Making a Contemporary Coffee Table - Craftsy.com online class

I’d like to announce my Contemporary Coffee Table online class with Craftsy.com. The online class is a step-by-step video demonstrating the complete process of making a contemporary coffee table. Although the table's design has a contemporary feel, the techniques I used to build the table are traditional and very approachable. The class covers selecting wood, milling, mortise and tenon joinery, shaping on the bandsaw, using hand planes to refine curved and flat surfaces, edge joining and applying an oil finish as well as a number of other techniques. The class is about 2 hours and 45 minutes long.

Craftsy.com offers HD video classes in a variety of mediums that you can access from your computer or mobile device. The Craftsy platform has a number of helpful features such as video notes and 30-second repeats, the ability to ask questions of the instructor, share your projects for feedback and tips, as well as drawings, materials list and helpful diagrams. The class is yours to keep, allowing you to move at your own pace and watch as many times as you like. 

To celebrate the launch of the class, I'm offering a 50% discount to sign up through my website.  Follow this link to learn more about the class on my Workshops page. You can also follow the link at the bottom of this page to go directly to the class on the Craftsy website. Either way will enable the 50% discount. Have fun and enjoy the class!

www.craftsy.com/ext/Craig-VandallStevens_5063_H

 

The New Book

I’m pleased to present my most recent book, The Fine Art of Marquetry; Creating Images in Wood Using Sawn Veneers by Schiffer Publishing. This is my 5th book with Schiffer and I'm very happy with the results. The book describes in great detail, the technique of double-bevel marquetry using a fret saw, a simple sawing table called a Donkey and hand-sawn wood veneers.

"…Craig Vandall Stevens takes you from novice to advanced woodworker with this illustrated guide to marquetry, a technique where different colors of wood veneers are carefully cut to fit precisely together, forming a single sheet of veneer."

I use the double-bevel marquetry technique in my own work.  This method is ideal for creating a precisely fitting marquetry design.  While there are other marquetry methods that can make multiples of the same image, those techniques don't lend themselves to the truly perfect fit that I'm aiming at in my own work.

In The Fine Art of Marquetry,  I cover wood selection, resawing veneers on the bandsaw and the techniques and nuance of double-bevel marquetry, creating a simple, 3-piece practice image in wood. I then demonstrate how to make a small marquetry panel with a plywood core, veneered on both sides with solid edge banding.

Finally in the last section of the book, I show how to make a more challenging marquetry piece with sand shading, giving the image a 3-dimensional look. This marquetry panel becomes the lid for the jewelry box project in the final part of the book. I take the reader step-by-step through the process of making a small mitered box. This includes selecting wood and milling the box parts, accurate mitered joinery, making a floating bottom panel and gluing up, using decorative splines to strengthen the miters, applying a shellac finish and fitting the marquetry lid.

The book is a 160 page hardcover with over 800 color photos - $40. If you would like a signed copy, please follow the link below to go to my online store page.

The Fine Art of Marquetry 

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Welcome!

Shunmin - Dawn of Spring Room Divider

Welcome to my newly designed website! A new look, new functionality and a new address. The new site allows me to more easily update projects and images, as well as occasionally talk about the process of creating one-of-a-kind furniture.