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Contemporary Coffee Table

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Build a high-end coffee table that will serve friends and family well for years to come. Create tapered legs, mortise and tenon joinery, a hand-planed finish and more.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Craig Vandall Stevens
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Shaping the Legs
4. Dry-Fitting the Table Base
5. Building the Top
6. Assembling the Base
7. Attaching the Top & Finishing

Taught by

Craig Vandall Stevens
Craig Vandall Stevens
Craig Vandall Stevens studied furniture making at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in Northern California. Today, he designs and builds highly crafted, one-of-a-kind furniture for exhibition and commission. Craig has written feature articles for Fine Woodworking magazine, as well as five woodworking and woodcarving books from Schiffer Publishing, including Creating Coffee Tables. He's received numerous awards for his work, such as an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. Craig was also a featured craftsman on the television program Modern Masters.

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