Continuing Education

Introduction to Kitchen Cabinet Construction

Introduction to Kitchen Cabinet Construction

Saturday and Sunday September 21 and 22, 2019

10:30 am – 4:00 pm Two Day Intensive Workshop.

Is your kitchen, bath or laundry looking tired or out-of-date? Does it need to be renewed? Let your instructor Dr. Christopher Cooper inspire you that creating a beautiful kitchen is as easy as building one simple base and wall cabinet several times over. Christopher’s course saves time, anticipates mistakes and allows for corrections. All you need is access to a small workshop with a table saw a router and some common hand tools.

This course is an introduction to contemporary cabinet work, such as might be used in making modern kitchen cabinets.  On the course you will be instructed how to make a 24” base and wall cabinet in cabinet grade materials, with common joints used in the kitchen cabinet industry.  We will make two frames and a panel Shaker door fitted with overlay hinges. You will explore different drawer construction methods and we will make and fit a self closing drawer with overlay front. We will also investigate the modern hardware available, such as concealed hinges, drawer and door pulls etc. 

An overview of the best countertops and backsplashes.

At the conclusion of this course you will have all of the fundamental knowledge to build and fit a custom kitchen. An intermediate and advanced kitchen cabinet Professional Intensive will be released this fall/winter for those who wish to become Edifice Guild certified.


  • Choosing the right cabinet grade materials.
  • A short discussion on the design process.
  • Preparing and cutting to a cut list.
  • Use of a table saw and a router.
  • Use of various hand tools.
  • Use of a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.
  • Cabinet assembly.
  • Edge banding.
  • Fitting adjustable shelves.
  • Making cabinet face frames for overlay door and drawer fitting.
  • How to attach the face frames to the cabinet.
  • Making a Shaker style frame and panel door, ready for painting.
  • An overview of best finishes and tools.
  • Over lay door fitting using standard hinges.
  • Drawer making and fitting on self closing runners.
  • Fitting drawer fronts.
  • Fitting base cabinet toe-kick.
  • An overview of the best countertops and backsplashes.

An overview of the best countertops and backsplashes.


Saturday and Sunday September 21 and 22, 2019 10:30 am – 4:00 pm Two Day Intensive Workshop.


Located at the Edifice Atelier Oxford Campus, just 5 minutes west of Cambridge, Ontario

867395 Township Rd 10, Bright, ON N0J 1B0 (see Google Map below)

Your Instructor:

Dr Christopher Cooper, Master Restoration & preservation Expert… Christopher is a kitchen designer specializing in custom high-end kitchen cabinets. Dr. Cooper owned and operated the renowned Kitchenwright, a custom cabinet shop located in the United Kingdom.

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for people who are absolute beginners in carpentry – no previous experience is necessary. It aims to provide a safe, welcoming and fun environment for both women and men to build confidence in practical skills… and is specifically designed for the novice who would like the satisfaction of creating a beautiful custom kitchen with their own two hands!



Full payment is due upon booking your place, remember this course sells out very quickly. There are no reduced rates for couples.

The Edifice Atelier reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

As this workshop fills up quickly and is on a first come first serve basis our cancellation policy is to provide credit for another workshop time of same value if you cannot attend.

Pay now, payment is through a secure PayPal account

Pay with credit or Visa Debit card

How to get to the Oxford Campus:

A short discussion on the design process.

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