Cabinet & Furniture Making

Our two-year Cabinet & Furniture Making program teaches fine craftsmanship through projects incorporating 18th- and 19th-century furniture examples. With these traditional models as a foundation, you’ll be able to design and build furnishings of any era you choose.

As a custom furniture maker at NBSS, you’ll learn how to use and maintain both hand tools and power equipment. You’ll estimate costs, choose materials, and prepare working drawings for each project. You’ll cut various joints, turn, carve, and bend wood, apply marquetry or veneers. You’ll develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to create thoughtful furniture pieces to exacting standards.

The expansive program space includes a large bench room, demonstration area, library, and finishing room. Students take regular field trips to view private and museum collections, and to visit the shops of prominent local woodworkers.

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Questions? Contact Rob O'Dwyer, Director of Admissions, at 617-227-0155 x111 or
Paula Garbarino

"The training in both the carpentry and furniture-making programs provided the opportunity to work and excel in areas I wouldn't previously have dreamed possible."

Paula Garbarino CA '80, CF '88

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Cabinet & Furniture Making News

Trading Places

What happens when 24 students in two different programs swap benches for a week? 6 matching cabinets, 18 unique tables, and a whole lot of perspective. Read more about this enlightening experiment from our Cabinet & Furniture Making and Carpentry programs.

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A Mailbox for the Mayor

The NBSS community is an extremely talented one, and the public approach our alumni, students, and faculty for custom commissions. Every once in awhile, something truly unique will come along, and last year our Cabinet & Furniture Making program was approached with just such a project.

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