Krenov-style Coopered Wall Cabinet

Krenov-style Coopered Wall Cabinet


Krenov-style Coopered Wall Cabinet with Dovetailed Drawer

Instructor - Craig Vandall Stevens 

The autumn 2018 Coopered Wall Cabinet class has completed. We’re looking forward to running the 6-weekend class again in 2020

The Master Class courses are challenging classes that meet approximately one weekend each month. Each Master Class will focus on one specific furniture project through to it’s completion. During each monthly session, participants will receive detailed instruction for a particular aspect of the project. Students will then use the time between sessions to complete homework and make progress on their project at their own pace and in their own home shop. Master Class projects offer an opportunity to dive deeply into specific furniture styles and unique techniques that help students develop a broad range of advanced woodworking skills.

The Coopered Wall Cabinet workshop explores the essentials of solid wood, fine cabinetmaking. Students will learn the design and construction techniques required for building a fine, handmade cabinet with a curved, coopered door. Numerous topics and techniques include the careful consideration of wood for color and grain, coopering with round-bottom planes, accurate dowel joinery, hand-cut dovetails, fine drawer construction, frame and panel techniques, installing knife hinges, using a shellac finish and methods of work that lead to accuracy and project success. Special emphasis is placed on accurately making and installing the coopered door using knife hinges, as well as making and perfectly fitting a dovetailed drawer. Students will each make their own round-bottom wooden plane for planing the concave surface of their coopered door.

The orange-brown colored wall cabinet pictured is made of red narra (Papua New Guinea) and was designed and made by Craig Stevens - PFW’s executive director. It's dimensions are 28" x 9" x 4.5" deep. The Master Class project will be similar in scale but not locked into those specific dimensions. Through discussions and one-on-one instruction, each participant will build their own solid wood cabinet with special attention focused on pleasing design, harmonious use of wood grain and a high level of craftsmanship.

Cost includes all materials, including wood, brass knife hinges and a radius edge Hock plane blade assembly for the construction of a round-bottom plane. Students provide their own lunch.

If you would like to make payment arrangements for the course or have questions, please give the shop a call.

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PFW has a wide assortment of hand tools for students to use. However, if you have your own tools or would like an excuse to purchase some new ones, the tool list is below. PFW recommends purchasing turning tools from Tools for Working WoodLee Valley/VeritasHida Tool and Hock Tools