Tambour Door Cabinets – W0404-19

Date: Jun 24 - 28, 2019

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Reuben Foat

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


This workshop is a study of basic wall-hung cabinet construction with the introduction of tambour doors. Students review the basics of traditional cabinetmaking but add a new element to the process: digital technology. The laser cutter creates and adds visually stunning patterns to tambour doors to make functional sliding doors. Participants learn to select parts from solid wood to create harmonious cabinets based on their natural designs. Finally, the workshop allows students to master a variety of important skills that can be used in many future furniture making projects.

Media & Techniques:

Students learn about the particulars of building wall-hung solid wood cabinets, including appropriate joinery, processes in assembly and simple finishing. Specific steps in milling and utilizing handheld routers along with digital technology are covered.


There are daily demonstrations and discussions on appropriate steps in building the cabinet. A majority of the time is spent with students working to construct and finish their own piece.


Reuben Foat teaches woodworking at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA. Since earning his MFA in furniture design at San Diego State University, he has continued to pursue a studio practice while teaching and lecturing at numerous schools, including the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and San Diego State University.



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