Curriculum

Individuals who graduate from this program are prepared to work in custom furniture or cabinetmaking shops designing, drawing, estimating materials, constructing and finishing furniture using hand tools and power equipment to perform joinery and ornamentation appropriate for the pieces.

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, lathe room, and finishing room. Students take regular field trips to view private and museum collections, and to visit the shops of prominent local woodworkers.

In addition to the Full-Time program, we offer a number of woodworking courses through our Continuing Education Department. View all CE courses here.



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Questions? Contact Rob O'Dwyer, Director of Admissions, at 617-227-0155 x111 or admissions@nbss.edu.
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Dmitri Norris

After researching potential woodworking education opportunities, I found North Bennet to be the only institution that would give me comprehensive training I needed.

Dmitri Norris CF '17