Over the winter I’ve been taking a project class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. We’ve built the Arts and Crafts Display Case that was designed by FW Art Director Mike Pekovich and on the cover of FW in April 2010. Bob Van Dyke, the director of CVSW, taught the class. It was so popular that he had 2 sections of about 10 students each.
My case is made of QSWO, but others selected cherry or walnut. The class is over and my case is nearly complete.
I spent today gluing up the drawers and fitting the doors and drawers.
Now it’s just a matter of attaching the back and glass panels and preparing the surfaces for finishing.
Yesterday Mike Pekovich came to CVSW and taught a one-day class on making the leaded glass panels for the doors. The FW article explains the process, but I’m very glad I took the additional class. The last thing I need is another excuse to buy tools. Although I’ve cut glass for picture frames and soldered copper pipe, I don’t think I would have been so successful without the direct instruction. This photo shows the leaded glass panel laid into, but not yet secured to, the door frame,
Mike was a great teacher and although the process is very messy and quite different from woodworking, I think all of us had a fun and productive day. I would certainly consider incorporating leaded glass or stained glass into other projects.