Next Steps in Furniture Making

Tim Rousseau
August 12-23

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 the tapered leg and the overhang of their table top, as well as functionality, joinery, and wood selection.

Throughout the making process, the instructor emphasizes precision and efficiency. Tim reviews 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 instructor teaches breadboard tabletop construction, hand and machine methods for tapering legs, and joining and fitting traditional, hand-dovetailed, inset drawers.

Tim Rousseau divides his time between building furniture on commission in Camden, ME, and teaching at the Center. He is also a frequent presenter of how-to and project videos for, and, including the series “Making a Small Cabinet” and “Build an Asian-Inspired Hall Table.” After completing our Furniture Intensive in 1998, Tim worked in a multifaceted group shop in Hoboken, NJ, before returning to Maine to set up his own business in 2003. For the next 15 years, he served as a Lead Instructor for our Furniture Intensive, taught workshops every summer, and co-taught the chair project of the Comprehensive. Starting in September 2019, Tim takes the reins as Lead Instructor of our Furniture Comprehensive. His website is


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


Tuition: $1,440


 Korn bedside table Edited


 Rousseau dining tableFarmhouse Dining Table by Tim Rousseau, flame yellow birch and hard maple (72”x36”x29.5"), 2014