Woodworking Essentials: Casework Construction – Beginning Principles

By David Thiel
Pages: 53-60

From the October 2005 issue #150
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To open our seven-part series on casework construction it’s probably smart to include the definition of casework. “Webster’s Dictionary” (Random House Value Publishing) gives it a one-word definition: cabinetwork. I think that’s both a little too complicated and simplistic at the same time. Casework is making boxes. Whether for cabinets, bookcases, nightstands or storage boxes for all your old Popular Woodworking magazines, casework is making boxes.

Casework can be as simple as two sides, a top, bottom, back and a door (such as a medicine cabinet). Or it can be a box on a stand with more boxes inside and another box on top of it with doors (such as the entertainment center shown at right).

In this series we’ll be discussing casework design, joinery, construction, accessorizing and more. But before we get too deep, let’s start with some common definitions so that we’re all talking the same language.

From the October 2005 issue #150
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