Mid-Century Casework and Tambour Doors

Reuben Foat & Brian Reid
July 17-28

Participants expand their casework skills by creating mid-century-style cabinets with optional tambour doors and parquetry. Reuben and Brian share a wealth of expertise with both veneered and solid-wood construction, utilizing a full range of skills from refined handwork to machine-cut joinery to CNC milling. To get as much as possible out of the two weeks, students design their projects on a modest scale and are encouraged to assemble the cases with efficient machine-cut joinery such as reinforced miters or finger joints. Those who already design in CAD may use the CNC where applicable.

In addition to best practices for small cabinet construction in solid wood and veneer, tambour door making, and parquetry, the instructors demonstrate a variety of useful joints including miters with right-angle tenons, keyed miters, tapered sliding dovetails, integral and loose stub tenons, finger joints, and through dovetails. Other topics include grooving with routers and tablesaws, french cleats, and appropriate hand-applied finishes.

Reuben Foat teaches woodworking at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA. Since earning his M.F.A. in furniture design at San Diego State University in 2012, he has combined a studio practice with teaching and lecturing at numerous schools, including San Diego State. His work has been exhibited on both coasts, most recently in "California Wood Artists: Maloof and Beyond" at the Maloof Gallery in Alta Loma, CA. Among other awards, Reuben has twice taken 1st Place for “Furniture Designed by Computer, Laser and/or CNC” at the "Design in Wood" exhibition sponsored by the San Diego Woodworkers Association. His web site is reubenfoat.com.

Brian Reid is a 1995 honors graduate of England’s Parnham College, where he trained under John Makepeace. For many years he has divided his time between building furniture on commission and teaching at the Center. Brian’s work has been published in American Craft, Fine Woodworking, and Woodwork magazines and exhibited in galleries nationwide. He was designated a “Searchlight Artist” by the American Craft Council in 2007, received a prestigious Artist Award from the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts in 2012, and is Windgate Artist in Residence at SUNY Purchase for 2017. To see more of Brian’s work, go to brianreidfurniture.com.


Open to intermediate woodworkers.

Tuition: $1,380

Foat snake cabinet partially openSnake Cabinet with tambour doors by Reuben Foat, ash, wenge, and Baltic birch (40”x22”x20”), 2012

Foat snake cabinet closedSnake Cabinet with tambour doors closed.


 Reid 2700Squares2700 Squares by Brian Reid, cherry, maple, and Alaska yellow cedar (71"x22"x34"), 2009