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with Jim Heavey
Online Class

Drawers for Cabinetry & Fine Furniture

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Start by reviewing face frames and frameless cabinet construction, and learn which style of drawer is right for your project. Then, WOOD magazine contributing craftsman and educator Jim Heavey will demonstrate how to build a drawer box with drawer-lock or impressive dovetail joinery. Moving on, you’ll learn how to construct flat-panel and classic cope-and-stick raised-panel drawer fronts. Find out how to select the right wood for your front, discover proper router-table techniques, bit selection and more. Then, explore a variety of available hardware as Jim discusses full-extension and undermount soft-close slides, as well as epoxy-coated roller glides — plus, get troubleshooting tips for hardware installation! Finally, learn how to use a dovetail jig. Successfully set up and adjust your jig, test for fit and cut a perfect half-blind dovetail for professional-looking results you’ll love.


  • advanced
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h23m

Included in this Class

1. Carcass Construction

1. Carcass Construction

Meet your instructor, woodworker and WOOD magazine instructor Jim Heavey. Then, gather Jim's wood recommendations depending on what type of cabinet you're making. See how quickly a cabinet frame, or carcass, comes together as Jim offers proper technique for cutting the side panels, making dado and rabbet grooves, as well as attaching face frames. Then, learn how to square up your frame to ensure it is sturdy and secure. Jim shows you how his basic cabinet construction is suitable for nearly every room in your house.

2. Drawer Construction

2. Drawer Construction

Start constructing your first drawer as Jim shows you how to properly measure for your drawer box based on the cabinet's opening and your chosen drawer slides. Then, learn to create a simple lock joint for boxes that never fall apart. Jim shows you how to set up your table saw to make all of the tongue-and-groove cuts you need, and offers invaluable advice for getting perfectly snug fits on all of your joints. Finally, see how to create a removable drawer bottom that allows you to change it out, should it ever need to.

3. Dovetail Drawer

3. Dovetail Drawer

Want a drawer with a little more design appeal? Use a half-blind dovetail joint in your drawer box. Jim demonstrates how to make joints with a router and a dovetail jig, and offer tips for plank placement and marking. He also demonstrates where to place your dado cut so it doesn't show through on the front of your box.