Make a Cabinet Using Sliding Dovetail Joinery

June 7 - June 11, 2024

Make a Cabinet Using Sliding Dovetail Joinery


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $95

Sliding dovetail joinery is a great way to construct a small table-top or wall-hung cabinet, or even a bookshelf that is strong and beautiful. Designed for the intermediate-level participant, this workshop will begin with a review of the steps for milling hardwood lumber in preparation for building a piece of furniture. After spending time creating a personalized design, you will construct a small cabinet with sliding dovetail joinery created using both a hand-held router and the router table. You will learn how to make and attach a back panel and a French cleat to hang your cabinet, or feet if it is designed to be free-standing. We will finish up by discussing different finishing options, including the use of milk paint.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Intermediate
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Karen Ernst

Karen Ernst is a Professor in the Art Department at PennWest University Edinboro, where she has been teaching Woodworking/Furniture Design since 2004. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, a BA in Studio Art from SUNY Geneseo and has over twenty-five years of woodworking and design experience. Her work has been exhibited across the US and is included in many private collections. In 2023 she was accepted as a Roycroft Artisan in East Aurora, NY. She is currently the President of the Board of Trustees of The Furniture Society.

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