Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

JE: Chisel Cabinet

Take the next step in hand joinery and learn case construction while you build a simple but elegant shop cabinet. 5 day hand tool woodworking class with Matthew Straughn-Morse, designed with Jim Tolpin. 


Build a Chisel Cabinet

Joinery Essentials 



This 5 day course with Matthew Straughn-Morse combines dovetail carcass construction, frame and panel door construction and an introduction to drawer making.

This class is intended for the hand tool woodworker who is ready to bring together dovetail and mortice and tenon joinery to create this handsome shop fixture. The course will be fast paced and it should not be the first time you've cut a dovetail or a mortice and tenon joint!

We provide you a kit of pre-dimensioned stock so the class instruction will focus solely on joinery and construction techniques.  This design is easily adaptable to be a medicine chest or curiosities cabinet.  

Class Description

The Chisel Cabinet is designed to teach you to use a wide array of hand tool joinery techniques. We'll demonstrate rabbeting techniques but the carcass panels will be pre-rabbeted. 

  • Layout and cut dovetails
  • Use dadoes to mount the shelf
  • Layout and cut mortise and tenon joints 
  • Raise a pair of panels for a frame and panel door
  • Mortise and install hinges
  • Install a knob and catch
  • Install back panels
  • Install a french cleat


If you have started to build your own set of hand tools we encourage you to bring them along to the class so that you can deepen your experience with them and work with the instructors to tune and fully understand them. Please see our What to Expect page if you plan to ship your tools to the school. Otherwise you are welcome to use the high quality hand tools at our fully equipped workbenches.


Students should have experience with hand tools and some familiarity with hand tool joinery. You should have had instruction and / or experience in laying out and cutting dovetails or mortice and tenon joinery.

We recommend the Hand Cut Dovetail and Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon weekend classes or Joinery 101.

Materials Charge

 The kit includes dimensioned parts, hinges, knob and door catch and all fasteners. 

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: $ 850
Materials Charge: $ 200

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.