Owain Harris is a self-taught woodworker who operates a furniture studio in Gonic, NH, where he designs and builds custom furnishings for galleries and residential clients. He began his career in wood as a framing carpenter in 1997, and worked as both a finish carpenter and remodeler before moving into the shop full-time in 2008. Owain is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen and the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association. His work has received multiple awards, including a Pinnacle Award from the International Society of Furniture Designers and a Veneertech Craftsman Challenge Award. Owain has been featured in numerous publications, including Fine Woodworking and NH Home Magazine. Owain shares his passion for furniture making and design through teaching at various craft schools and institutions including The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Marc Adams School of Woodworking and the University of New Hampshire. He currently serves as Chair Person for the American Furniture Masters Institute, the nonprofit organization that oversees the NH Furniture Masters and the Prison Outreach Program that teaches the craft of fine furniture making to inmates of the Maine men’s prison and both the NH men’s and women’s prison. His work may be seen at owainharris.com
Introduction to Case Making
A beginner’s casework class
A foundation woodworking class that will teach you how to design and build case pieces. This course is perfect for beginners with some power tool experience or intermediates who want to hone their skills. We have everything you need at the workshop–along with really knowledgeable, patient instructors who will ensure you learn safely.
Casework and cabinetry have many similarities and differences; case pieces include buffets, desks, chests of drawers, and cabinets refer to kitchen and bathroom built-ins, but this class focuses on casework.
In this class, you will create prototype case pieces to practice what you learned during the week. When you get home, you’ll be able to take it apart to use it as a reference for future projects.
We will cover the following:
Understanding the different types of case piece construction
Designing and planning your case piece
Selection and processing material – plywood and solid wood
Case construction and joinery choices
Making & fitting doors
Selecting and installing hinges
Selecting knobs and pulls from an esthetic and functional perspective
If you have prior experience, this class will help you refresh and refine your case-making skills, but this is primarily for beginners who have taken the Beginning Woodwork and Box Making classes and for those who have used a table saw, bandsaw and router before.