Making a solid wood bedside table
Instructor - Craig Stevens
September 5 - October 3, 2019 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (5 weekday evenings)
The cherry bedside table is an ideal project for learning the basics of woodworking and furniture making while developing hand-tool, joinery and finishing skills. The project offers numerous challenges while creating a beautiful and very achievable piece of hand-made furniture. Through discussions and hands on work, participants will make a small table with splayed, tapered legs using traditional techniques and joinery methods.
Students will learn mortise & tenon joinery, the careful selection of wood for beautiful graphics, working with slightly angled joinery, milling and solid wood considerations, bandsawing the leg tapers and then refining the legs with a hand plane, edge-gluing boards to create the top, creating the long bevels on the underside of the top, attaching the top and applying an oil finish. To help keep the project focused on beginning woodworkers, the table does not have a drawer.
There will be ongoing discussions on using bench tools and sharpening as well as machine setup and use. Hands-on assistance focused on improving participant’s woodworking skills is a primary focus of the class. The fundamental techniques learned in this project can be applied to many future furniture pieces. This class is one of PFW’s Beginner courses, which are aimed at those just getting started in woodworking as well as woodworkers with a little experience that want to improve their skills while constructing a particular furniture project.
Cost includes all materials.
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