The great thing about this project is that it is a perfect vehicle to learn and practice handtool skills along with learning some basic safe and accurate machine techniques. In this weeklong class with well-known furniture maker Frank Strazza, students will build a cherry end table. Developing the flexibility to cut mortise and tenons using both hand methods and machine methods is an important skill that Frank will stress in this unique class. You will also learn how to alter the look of your project by incorporating different design options, from straight table aprons to curved aprons with a molded edge. We will also explore making a traditional tapered leg, a square Arts & Crafts leg and a more complex cabriole leg. Frank draws on years of daily experience working with traditional hand tools as he guides you through the process of working wood- mostly by hand. Basic to this process is a thorough knowledge of sharpening techniques, including chisels, handplanes, scrapers & spokeshaves.
The ability to saw straight and to the line is critical to successful joinery- especially when cutting dovetails. Frank will guide you through building a solid wood drawer using both through & half blind dovetails. Fitting the drawer to the opening is not as simple as it may seem, so Frank will teach you how to get the piston fit precision that is so rare with commercial furniture.
We will discuss basic finishing techniques and time permitting we will explore the possibilities of using veneer and simple inlay on the drawer face.
This is an excellent opportunity to hone your hand skills, make a great table and work with one of the top furniture makers and instructors in the country! Sign up today. Space is strictly limited to eight students.
Tuition $965.00 plus Materials ($140.00)
Section 071524A: Monday – Saturday, July 15 – 20, 9:00am – 5:00pm-