Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Cabinet Curiosities

10 day seminar with Garrett Hack.  Design and build a small cabinet with hand tools. Develop skills to create the details and flourishes that distinguish fine furniture making.


Cabinet Curiosities 

Garrett Hack



Case pieces -- nearly anything with some drawers or doors -- are one of the most common furniture forms makers design and build. 

Think about this project as a "study" piece -- a place to try out some new design ideas while learning the basics of good case construction. You will undoubtedly refer to your cabinet many times in the future to better understand shelves, drawers, doors, case backs, moldings, secret compartments, and a whole lot more.

This class is the pinnacle of our hand tool furniture making program this year.

Class Description

Projects may have drawers, doors, shelves, secret compartments, or all of the above. Garrett emphasizes hand skills, such as the use of hand tools to size, smooth, shape, and fit parts, but also integrates machines to make the building process efficient and accurate. 

Lecture and demonstrations address topics such as strong case joinery, choosing appropriate materials, working with solid wood and wood movement, building drawers and the structures necessary to support them, and fitting and hanging doors with butt and knife hinges. In addition, Garrett covers the design and construction of backs and bases, case corner details, attached moldings, and edge profiles for case tops.


The school has a complete set of the common hand  tools at each workbench for you to use, and high quality specialized hand tools in the bench room.

However Garrett strongly suggests that you bring your own hand tools. You’ll better understand how they work, how to tune them, and how to keep them sharp.

Garrett's list of Recommended Tools 


This is a class for woodworkers with significant hand tool and machine experience. You are expected to prepare your stock prior to the class.


Garrett is offering to review your design prior to the class. About three months prior to the course you should have a good sketch and rough dimensions of your cabinet. Please scan them or photograph them so that you can send them to Garrett. Garrett will then give you feedback suggestions on your design so that you can build a cutlist and prepare the stock for the class. Please do not plan on milling your stock at the School.

Important Note

Please book your accommodation early for this class. The second week of the class overlaps with the Wooden Boat Festival, the biggest event in Port Townsend each year. We anticipate being able to offer accommodation at Fort Worden for this class. We'll confirm availability of the accommodation at Fort Worden in Spring 2015.

Class Information and Registration

Class starts at 9:00am on the first day.
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $1500
Materials Charge: None
Register By: August 11, 2015

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.