Sep 28 - Oct 03, 2020
A foot stool is a great way to gain skills using your hand tools. And the “John Elliot” reproduction footstool is one of the finest examples made in the 18 th century. Many valuable skills will be learned while students build this foot stool.
After surfacing our materials with a hand plane, Ray will demonstrate different methods of laying out and cutting mortise and tenon joints by hand using tools such as a mortise gauge, tenon saw, mortise chisel, bench chisel, shoulder plane and router plane.
Next, he will demonstrate cutting and shaping cabriole legs using spokeshaves, rasps, files, and card scrapers. Then Ray will demonstrate an uncomplicated way to layout and carve a Philadelphia style ball and claw foot. Ray will teach you how to layout and carve scallop shells both in the round, like those found on the knees of each leg, and as an applique which is placed on the aprons.
The minimum expectation is to complete all of the joinery and one complete leg with a shell and either ball and claw or trifid style foot. Depending on skill level you may get much further. Other subject that will be discussed include tool sharpening, small shop organization for efficiency, and finishing techniques just to name a few!
Traditional and modern upholstery methods will also be discussed, and students will complete the slip seat frame in class. Finish options and techniques are discussed in depth.
Students may bring their own wood for this project based on the cut list below. We are also arranging potential "student packs" with the wood components milled to rough size (stay tuned for that). Final dimensioning will be done in class. Mahogany is recommended but walnut, cherry, and maple are also possible. Anyone wishing to mail their wood to the school may do so. Click here for a required tool list and cut list from the instructor. And you can read Ray's bio here.