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Cabinetry Basics: Building the Wall Cabinet

Considering when and where to start on that big cabinet project you want to build and install? Start here. Before you jump into a big project, learn the basic techniques, tools and equipment used by both traditional and contemporary cabinet makers. As a class project, each student builds a pine wall cabinet (24" x 32" x 5”) with a door, using hand tools, while exploring some basic machinery techniques as well. Students learn the proper techniques to cut clean mortise and tenons with chisels and drills, work with a shoulder plane to rabbet the door panel and explore the safe use of a table saw, planer, jointer, band saws, and hand saws. If time permits, finishes ranging from traditional milk paints to more contemporary varnishes suitable to cabinetry will be covered.


New! Fri, Jan 27, 2017 - Sun, Jan 29, 2017 Nearly Full
(Early bird tuition deadline: 12/16/16)

Course Details

Length in days:
2 1/2

Day 1: 5-9pm; Day 2/3: 9am-5pm

$185.00 per student (Regular rate)
$160.00 per student (Early-bird rate)


Beginner to Advanced

Age with adult:

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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. measuring tape
  2. square
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Randy Schnobrich Randy Schnobrich

Randy’s life in the North is a classic – he has mushed dogs, planted thousands of trees on his homestead and built eight outbuildings on his property (but still no garage). He moved to the North Shore from Wisconsin in 1994 with plans to raise a family and create a new lifestyle. After buying some land "back in the woods a bit," he and his wife built a woodshop and log home, a perfect spot to raise three kids and live a little closer to the earth. With more than 20 years of woodworking under his belt, Randy has built everything from cabins to dogsleds, commissioned furniture to custom doors. Nearly all of his interests lie in the outdoors, and he says it’s hard to remember life before Cook County.

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Cabinetry Basics: Building the Wall Cabinet

Cabinetry Basics: Building the Wall Cabinet

Cabinetry Basics: Building the Wall Cabinet