Thomas’ two drawers unit

Like Amanda, Thomas is a veteran student. Last year he built an outdoor table. This year it was a two-drawer unit. He built all of the parts by himself. To cut the wood he used a Japanese rip saw, a back saw and a coping saw. He planed the boards with a Record # 4 plane. He chopped the rabbet and the dadoes with a chisel. Then he cleaned up the joints with a router and a rabbet plane. The only parts he did not make were the drawer pulls. Rabbets and dado making became a de-facto prerequisite for all my students. So many of them want to build a box, a bookshelf, a drawer or another object that includes a right angle joint. By teaching them how to make a rabbet joint I, by default, teache them the proper use of a saw, a chisel and a plane (rabbet plane for rabbet joints, router plane to dress up dadoes). Once they learn the basics of drawing, marking, sawing and chiseling, the sky is the limit…


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Yoav Liberman

About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.