Eclipse the Ellipse: Design & Make an Oval Table with Michael Fortune August 29 - September 2, 2022

about this workshop

Ovals are an intriguing shape, but they can be hard to get the proportions right. In this class students can make the coffee table in the photo (30” x 46” x 16”H) or make one to their own size requirement. Students can then change the purpose and create an oval end table or hall table, even a dining table. Learn how to layout and cut ovals by hand, use a shop made router or even with a purchased router jig. The smooth arcs on the top are done with a shop made bandsaw jig. The ebonized base for the coffee table was stack laminated, but there are other base design options available.

Unique Instructor Michael Fortune

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Key Points:
*Layout techniques for drawing and making ovals
*How to set up and use a router to cut the oval and profile the edge detail
*How to set up the bandsaw, choose the right blade for cutting precise arcs and how to make the bandsaw jig
*Machining techniques for making the decorative detail on the table top
*Learn stack laminating and shaping techniques
*Method of ebonizing wood with flame or using a shop made formula for dyeing wood black

Workshop Days: Monday to Friday
Instruction Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.



Eclipse the Ellipse: Design & Make an Oval Table with Michael Fortune August 29 - September 2, 2022


Availability: Open

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