Case Construction

Every furniture project requires an individual approach to joinery, design, and construction. However, there are a number of time-tested rules that will help guide you through complex projects. The Basics: • Follow conventional wisdom: Woodworking has
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  • Built-ins That Fit Like a GloveBuilt-ins That Fit Like a Glove

    by Greg Zall

    Built-in cabinets require a marriage between woodworking and carpentry, and that often means you have to insert a perfectly square cabinet into a not-so-square ...

  • Make a Stronger Shiplapped BackQ & A: Make a Stronger Shiplapped Back

    by Michael Pekovich

  • Do an About-Face on CabinetsDo an About-Face on Cabinets

    by Steve Latta

    If your approach to case construction has always been to build the case first and then attach a face frame, Steve Latta would like a moment of your time. His method—learned ...

  • Kitchen Cabinet Tips from Norm AbramKitchen Cabinet Tips from Norm Abram

    by Norm Abram

    Two smart suggestions that make it easy to build strong, square kitchen cabinets

  • Build a Multidrawer Cabinet: Step-by-Step Case Glue-Up and AssemblyVideo: Build a Multidrawer Cabinet: Step-by-Step Case Glue-Up and Assembly

    with Chris Gochnour

    Techniques to assemble a square and sound carcase, in part two continued of this video workshop.

  • A Back for Every CabinetA Back for Every Cabinet

    by Steve Latta

    Cabinet backs are often overlooked when it comes to design, because in many cases they are hidden from view. But there are times when you want a case back to be ...

  • The Miter Joint for CaseworkThe Miter Joint for Casework

    by David Hyatt

    The miter joint is not only for use on picture frames, edging, or molding. This joint is also an attractive means of joining the body of a cabinet. Clean and simple, ...

  • Secondary Wood is Not Second BestSecondary Wood is Not Second Best

    by Mario Rodriguez

    For centuries, furniture makers have used lesser, plainer wood for hidden or rarely seen parts. These "secondary" woods were cheaper, and the [practice saved money ...

  • Make a Tapered Sliding DovetailMake a Tapered Sliding Dovetail

    by Matt Berger

    A router, plywood fence, and shim make easy work of producing this sturdy mechanical joint for shelves and partitions

  • Fortify Your JoineryFortify Your Joinery

    by Garrett Hack

    Corner blocks are a simple way to add strength to a piece of furniture. Often you’ll find these small blocks glued behind bracket feet and crown moldings or under ...

  • Anatomy of a Chest of DrawersAnatomy of a Chest of Drawers

    by Will Neptune

    Will Neptune breaks down the design of a chest of drawers showing various In this heavily illustrated article, furniture maker Will Neptune breaks down the design ...

  • How to Dress Up a Basic BoxHow to Dress Up a Basic Box

    by Roger Holmes

    A pair of bedside tables prompted Roger Holmes to explore methods of enhancing the basic box that woodworkers so often face building. This article shows how to ...

  • Router-Cut ColumnsRouter-Cut Columns

    by Bill Ewing

    Cabinetmaker Bill Ewing figured out how to make a round cylinder with a router rather than a lathe and share his techniques in this article. His columns are made ...

  • Large-Case Construction StrategiesLarge-Case Construction Strategies

    by Bruce Cohen

    Bruce Cohen has a way to simplify projects like his nine-drawer dresser, which has more than 100 parts and even more joints. In this article he explains how to ...

  • A Game Plan for Big Cabinet JobsA Game Plan for Big Cabinet Jobs

    by John W. West

    John W. West explains starts big jobs (like putting in a library) by making painstaking measurements on story poles, choosing materials, and tuning up his equipment. ...

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