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with Craig Vandall Stevens
Online Class

Contemporary Coffee Table

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Learn how to build a coffee table of superior quality as you hone your woodworking skills alongside fine furniture-maker Craig Vandall Stevens. You'll get tips for making a design mock-up, selecting the wood grain you want, laying out the parts for your project and milling flat, square pieces. Next, learn Craig's straightforward approach for creating mortise and tenon joinery and custom tapered table legs. Move on to testing the fit of your table pieces, and see how to easily adjust joints for a perfect fit. When you've finished fitting, Craig will guide you through laying out, edge-joining and flattening your table top. Then, learn to assemble the base, anchor the table top and finish your table beautifully.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h46m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction & Planning the Mock-Up

1. Introduction & Planning the Mock-Up

Meet expert woodworker Craig Vandall Stevens and get started making an elegant handcrafted coffee table! Learn how to create effective preliminary sketches, then discover simple tricks for turning your sketch into a full-sized model. Plus, get expert advice on selecting wood and laying out the parts.

2.  Milling & Joinery

2. Milling & Joinery

Once you've laid out the parts, see how to cut your planks into manageable sizes, and learn how to mill straight and square pieces. In addition, you'll get in-depth instruction on laying out and cutting precise mortise and tenon joinery -- an essential part of creating a stable, well-built table.

3. Shaping the Legs

3. Shaping the Legs

Construct the curved legs of the table with Craig's guidance. Learn how to use a custom template to lay out the shape of the legs on each blank, then watch Craig's method of making slow -- and exact -- cuts. You'll also discover how to subtly refine the shape of the legs with hand planes.