Dovetailing and drawer fitting

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Five days.

This challenging course is for those who really want to understand how perfect drawers are made and fitted; the sort of drawers that close with a sigh and fit so perfectly that one drawer comes out when you push the other in!

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CourseAdvanced - Drawer Fitting and Dovetailing
Duration5 days 9am-5pm
Max No Of Students4
Cost£582* plus £45 for materials.
*includes 5% voluntary contribution to support young carpentry students in Uganda which can lift them out of poverty.

Please indicate in the additional information on the booking form if you do NOT wish to contribute. Learn more here

If a date below shows fully booked you can
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(very occasionally a place becomes free)

Course Description

This course is an opportunity for you to get to grips with cutting accurate dovetails and creating perfectly fitting drawers – so perfectly fitting that one drawer comes out when you push the other in!

The course is based around making a unit of two drawers. The standard piece is in walnut with oak drawer sides and cedar of Lebanon bottoms, other timber combinations are optional.

This will not be a kit assembly exercise. You will prepare the parts to dimension and cut all the joints.  The emphasis will be on care, method and accuracy.

If you are less experienced and want to learn the basics of dovetailing then my Dovetailing Weekend Course will be perfect for you.

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About the course.

Should I have previous experience?

Yes. As an advanced course some previous experience is expected. You should be able to lay out and cut a basic set of dovetails. The aim of the course is to refine your dovetailing, increasing precision which leads to crisper more elegant tails and smoother fitting drawers.

What’s it like on an advanced dovetailing & drawer fitting course?

We will be making a set of two drawers that fit into a carcase that is dominoed together. You can choose which timber you would like to make then in.

We start the course with working on the carcase into which the pair of drawers will fit. Accuracy is as important here as in the dovetailing, if the box is not right the drawers will not run smoothly. We will aim to make the box a fraction of a millimetre narrower at the front than the back. Hopefully the carcase making will take about a day and a half.

With the carcase complete we start on the drawers, preparing the parts to size so they are square and a snug sliding fit into the carcase. We will do a practice set of one through and one lap dovetail just to limber up before working of the drawer dovetails proper.

For the real thing through dovetails are cut at the back and on one drawer lap dovetails at the front. The other drawer front is treated differently, it has a through dovetail then a facing piece is applied to form the lap. This is done to demonstrate how you can use attractive grained timber economically to give matching fronts across a set of drawers.

With the drawers glued up they are finally fitted, hopefully with just a few shaving from a sharp finely set plane. The cedar of Lebanon drawer bottoms can now be fitted. As the drawer sides are quite thin we use drawer slips.

That completes the making all that’s left it to fit knobs. I can provide some in turned box wood or you can fit your own.

The emphasis is one accuracy and precision throughout the course, working to very close tolerancies. The background music will probably be Bach to provide a calming atmosphere whilst cutting the dovetails !

What will I learn on the course?

• Simple carcase construction for fine-fitting drawers using domino jointer and router.
• Preparation of drawer parts to achieve a fine fit.
• Laying out through dovetails for drawer backs.
• Hand-cutting through dovetails.
• Laying out a set of lap dovetails.
• Hand-cutting lap dovetails.

• Construction of false lap dovetails using 3mm saw cut veneer.
• Making drawer slips.
• Fitting solid wood drawer bottoms using drawer slips.
• Fitting vertical grain drawer stops.
• Precise drawer fitting to achieve a fine fit.
• The importance of accuracy and precision.

Do I need to bring any tools?

No. All the tools you need will be provided, However if there are tools that you like to use please bring them along. You can also bring any tools you might want advice on.

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CourseAdvanced - Drawer Fitting and Dovetailing
Duration5 days 9am-5pm
Max No Of Students4
Cost£582* plus £45 for materials.
*includes 5% voluntary contribution to support young carpentry students in Uganda which can lift them out of poverty.

Please indicate in the additional information on the booking form if you do NOT wish to contribute. Learn more here

If a date below shows fully booked you can
click here to join the waiting list
(very occasionally a place becomes free)

Dates
2017
2-6th October
2018
3-7th September

Don’t forget, If you are less experienced and want to learn the basics of dovetailing then my Dovetailing Weekend Course will be perfect for you.

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