How cool would it be to make a great coffee table for yourself? This table looks great and is built to last using mortise and tenon and sliding dovetail joints. It's a cool project with some great joinery. You'll be proud to say you made it yourself.
Class begins with lay-out and drawings. Learn how to plan for a project as we sketch our bench with joinery and design details. What kind of top will you put on it? Glued up solid wood or a slab top or a split one with dovetail keys? Will the edges be routed, sanded and shaped or left raw? Will you have inlay into the top or edges? Will you raise the top so it looks like it's floating or set it inside the legs? So many design possibilities to play with. You can make these choices while you build.
We'll start first by laying out our mortise and tenon joints in the legs. There are several methods for cutting these mortises. Choose the one you prefer to get the joint done: hand chopped or drilling out the waste first on the drill press. Learn router methods as well.
Once our mortises are cut, then we will learn the best ways for cutting tenons: by hand and saw, on the router table, or band saw. Get your fine tuning done with a hand plane and discover how to get a great fit. Before gluing we will do our shaping of the legs. Learn band saw, spoke shave, and filing methods to shape your ideas.
This class will push your woodworking to new levels as you discover the array of tools possible to use in this construction. You'll discover new methods, refine old ones, and walk away with a great project.
Peter Stevens has worked mostly as a mechanical engineer and math and engineering teacher but has always held a passion for woodworking and furniture. He joined the Mastery Program in 2005 which was a wonderful opportunity to learn and to push himself both technically and as a designer. After graduating from the Mastery Program, though tempted to pursue a path as a furniture and cabinet maker, he remained a professional engineer and amateur woodworker. But of late he is working to flip that around and is devoting more of his energies to making furniture and honing his woodworking skills. For his own woodworking he is trying to be a bit more spontaneous and to work more with hand tools, not so much for the challenge though a challenge it certainly is, but for the resulting feel and look of the finished piece, and the process - it's just more fun. "I am really excited to be back in The Studio and teaching again."