solid wood cabinet faces



This week-long class will investigate the techniques for building solid wood face frames in a setting that can be made in a simple home shop. We will explore design and layout and observe existing locations at the school and around the Fort Worden campus. The exercise will be to build simple solid wood face frames which would be theoretically installed over cabinet carcases. The face frames will have one drawer and two panel doors. We will demonstrate countertop lamination and discuss application of this technique in home and commercial settings. 



Class Description

Discussion will cover basic design and construction, as well as alternative styles of both traditional and contemporary cabinets. We’ll also explore varieties of standard and specialty cabinet hardware. Students will learn how to plan, given pre-existing constraints like plumbing, electrical, windows and appliances. Students will learn about and how to use power tools such as the table saw, miter saw, band saw, track saw routers, sanders and drills. Safe practice and appropriate shop behavior will be stressed. 

Finally, we’ll take our accumulated knowledge and, as a group, discuss and brainstorm individual student cabinet projects – real or imagined. Bring your ideas, plans, questions and dreams, and we’ll see what we can come up with.


  • You do not need to bring any tools to class.
  • You should bring protective gear: ear defenders, dust mask and eye protection


For the beginning cabinetmaker - no experience.
Just bring along common sense and enthusiasm.

Class Information and Registration

Class starts at 9:00am on the first day.
This class takes place in Building 304 at Fort Worden. Map
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $750
Materials Charge: $50

*Note - This class was previously named "Intermediate Cabinetmaking" but was changed because it is appropriate for all levels, including beginners. 

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.