneer. As an example, take a look at some of the work of Art Deco furniture designer Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann.

    In this class students will have the opportunity to use a combination of solid wood and shop-sawn veneers to create a small wall hung cabinet featuring a curved door, perfect for a few of your favourite hand tools, or perhaps a fine bottle of single malt and a couple of tumblers.

  Cabinet by student Katie Barnstaple
    We start by resawing veneers on the band saw, and then press them to form a flat and dimensionally stable back panel for our cabinet. Using a vacuum  press and a curved form, students will then make their own curved cores to create the door for the front of their cabinet. After applying and flushing solid wood edging, we will again use the press to apply the face veneers of the door. The solid wood gables, top and bottom of the cabinet will be constructed using carcass dowelling, a secure, efficient and appropriate form of joinery for a small cabinet.
Pre-requisites: Excellence With Hand Tools and Mastering Machinery or equivalent. Please see our note on pre-requisites.

Hand 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, honed and ready to put to work where applicable.

           - smoothing or jack plane                                - marking gauge
           - adjustable mouth block plane                       - card scraper, burnisher, file 
           - flat and convex spokeshaves                        - set of chisels and chisel hammer
           - 12" combination square                                - .5 mm mechanical pencil
           - sharpening stones and honing guide            - carpenter's pencil
           - blue masking tape                                         - 18” or 24” steel ruler
 Please remember to bring your notebook, safety glasses and hearing protection.

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