Cabinet Construction + Doors and Drawers Class - November 28 - December 3, 2021
- Location: Asheville, North Carolina Training Facility
- Dates: Monday, Monday, November 28 - Friday, December 3, 2021 (Wednesday Off)
- Class Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Maximum Class Size: 6
- Cost: $700.00
About this class
This is a five-day class consisting of two parts, Cabinet Construction on the first two days, Wednesday will be a day off with no instruction, then the last two days focused on Door and Drawer Construction using the Festool System.
In part one of this class, we will cover the tools and techniques necessary to build and install shop-quality cabinetry onsite. Though participants will walk away with a range of broadly applicable skills, the class will concentrate primarily on the construction of a 32mm frameless upper cabinet and a traditional face-frame base cabinet. From raw material to finished boxes ready for finish, you will learn how to work faster, easier, and smarter with the Festool System. In part two of this class, the tools and techniques necessary to build and install shop-quality doors will be covered, with emphasis on Shaker flat panel, beaded/mitered door, and cope and stick with raised panel. Door styles to include inset, overlay and half-overlay.
Drawer box applications will focus on both inset and overlay styles, using blind and through-tenon construction.
Though participants will walk away with a range of broadly applicable skills, the class will be primarily focused on pro-oriented techniques and applications. From raw material to finished boxes ready for finish, you will learn how to work faster, easier, and smarter with the Festool System.
Since most of the two days will be spent in the shop, actually using the tools, we request that registrants have some previous knowledge of the Festool System, and/or the basics of trim carpentry or cabinet construction. Safety is an extremely high priority in this setting, and we have billed this as an intermediate to expert level class since this class will be almost all hands-on.
Safety glasses and earplugs will be required during all tool use. In addition, participants will be asked to sign a standard liability waiver at the outset of class. If this presents a problem, please let us know beforehand, since this will impact our ability to allow you to work with the tools.
Onsite Cabinet Construction
- Accurate and safe processing of a 4 x 8 sheet goods with the TS Plunge-cut saw
- Precision ripping with FS parallel guides
- Squaring and final dimensioning of cabinet parts on the Multifunction table
- Dimensioning parts with Kapex miter saw
- Building a face frame with the Domino joiner
- Joining frames and cases with the Domino joiner
- LR 32 Hole drilling set
- Hinge plate boring
- Shelf pin boring
- Trimming edge banding with MFK700 router
- Quick and efficient assembly with T-drills
Onsite Cabinet Door Construction
- Shaker Flat panel
- Beaded / Mitered
- Cope and Stick with Raised Panel
- 4mm blind tenon construction
- 5mm through tenon construction
Tools covered in class:
- MFK 700 Multifunction Router
- OF1010 Router
- OF 1400 Router
- CMS router table system
- Domino DF 500 Joiner
- TS 55 Plunge Cut Saw
- Kapex Slide Miter Saw
- MFT/3 Multifunction Table
- CT26 / 36 Dust Extractors
- Festool Cordless drills with Centrotec and FastFix Chuck System
- KA 65 edgebander
"2021 IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING GROUP CLASSES AT GPD 2021
The past year has been unprecedented, and posed quite a challenge to learn about Covid 19 and how to stay safe in a Covid 19 World, while trying to simultaneously conduct operations here at GPD. Today, we all know a lot more about the disease and how to stay safe, and at GPD we've had ZERO confirmed cases of Covid 19, so we're doing something right. As it turns out, we've actually been doing most things right since day 1!
Here's a few examples of things that have always been going on here:
Cleanliness - If you've been to our shop before, you've probably remarked how clean it is here - Yep, we run a clean shop, and our staff starts each day with cleaning activities before doing any "work".
Capacity - The CDC has been recommending that businesses operate at 20% of their maximum capacity. At GPD, even at a maximum class capacity, our classes are less than half of the CDC's recommendation - So we're operating at less than 10% of our shop's capacity.
Breathing: Woodworking can be dusty, and the mask thing is nothing new to woodworkers
We have had to modify a couple things here, in order to comply with health recommendations, and those changes vary from class to class, due to the specific nature of the class - Here's a few changes:
Transportation - Today, we can't jamb 7 folks into a minivan and stay in compliance, so we're unable to provide shuttle service to/from hotels currently. Our shop is 10 minutes from Asheville, and real easy to get to - And we have plenty of parking.
Dining: Since we're all unable to jump into the shop mini van to go out for lunch or dinner, we've had to curb that. However we still provide lunches, and if you've been here before you know we eat good!
Interactions with GPD Team Members: Before, you could tour the shop and get up close and personal with any of our team members to learn more about the work they're doing. Today you can do the same, we just ask that you keep a bit more space in between
While we don't know what the future will bring, we're moving forward with the knowledge and the "normal" that exists today, and we suspect you're doing the same. If you're excited to learn, and you're comfortable with the current environment, as well as the ways that GPD is operating in it, we encourage you to sign up and attend as many classes as you care to participate in! And if you're not comfortable in the above setting, we totally respect that, and we will be here when you are ready! https://gdpacademy.com/class schedule."