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.
Federal Demilune Table in Mahogany
Carl had this to say about his project…
“This Demilune Table was the project in one of Steve Latta’s classes last summer. I began it in July and finished it at home in August. The top and legs are solid Mahogany, while the core of the curved front is (brick-laid) popular pieces. The curved aprons were formed using a routing template and a router with a guide bearing, to form a pleasing round shape. Ultimately the curved apron was overlaid with a layer of 2-ply ”no black line“ veneer followed by hand-cut 18” Mahogany Veneer.“
”The table is 35 1/2“ in diameter and 19” tall. It has a swing leg which can be utilized to drop the back half of the top to form a round table top. The leg is affixed to the main carcass of the table by means of a hand-cut wooden knuckle joint (an interesting challenged in itself!)“
”As I said, this was a Steve Latta Class. During the class, Steve explained how “back in the day” you could determine the wealth of person by the amount of embellishment the prospective client would have the cabinet maker add to a commissioned piece. A basic piece for example may have only the basic table with no or very few embellishments. A step up would probably see the front of the legs gain some type of inlay. I decided to kick my piece up to the “A” level by applying inlay to all four sides of all four legs. I am pleased with the final result. I guess you could say it was a basic class piece to which I added my own ideas of proper embellishment. All the inlay pieces are hand cut, including the decorative ovals (paterae) on each leg. The banding on the table top and the bottom of the apron were also my addition. I also made some of the banding.“
”I found the class to be technically challenging, particularly the cutting of the notches in curved front to accept the saddle fit legs. This table top utilizes a different set of hinges from anything I have used in the past so that was a new learning experience as well.“
An Outfeed Table Becomes A Bench
- 8/4 Maple for the legs
- 3/4 Red Oak for the drawer fronts and trim
- Baltic Birch plywood for the casework and drawers
- Pegboard ends for tool and blade storage
- Vise kit from Rockler
Completed: Summer 2008
“I started out needing an outfeed table for my table saw when I happened to come across a maple butcher block top
at Grizzly that was 3’ x 6’ and seemed well-suited to my needs. My table saw is 37 1/2” tall, so that dictated the height
of my bench.“
”I used mortise and tenon joinery on the legs and made the boxes for the drawers to fit the openings
between the legs. The depth of the boxes was the distance between the legs minus the depth of the largest
tilt bin. I trimmed the bins with Red Oak and added Baltic Birch drawers with Red Oak fronts. Lastly I added peg
board on both ends – one side for tools and the other for table saw blades and inserts.“
”Finally, I used Red Mahogany stain on the Red Oak and a wipe-on poly all over.“
Rising Tide: A Boat Full of Balls
Dick has this to say about this fantastic project…
May, 2014 (I have made others since).
Base (the sea) - Curly maple.
Balls - Various woods including: cherry, maple, cocobola, birch, ash, bloodwood, padauk, zebra wood, walnut, black cottonwood burl and big lead maple burl.
The ocean is 36 inches long, by approx. 12 inches wide.
The boat is 32 inches long, 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep.
“It came from a PBS documentary on Dale Chilhuly. When he was doing an installation in Ireland, he came across an old row boat in a stream and filled it with glass floats. This image remained with me until I finally decided to do my own interpretation in wood. This also coincided with my receiving a year-long grant from the Professional Outreach Program (POP) of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). This particular piece, entitled Rising Tide: A Boat full of Balls was first made public at the annual AAW Symposium in Phoenix, AZ in June 2014. It sold quickly to a private collector.”
How I made the boat: “I used pieces of wood joined with a glue along a paper joint. I mounted the blank between centers, turned and sanded the piece into a more or less canoe shape, then split the piece along the paper joint, thus producing 2 identical boats.”
Design Considerations: “Should the boat (my idea of a dugout canoe) have a smooth or rough interior? I resolved this by talking to an anthropologist familiar with native tribes in the Amazon basin in South America. He explained that the natives try to make the outside as smooth as possible so it will move through the water easily. However, for the inside, the surface is left somewhat rough and textured. Since most of the natives go barefoot and the indigenous trees are usually quite oily, a smooth surface, along with a wet oily surface would make for a slippery surface. So, they have learned to leave the inner surface somewhat rough to facilitate better foot holds.”
Technical Challenges: “Making perfectly round spheres. I used 3 methods to make the spheres. One was to use cup chucks as explained by Richard Raffan in his book ”Woodturning Projects.“ The second, was to use one of two commercial sphere making jigs. Third, I used a special sphere layout tool from Soren Berger in New Zealand to produce some of the spheres.”
“Once the spheres were produced, I then had decide whether to leave the spheres with their natural surface or to use various surface enhancement techniques I had learned over the 30+ years of my professional woodturning career.”
Philadelphia Trifid Foot Chair
John had this to say about his Period chair…
“This Philadelphia Trifid Foot Chair was originally started in Alf Sharp’s 2013 class and completed 2014. After it was built, I had it authentically upholstered by Mike Mascelli, who also teaches at MASW.” The highly figured lumber was also obtained from Alf’s lumber mill operation."
“The chair took Best in Show at the Central Florida Woodworkers Guild (CFWG) annual event in December 2014.”