Fine Cabinetry

Jonathan Brower
August 27 – 31

Participants learn to build handsome furniture and casework that takes advantage of the time-efficient and sturdy materials, hardware, tools, and techniques found in the cabinetry trades. Through lecture and demonstration, Jonathan covers appropriate design considerations and techniques. Topics include cut lists for plywood and solid lumber, construction of plywood cases, edge banding, and building and installing doors and drawers with many styles of hardware. A major focus of the course is learning when and how to employ efficient tools for joinery, such as Dominos, biscuits, pockets screws, pneumatic nailers, rabbets, and dados.

Each student builds a personal variation on a recommended design that combines hardwood components with a plywood case to achieve the look and functionality of furniture.

Jonathan Brower is a self-employed custom furniture maker in Newport, RI, where he builds on commission for private clients, architects, and designers. Following graduation with a B.F.A. in painting from Syracuse University and three years teaching in their art school, Jonathan worked in fine cabinet and furniture shops in New York and North Carolina. Subsequently, in 2012, he completed our Furniture Intensive and launched his own business. His online course for, “Cabinet Case Construction,” debuted in 2015.

Open to all.


Tuition: $785


Brower 2017 Curly Maple Sideboard quarter view fullLavallee Cabinet by Jonathan Brower, curly Maple and Baltic birch plywood (25"x13"x30”), 2012