Are you interested in cabinetmaking but don’t know where to begin? Perhaps you’ve built some cabinets but want to learn how to build them more efficiently or sophisticate your designs. This five day workshop is for you.
We will begin with design and examine methods for producing cabinetry with CNC and traditional woodworking tools. Each day will be a mix of classroom instruction and hands-on work in the NCFS wood shop using ShopBot CNC milling and hand tools to advance the students knowledge of cabinetmaking.
We will cover the following topics-
ShopBot basics: How to integrate CNC to efficiently produce cabinet parts.
Design: think through your ideas from concept to completion. We will guide you through the process of conceptualizing the project and developing the details, and then move into building out material lists, cutlists, and installation schedules, sourcing materials, and more. Then we will combine hand sketches and concepts into CAD design drawings for 3D visualization. We will then use the 3D CAD drawings to create machinable CAD/CAM files using Vectric VCarve Pro for building cabinets.
Materials: This part of cabinetmaking can be dizzying and daunting. There are literally thousands of options so we will guide you through the options to understand how to make the right decisions. We will take a deep dive into material options for hardwoods, plywoods, engineered sheet goods, laminates, veneers, and edge tapes. Then we will explore the world of fasteners, hinges, hardware, and adhesives. We will wrap up the materials section of the class by examining options for doors and drawers, face frames, and paints, stains, and other finishes.
Cabinet Construction: Cabinets are not all created equal. There are different methods building cabinets and different applications for each build approach. We will teach you how to build cabinets efficiently and help you avoid mistakes. We will teach you how to make face frame and frameless cabinets, plus doors and drawers!
Finishing: This is a part of cabinetmaking where all of your design decisions come together. It is absolutely critical to do a great job of finishing so your cabinets look great after installation. We will work through material preparation and proper finish application. Then we will assemble all the parts in preparation for installation.
Installation: The job isn’t done until all the parts are put together and installed correctly. Like every step in the cabinetmaking process, installation can be very complex. We will guide you through the pitfalls and teach you many tricks for successful installation techniques.
Upon successful completion of this class you will have a working knowledge of how to set up your shop and produce extraordinary results for your home or paying clients.