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
"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
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
"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.