The Classic Bookcase

Presented by Steve Latta

Photo: Courtesy of Fine Woodworking Magazine

We are very pleased to welcome internationally reknowned furniture maker, author and instructor, Steve Latta, whose Pennsylvania Spice Box article was published in Fine Woodworking magazine - 2008: (issue #196) and in 2016 (issue #255).

Glass doors protecting your collection of small turnings, antique tools or rare first editions, bring a level of sophistication to this already elegant bookcase. Light gently bounces off the rich texture of the eight panes of old, salvaged glass cut and glazed into each door. The beaded face-frame, profiled shelf-edges, ogee or flat bracket feet, 3/8 mullions and a frame-and-panel back all contribute to the overall refinement of the piece. The hardware, brass butt hinges, surface bolts and lock bolster the design.

In this class, we will get a get a great deal of the project completed by focusing on a professional, strategic approach to tackling the many tasks involved in this case piece. During our week together, I intend to emphasise the process of woodworking as much as the product. Many folks talk about the artistic nature of woodworking but in doing so, only tend to look at the finished piece sitting on display. I want to explore the path itself that takes us to that point and the sense of rhythm that adds its own spirit.

  • Learn a systematic approach to case construction that is applicable to many other forms.
  • Ogee or flat bracket feet
  • Combining cutters to generate more complex moldings.
  • Use of the shaper and power feeder.
  • Classic glass door construction with delicate mullions.
  • Salvaging old glass.
  • Hanging a matched pair of inset doors with brass butt hinges, flush bolts and lock.
  • Classic and timeless design.

Photo: Courtesy of Taunton Press

Steve Latta

Alastair Boell

$2130 (Inclusive of GST)
All materials included

DEPOSITS - A $400 non refundable deposit will be required when registering for this Master Class.

9:00am to 5:00pm
18th to 24th June (7 day course)

Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.
14 Cottage St, Blackburn VIC

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About the Instructor
Steve Latta makes both contemporary and traditional furniture while teaching woodworking at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and Millersville University in Lancaster County, PA.

For the past several years, Steve has been a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking magazine and has released several videos on inlay and furniture construction. He has lectured at Colonial Williamsburg, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and Winterthur Museum as well as numerous other schools and guilds.

Working in conjunction with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, he helped develop and market a set of contemporary inlay tools. When not in the shop, Steve can be found on his motorcycle, hiking in the woods with his lab, Neesa, or cuddled up with a good book. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth, in rural Pennsylvania with their children, Fletcher, Sarah and Grace nearby.