Heirloom Desk – Frank Strazza
Make Your Heirloom Desk
A great desk stands the test of time and in this class, you’ll get to make a beautiful writing desk and incorporate some options for different aesthetics.
In this 5 day class Frank will lead you through the steps as you build your own writing desk with a drawer.
Drawing on nearly 30 years of experience of both hand tool and machine work, Frank will teach you how to hand-cut dovetails to create a drawer. You will learn mortise and tenons, how to surface wood by hand, and gluing up large panels just to name a few.
Each person will build a desk 24” x 48” by 30” (please note if you would like to modify the size please let the school know ASAP)
You can choose between two wood choices:
- Maple (lighter more contemporary twist)
- Cherry (warm and rich)
Others may be available upon request and an upcharge. If you would like to bring your own wood we will provide a cut list.
Frank will also cover design variations, and how subtle changes can affect the design. You can customize your leg profile if you would like a craftsman style with straight legs and corbels. You could choose a shaker style with tapered legs and straight or arched aprons. If you want a more curvaceous look, a Biedermeier leg might be your style.
You will learn both traditional joinery and modern-day building techniques and make a piece that lasts for generations.
It is a great project to sink your teeth into after taking a Beginner Woodworking, Handtool, and/or Table Making class. It’s really going to help bring everything you’ve learned together in a single project. The techniques you’ll learn will form a solid foundation for a variety of furniture –tables, chests of drawers, and more–using a mix of machine and hand-cut joinery.
What You Will Learn
- Design elements
- Choosing your wood
- Mortise and tenon joinery, both hand and machine methods
- Gluing up and surfacing large panels (desktop)
- Creating tapered and curved legs by hand.
- Creating a drawer front with continuous grain with a perfect fit.
- How to Handcut dovetails, half-blind and through.
- How to properly construct a drawer and fit it perfectly
- Surfacing wood by hand using hand planes and scrapers.
Tool List: TOOL LIST
Want To Ship It Home?
We’ve got you covered! The School can also provide you with a shipping quote should you choose to assemble your piece. Alternatively, if you are flying in, work can be shipped home, unassembled using a large flat box (ie, bicycle box), and checked as an extra bag.
Materials Needed: Pull for the drawer
Tuition: $745 per person
Studio & Materials Fee: $250
One time registration fee of $45
- October 5 @ 9:00 am
- October 9 @ 5:00 pm
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- 2020 Classes, All, Desk Making, Furniture Making, handtool, In Person, Joinery, Level I, Level II, Level III, Project Based, Table Making
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