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Drawers for Cabinetry & Fine Furniture

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Learn the secrets behind beautifully built and installed drawers that deserve the admiration they're sure to draw!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Jim Heavey
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Dovetail Drawer
4. Flat Panel Drawer Fronts
5. Raised Panel Drawer Fronts
6. Slide Hardware
7. Using a Dovetail Jig

Taught by

Jim Heavey
Jim Heavey
Jim Heavey has been a woodworker for more than 40 years. Today, he serves as contributing craftsman and educator for WOOD magazine. Throughout his career, Jim has worked as a consultant and tool evaluator for Bosch Tools, consulted for various advertising campaigns and television commercials, and presented national educational programs through Sears, Ridgid tools and The Woodworking Shows.

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