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I got my start as a furniture maker at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. I completed the school’s 12-week program in 1998, and stayed on as workshop assistant, and then artist in residence. Next I polished my furniture skills in Hoboken, N.J., where I got to work in a highly-regarded cooperative and learned from some of the best professionals around.
TIMOTHY ROUSSEAUAppleton, Maine
I returned to Maine in 2002 and worked as the school’s resident instructor. Now I’m making furniture full-time and lead two of the school’s 12-week programs each year, teaching case construction among other things.
This video workshop is an excellent vehicle for mastering case construction. The series will show you the fundamentals of building a square and stable case to withstand seasonal changes and the test of time. The project includes a variety of unique joinery techniques. The external frame is secured with basic mortise-and-tenon joints but construction gets interesting when you start on the internal web frame.
The front of the case is joined by connectors called blades. Two blades get double tenons that mortise into the leg and the top blade is joined to the case with a dovetail. Tune in to get a great technique for cutting the tenons and dovetails on the bandsaw.
Next, see how to make a frame-and-panel door and fit it to the opening in your case. Then learn an efficient way to install knife hinges using double-sided tape, a laminate trimmer, and a chisel. Finally, see the highlights of making a smooth-fitting drawer using half-blind and through-dovetails. The series ends with finishing tips and information on how to install a ball catch.
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Produced by: David Heim; Video by: Gary Junken; Editing by: Tom Olivares
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August 7, 2012
Get an overview of frame-and-panel case construction.
Begin by selecting lumber and milling parts. Mortise the legs and start building the external frame.
Rousseau continues building the external frame. Learn his unique method for cutting tenons on the bandsaw.
Join the front of the case with three flat connectors called blades. They're attached to the case with double tenons and two dovetails.
Complete the web frame with parts that help the drawer slide smoothly.
Enclose the case with panels. Get tips for cutting rabbets on the tablesaw and see how to bevel the top safely on the bandsaw.
Save time finishing by doing surface prep before glue-up. Get lessons on hand-planing and see how to taper the legs.
See the piece come together and get tips for a successful glue-up.
Learn how to make a square, stable door that fits perfectly in the case.
Don't let these low-profile hinges intimidate you. Rousseau demonstrates a straightforward technique using double-sided tape, a trim router, and a chisel.
Learn the high points of drawer-making using half-blind and through-dovetails.
See the drawer come together and get tips on fitting it to the case.
Hang the door, install a door catch, apply a finish, install the top, and add the pulls.
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