|Project by DrTebi||posted 06-16-2009 08:56 PM||2517 views||2 times favorited||18 comments|
I recently enrolled the “Digital Arts and Communications” program at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Yes, I am a computer geek kind of guy, however, the academy offers many other courses in more practical art and one of them was “Furniture Construction.”
This was a really great class and throughout the semester every student build their own table design.
I learned quite a lot, as I had never before used professional tools to build a piece of furniture.
I designed the table with Google Sketchup, which I think is great for designing furniture.
The class was provided with soft maple wood to work with, any other wood we needed to get on our own. I chose “Brazilian Cherry” for the table top, as I wanted to have a nice contrast in wood colors. The difference of these two woods, especially in hardness, is tremendous. My teachers were very concerned that they might “work against each other” and that the glued on top may not stay on well. It has stayed just fine after one year now.
The only thing I did not like about this project was the finishing. One teacher, the rather “old school” teacher, recommended waxing, the other “The Good Stuff.” I ended up using “The Good Stuff” but, although it looks pretty good, I wish I had used wax. The finish scratches easily, and I don’t know how long I have before I need to re-apply some finish again. The product also seems a bit nasty, I will definitely try more natural products for the next project.
For a “first” I think it turned out quite nice. I actually want to try to take the class again and build a couple of furniture pieces for my new place, a 1906 house that I am currently remodeling.