Authentic Casework

Tom Hucker & Tim Rousseau
July 19-30

  • Students deepen their understanding and refine their skills for building casework of the highest quality. From underlying principles such as accommodating wood movement, to meticulous craftsmanship for piston-fit drawers, Tom and Tim focus on tried-and-true techniques that are too often bypassed in the hustle of the present. Topics they cover through lecture and demonstration include, among others,

    • Appropriate joinery for flush-corner and overhung carcasses, and for interior dividers such as web frames and muntins;
    • Accurate and efficient cutting of dovetails (through, half-blind, mitered, sliding, and drop-in) and all forms of mortise and tenon, with both hand and power tools;
    • Designing, making, mounting, and fitting inset drawers, and frame-and-panel doors with solid-wood and veneered panels;
    • Resawing and working with shop-made veneer; and
    • Installing knife and butt hinges, door stops, and drawer stops.

Each student designs and builds a small, solid-wood, free-standing casepiece with close attention to attractive proportion and detail. Doors and drawers are optional. Designs are kept within reasonable parameters for size and complexity to maximize students’ time for hands-on exploration of new skills and techniques.    

Thomas Hucker is a studio furniture maker in Jersey City, NJ. He trained with fifth-generation German cabinetmaker Leonard Hilgner before studying under Jere Osgood at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry in the late 1970s. In 1990 he studied product design at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. Tom’s work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In 2016 he received the Furniture Society’s Award of Distinction. Tom’s website is

Tim Rousseau divides his time between building furniture on commission in Camden, ME, and teaching at the Center, where he is Lead Instructor for the Nine-month Comprehensive. Tim also produces how-to and project videos for, and, including the series “Making a Small Cabinet” and “Build an Asian-Inspired Hall Table.” After completing our Furniture Intensive in 1998, Tim worked in a multifaceted group shop in Hoboken, NJ, before returning to Maine in 2003 to set up his own business. For the next 15 years, he served as a Lead Instructor for our Furniture Intensive, taught summer Workshops, and co-taught the chair project of the Comprehensive. His website is


Open to solid intermediate and more advanced woodworkers.




Tuition: $1,490

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Hucker Holly 3 4 viewResidential office cabinet by Tom Hucker, holly and narra with brass fittings (44"x22"x24"), 2015

Sukrachand Walnut CredenzaFour-drawer Dresser by Tim Rousseau, quartersawn ash, quartersawn walnut, and East Indian rosewood (31½”x18”x31½”), 2006