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MM17: Victorian Furniture

w/ G. Robert Scott


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$29.95 + S&H

Table of Contents:

Tools and Materials
Making Patterns
Cutting Templates
Shaping Templates
Cutting Table Legs
Shaping and Sanding Legs
Molding Table Legs
Carving Stretcher

Approx. Running Time: 109 minutes

Here's How You Can Get Everyone To Think You're A Genius!

"Victorian furniture is interesting. It's molded, carved, sawed, shaped, and polished. But most of all, it's fun to make." Those are the words of G. Robert Scott, a retired architect who since the early 70's, has "miniaturized" his architectural skills and used them to create miniature Queen Anne and Victorian Furniture.

"What I like most about Victorian Furniture," Bob jokes, "is that you can copy someone else's work, and everyone thinks you're a genius."

In "Victorian Furniture: Getting Started With Power Tools" Volume 17 of the multi-part Master Miniaturists Video Instructional Series, Bob teaches you how to use power tools to make a Victorian library table. Once you've mastered the use of these power tools, you can use the techniques to create just about any other piece of furniture for your miniature house.

This video begins by demonstrating the different power tools you'll need to design and cut your miniature furniture. Bob not only lists them, he also tells you the benefits and features of each tool, his favorite brand of power tools.

Once you've gathered your materials, your first step will be to create a pattern for the individual table pieces. You'll then use this pattern as a guide to cut the hardboard for the templates you'll use when cutting the wood for your Victorian Table. From the outset, Bob's down-to-earth style makes you feel like you're learning not from a master teacher, but as a friend who really cares about your work.

"When you find a picture of a piece of furniture you want to make," he says, "the first thing you must do is make a pattern. The best way to do this easily is by drawing it on graph paper." Bob then draws on his years of experience as an architect to show you exactly how to do this.

Although Bob makes things look easy, he also encourages beginners, and reminds them that mistakes are often the best learning tools. "Pattern making is an art," he says. "It isn't something you learn overnight. You have to spoil a lot of paper before you get a good pattern. Practice is the name of the game."

Bob then demonstrates how to use a jigsaw to make the templates. He covers each step, from preparing the jigsaw, to clamping it down and adjusting it to keep it from vibrating when you begin cutting.

Once the jigsaw is ready, he shows you how to cut each piece of hardboard beginning with the tabletop, followed by the stretcher and end pieces. Along the way, Bob stops cutting frequently to explain each technique in more detail. When the wood is cut, you'll watch as he uses a sanding board to straighten the edges that were left uneven by the jigsaw. He then fine tunes the template pieces even further with a triangular file.

"Beginning miniaturists quite often make the mistake of trying to cut everything perfectly using a jigsaw," says Bob. "But you can't do that. You have to take your time, and address each thing as it comes up."

Once you've smoothed out the edges of your templates, they'll be your guide as you use a drill press to cut the wood pieces for your table. While demonstrating how to do this, Bob accidentally breaks one of the table's legs. He uses this as an opportunity to show you how to repair the piece and save the wood, instead of having to cut a new piece.

Your next step will be to sand and shape the legs much the same way as you shaped and sanded the template. This is followed by cutting and molding the tabletop, edge, and stretcher. It's here that Bob shares a great tip for using old venetian blinds to save money when making miniature furniture.

You'll then assemble and glue all the individual pieces into your finished table. In this section Bob demonstrates how to use a jig to lock the pieces into place while the glue is drying. Once dry, you'll apply clear acrylic to add a smooth finish to your table. Bob completes the project by showing you how to a personalized touch to each of your creations for future generations to enjoy.

The video ends with a list of sources and a display of several other furniture pieces you can make using the techniques you learn on this video.