Classic Bookcase Class

Class Description

This is a 3-day class focused on tool selection, application, material processing, and construction of a classic bookcase, utilizing the Festool System.

In this Festool System Workshop, we will cover the tools and techniques necessary to construct a classic wooden Bookcase. Though participants will walk away with a range of broadly applicable skills, the class will concentrate primarily on the precise and efficient breakdown, processing, and joining of both solid and composite materials using Festool saws, routers, sanders, joiners, dust extractors, tables, Edge banders, and more.   This class will focus on utilizing the Festool System exclusively, to create a complex casework piece in either a job site or shop environment.

This should be considered an intermediate level class, and since most of the three days will be spent in the shop using the tools, we require that registrants have attended a previous Festool System workshop. Safety glasses and earplugs will be required during all tool use.

Participants will be asked to sign a standard liability waiver during the registration process or 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.


Participants will leave this class with a better understanding of standard casework construction applications, while learning Festool System based techniques that will enable them to achieve better results in less time, and with less waste, in virtually any environment.

Participants will learn and work as teams, as they build their skills while creating a Classic Bookcase with the Festool system. Completed bookcases will be donated to benefit nonprofit organizations.


Participants must have successfully completed the Festool Essentials workshop, prior to registering for this Bookcase workshop.


The following topics will be covered:

  • Project component layout and orientation
  • Consistent dimensioning of identical components using the Kapex Miter Saw
  • Aligning and joining materials using the Domino 500
  • Processing of sheet goods utilizing the TS55req and Parallel guide system
  • Rabbet joinery utilizing the OF1400 router
  • LR32 system utilization for adjustable shelf standards
  • Creation of Mitered doors exclusively with the Festool system
  • Proper use of CMS Router Table for precisely beading and rabbeting mitered door components
  • Utilizing the CMS Offset fence system to create full profile edges
  • Edgebanding exposed plywood edges, utilizing the KA65 Edge Bander
  • Two options for Flush trimming of banding using MFK700
  • Proper glue up and clamping strategy and process, required of complex case pieces
  • Clean and efficient sanding of large surfaces and individual components, including abrasive selection and grit progression
  • Safe and precise large-bit edge forming using the CMS router table

Tools used during this class:

  • TS 55 Track Saws
  • Parallel Edge Guides
  • Domino 500 Joiner
  • MFT/3 Multifunction Table
  • OF 1400 Router
  • OF 1010 Router
  • MFK 700 Router
  • CMS Router Table
  • Various Festool Sanders
  • Kapex Miter Saw
  • KA 65 Conturo Edgebander
  • LR 32 System
  • Festool System Drills & Drivers
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