A nice looking shelf made by one of my students

The design that we chose mimicked a shelf that the student's grandfather has.  My student wanted to reproduce this family treasure and give it as a gift to his own father.  The shelf included two brackets, one board, and a railing (made from mahogany). My student sawed the parts with a copping saw and continued on to make the railings. It was the railings that provided us with a good opportunity to practice some woodcarving. We decided to carve a diamond-like decorative pattern on the railing. To do the chip carving a flat chisel and some files. Then he drilled holes in the underside of the railing and on the shelf. Following this he put some glue in the holes, inserted the tiny balusters and clamps the parts together.

This is an elegant project that made my student feel very accomplished.





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Yoav Liberman

About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.