Fall Seminar

2018 Seminar - Garrett Hack

September 7-8-9, 2018


Garrett Hack, a Master Furniture Maker, educator, author and farmer from Thetford, VT., will construct a small hanging cabinet to illustrate the basics of casework and how his case design is adaptable to much more complex pieces. Cases are a fundamental furniture form, encompassing everything from chests of drawers to cabinets, armoires to sideboards. They require the basics of strong case construction along with a whole range of useful furniture making skills to build drawers, doors, shelves, moldings and practical and attractive details.

Garrett will cover such topics as choosing appropriate materials, how to build with solid wood and allow for wood movement, building strong cases with interesting corners and details, the advantages of a face frame, solid case backs, and how to support drawers—and maybe— include a secret compartment or two. Our cabinet will have a door, so Garrett will make one, and explain how to hang it with butt hinges. For practical reasons and the visual interest, we need some moldings, which he will make with molding planes. Throughout the process, Garrett will discuss efficient ways of working that balance the speed of machines with the accuracy and superior finish of hand tools.

A furniture maker of more than 42 years, Garrett has created his own aesthetic, with designs that push his skills to the next level. He’s an in-demand woodworking instructor, teaching classes around the world. Hack has a great love of hand tools of all shapes and sizes and uses them to great effect in everything he builds, sculpting delicate details by eye. Garrett is the former chairman of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters.


Hack is the author of The Handplane Book (Taunton Press, 1997) and Classic Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1999), and a contributing editor at Fine Woodworking magazine (29 years).

The weekend seminar includes:

3-day seminar – Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday

Friday evening is a free preview - come listen

and see if you want to come back for the

rest of the weekend presentation.


Saturday and Sunday morning

Breakfast rolls, donuts, coffee and juice provided
Catered hot meal lunch – Saturday and Sunday
Soft drinks, coffee and snacks provided all day




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$130 - SDFWA members
$165 - non-members (includes 2018 SDFWA membership)


Dates & Times

Friday, Saturday, Sunday   September 7-8-9, 2018

Friday 7pm – 9pm, Saturday 8am – 4pm, Sunday 8am – 3pm


San Diego School for Creative & Performing Arts

2425 Dusk Drive  <<< click for Google map

San Diego, CA 92139

Driving Directions

Go South on I-5 or I-805 towards National City, and take 54 heading East.

Take the Reo Drive exit off of 54.

Turn left (North), then take the first right onto Parkside Ave.

Proceed about 3/4 mile, then turn left onto Dusk Dr.

Proceed about 1/2 mile, then the School for Creative and Performing Arts will be on the right.


Ed Gladney, Seminar Chair