Drawer Making

Garrett Hack
August 5-9

Making and fitting beautiful, dovetailed drawers is a hallmark of refined craftsmanship. In addition to being useful, they add visual interest and detail to a piece. As complex as drawers may seem in their many variations, Garrett has distilled that diversity to a single elegant design that works for nearly every situation. During the week, each student can expect to build a simple case with one or two finely fit drawers that can serve as models for every future drawer he or she makes.

A primary emphasis of Garrett’s instruction is efficient use of hand tools for operations such as smoothing machined parts, fitting solid wood bottoms, and cutting half-blind dovetails. In addition, he discusses important considerations such as the scale of parts, wood selection, seasonal movement, joinery, ways to support drawers in a case, and decorative touches such as pulls and cockbeads. 

To make the best use of class time, students are expected to prepare materials for their cases in advance, following instructions provided by Garrett.  

Garrett Hack builds contemporary interpretations of classic forms on his farm in Thetford Center, VT. A furniture maker for 44 years, Garrett originally trained at Boston University's Program in Artisanry. He is the author of The Handplane Book (Taunton Press, 1997) and Classic Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1999). He is a contributing editor at Fine Woodworking, former chairman of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters, and teaches throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Austria, Australia, Spain, Israel, and Japan. His website is garretthack.com.

Open to intermediate woodworkers.

Tuition: $810

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 Hack table detailLil' Shaker Table by Garrett Hack, quilted yellow birch, bleached Cuban mahogany, satinwood, blackwood pulls, glass buttons, copper (16"x34"x30"), 2005

 Hack drawer fittingFitting a small drawer into a case, by Garrett Hack, claro walnut with ebony and holly details.