Next, I had Cody turn two candlesticks. The first one was fairly easy. His challenge in this project was to turn a matching candlestick from the glued up stock pictured. He learned about spindle woodturning and how to use calipers. He did a good turning job on this project. He said that he still has his What-Not Shelf on the wall and his two candlesticks on a shelf above his bed at home. (Spindle turning is the method used to turn candlesticks, bedposts, table legs, etc. - items that are long and slender.)
Cody's next woodshop project was more complex. This time he built a Shaker Sewing Table (or Stand). According to John Kassey, author and retired industrial arts teacher, this type of furniture dates back to the Classic Period of Shaker furniture styles (early-to-mid 1800's).
Cody began with the walnut board you see below.
In the next picture, you see the table that Cody built. He also turned the pedestal, and he cut out and shaped the feet and legs. Through this project he learned to use the radial-arm saw, planer, bandsaw, table saw (minimally), clamps, sander, router, drill, screwdrivers and other hand tools (April 2005).
The picture below shows the table after Cody finished it. It is the one on the left. I built the table on the right in 1996. One of the interesting things about a Shaker Sewing Table (or Stand) is that the drawer pulls out from either side of the table.
A Shaker Sewing Table will be the woodturning/woodworking project on this site.
For a change of pace in his student lessons, I introduced Cody to working in my Blacksmith Shop. I built the Blacksmith Shop and the bellows so that I could make drawer pulls, drawer handles, hinges, etc. for antique reproduction furniture. I also use it to make fireplace doors, fireplace cranes, pokers, farm gates, weather vanes, and other items that interest me. Cody found that the hammer was a little heavy for his arm and shoulder. He did like the ring of the hammer on the anvil, though.
When school ended in 2005, we took the summer off. Cody started back as a woodshop student in September. To get him back into the swing of things, I had him make a set of "Tommy Walkers" so he could enjoy one of the "toys" my generation played with when we were boys. It took a few tries before Cody got the hang of it. (I could have used Cody's help when I built the gazebo and ramp you see in the background.)
Cody Working on Gate
Getting back to work, Cody's next student project was to build a gate for the entrance to the Memorial Garden for his Great Grandmother, Easter Ford Gatton, at Tabor Presbyterian Church. Of course, he had to draw it, and then build it. He also helped me make the hinges and the gate latch in the blacksmith shop. He finished this project in October 2005.
Cody's Next Project - Bedposts and Bed
This was Cody's largest woodshop project for 2005. He had to turn two matching posts for the foot and then build the entire bed. As you can see, I did help him with the turning on this project. (Cody put duct tape on his thumb to feel less heat while he was turning. He doesn't need to do that anymore.) The next two pictures show the head and foot of the bed.
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Picture of Head of Bed
Picture of Unfinished Foot of Bed