INSTRUCTOR: Bob Hurd, Artisan
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: William and Mary Sideboard
This class is FULL.
A sideboard is a flat-topped piece of furniture with cupboards and/or drawers placed against a wall used for storing dishes, glasses, and table linens. The top surface is at a height convenient for serving food and drink while standing. The piece selected for this class was built in the William and Mary style in 1870. The design reflects the luxurious and ornate finishes favored by England’s Charles I and Charles II in the 1600s.
This project provides an opportunity for students to enhance their skills using power tools and hand tools while producing a detailed piece with ornate design elements. These elements include turned legs, dovetails on the upper structure and drawers, serpentine stretchers, beading on the drawers, and beading on the shaped apron that is on the front and sides. The top has a molded edge. Traditional joinery techniques such as rabbets and mortise and tenon will be used. Through dovetails will be made on the drawers and half blind dovetails will be made to connect the sides of the structure to the back. The overall finished dimension will be approximately 4" wide x 1-3/4" deep x 3" high.
TIME: 48 hours. Prior experience with power tools and hand tools and attention to details will improve the student’s prospect of completing construction within the allotted time. Applying the stain and lacquer finish will be partially dependent on the weather conditions.
POWER TOOLS: table saw, drill press, scroll saw, duplicator lathe
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and advanced. The ability to perform detailed work with an X-Acto knife and a chisel carving tool is essential.
MATERIALS FEE: $100 to be collected at school