MASW Student Gallery

Celebrating Your Achievements

It's one thing, to consider learning the craft of woodworking so that you can make furniture "someday"; it's another thing entirely, to commit to a series of woodworking classes and make that goal a reality today.

We, at Marc Adams School of Woodworking, would like to celebrate the achievements our students who have not only made that commitment, but have grown in the process, and are now capable of creating these beautiful wooden masterpieces.

Won't you all join us monthly, in this rotating gallery, as we celebrate the achievements of our alumni. Better yet, why not send us a few pictures of your latest achievement. After all, that's the reason we are here.

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Bench in Hickory

Dimensions: 50" long x 18" deep with a 4.5" shelf for hat/mitten storage under the seat

Amy Gless

Lowell, MI

Front View of Hickory Bench

Hickory Side Panels in Bench's Seat Back

I though I would share a bench I made this last January that was a fun departure for what I usually do.

Several years ago we felled a large Hickory Tree and had one particular section of trunk slabbed for a bar top. After picking out the top and completing that project we were left with some slabs in the barn that didn't make the cut for bar tops.  I decided to break one of the slabs down and make a bench. The challenge (to myself) was to get that entire bench out of the slab 9' x 22" x 3.5"

After locating my legs and the live edge seat front in the slab, I carefully picked  apart the remainder of the slab for bench parts. Leftover thin waste for resawing proved too pretty not to use, so the original back rest design was scrapped, and the scraps were incorporated in the design.

The design is my own, and I used several skills I have learned at MASW to complete the project.

I did have to cheat and pull a couple 4/4 boards from the same tree to glue up the seat.

Close Up of Hickory Panel in Seat Back with Dovetail Keys

Lazy Susan with Marquetry

Dimensions: 24" diameter x 1 1/4" height

Bruce Rosen

Westfield, IN

Top Down View of Rose Marquetry

I took the Marquetry class spring 2013, did a few practice pieces then tackled this lazy susan my wife wanted for our 72" round dining table. The top is a lamination of 1/2" MDF and 3/4" birch plywood. It took me about 2-3 months (evenings and whenever I had a few minutes to cut a piece or 2) to complete. I wanted something with Roses as my name is Rosen and my uncle used to give a way a "rose for Rosen" when he campaigned for Judge.

I looked a pictures of pieces on the internet and copied the rose from a line drawing I found. I had seen a round table with 10 roses around the edge and thought 'I can do that'. I made each of the 4 roses individually so no 2 are exactly the same varying the wood slightly from rose to rose. Although i think I would have liked to make it with 6 roses. It is hard to see in the picture but each rose has a stem and the stems cross near the center circle.

This was my first attempt at a radial match (hence the circle in the center when it was not perfect but I have gotten better on other pieces) but all in all I am pleased with the results. A big challenge was the edge. I wanted vertical grain (I did not want to buy heat & stick edge banding as it would have been horizontal) so... I taped 10 strips of cross cut veneer together with veneer tape, made my own heat and stick backing with glue and clamped it with ratchet tie down straps. So far so good!

I cannot tell you what the woods are -- I went crazy when Marc was selling veneer at the end of class (the prices were too good to pass) and bought about a dozen varieties on color and texture; not knowing all the species.

I would never have attempted this without taking Marc's (and Doug's) class and now it is the centerpiece of our dining table and everyone notices it when they come in.

View of Lazy Susan on the Dining Room Table

Hall Table with Decorative Epoxy Panel

Dimensions: 16" wide x 50" long x 34" height

John Huemphner

Fon du Lac, WI

Front View of Hall Table Featuring an Epoxy PanelView of the Decorative Epoxy Panel

Corner Spline & Pegs Detail

This is a hall table made for my sister and husband as a gift after they put an addition on there home in Marshfield Wisconsin. It was finished January of 2014.

The design is original but the ideas were developed during the time I spent in apprentice class with Michael Fortune and finished up with the epoxy class with Mark Hedin.  Ironically, Michael spent much time promoting the importance of having a plan going into any project but the truth is that it started leg designing "after" I steam bent four legs of black walnut during the class with Michael. The legs were the focus when I started the design but, it became clear I needed to match the top.

I changed the entire concept of the leg design after Michael presented the technique of lamination bending with bandsaw cuts and I thought it a good idea to incorporate color in the feet.  I steam bent top of the leg in one direction and lamination bent the feet with a small flare in the opposite direction with green dyed maple strips.  I hope to send a better detailed  photo of the feet later to help provide a better understanding. The rest of the design for the top came to me as I spent time in Mark Hedin's epoxy class. The design for a interchangeable center is a concept promoted by Mark Hedin.

There was one technical challenge that I would rectify on the next table.  After bending the legs to rough shape, I shaped them with spoke shave and files as taught by Marc in rocking chair class.  It was a breeze and they came out perfect..... but oops I forgot something.  After I got carried away with spoke shave and carving and did not leave a square top on the leg for lining up the mortise and tenon joints to the rails, it became difficult to line up rails to legs.  The major challenge was then to shape the tenon and ends of the rails for snug joins at the legs. Had I taken Marc and Michael's advice to have a "layout" or "plan" in advance, I would have saved a lot of time.

The interchangeable insert for the top is approximately 11" x 44" and will have a marquetry insert and a few epoxy inserts.  

None of this would be possible for me if it weren't for the experience and confidence gained at MASW.  God Bless Marc Adams and family.