Next Steps in Furniture Making

Mike Korsak and Libby Schrum
October 5-16

This course is an excellent follow up for those who have taken Basic Woodworking. Each student designs and builds a hardwood side table with tapered legs and a single drawer in order to consolidate previous skills and develop new ones. During the design process, participants consider aesthetic details such as the proportion of a tapered leg and the overhang of a table top, as well as functionality, joinery, and wood selection.

Throughout the making process, Mike and Libby emphasize precision and efficiency. They review hand-cut joinery, sharpening, and tuning and use of hand tools such as planes and scrapers, before introducing standard machine joinery techniques applicable to tables and drawers. These include sliding dovetails, mortise and tenons, and inserted tenons made with the tablesaw, router, Domino, and other power tools. In addition, the instructors teach breadboard tabletop construction, hand and machine methods for tapering legs, and joining and fitting traditional, hand-dovetailed, inset drawers.

Mike Korsak is an award-winning furniture maker in Pittsburgh, PA, whose work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums, including the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA, and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, PA. In recent years he has written several articles for Fine Woodworking and his work has been featured in the Journal of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers. For more information, visit

Libby Schrum is a professional furniture maker in Camden, Maine. A 2001 graduate of our Furniture Intensive, she subsequently earned a Masters of Fine Arts in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design, in 2005. Libby has exhibited at top venues such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Fine Woodworking, and 500 Chairs (Lark Crafts, 2008). In 2010, Libby was awarded the prestigious John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship by Boston’s Society of Arts & Crafts. Her website is


Open to intermediate woodworkers, including anyone who has taken Basic Woodworking.


Tuition: $1,460


 Korn bedside table EditedShaker Mama by Mike Korsak, cherry and Bolivian rosewood (14”x42”x32”), 2011

 Schrum versus detailDetail of drawer by Libby Schrum.