Shaker Bentwood Tray

Presented by Matt Stonehouse

Adapting the classic Shaker oval box, we present to you the ‘Shaker Bentwood Tray’ course.
While not traditional, this form echoes the look of iconic Shaker box tops. Like the oval boxes, these trays possess grace, simplicity and great utility. They make the perfect gift and like oval boxes, they nest for compact storage.

Students will learn to bevel, steam and bend Shaker tray bands and fit and tack them to tray bottoms. It will be possible to make up to 3 trays per class – from sizes 8 , 10 & 12. The measurements of size 12 (the largest tray) is 550mm x 380mm.

We will be using Cherry which is sourced directly from the USA. Because these trays are relatively large, it is necessary to use veneered plywood for the bases. We will be using Cherry Veneer for these bases as well. You will learn how to glue these veneers onto plywood using one of our 2 vacuum presses.

Discussion topics will include re-sawing wood into box bands, making or ordering templates, cutting finger patterns, making oval cores for shaping bands and sources for box materials. Time permitting, we will also cover finishing with shellac, oil and/or wax.

Matt Stonehouse

$320 (Inclusive of GST)
All materials included

Sunday 19th May 2019
9:00am to 5:00pm

1 day

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

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About the Instructor
Matt Stonehouse is a Melbourne based musician, composer and instrument maker currently living on the Dunmoochin Artist Colony in Cottles Bridge, Victoria. He lives there as an artist-in-resident. Matt Stonehouse is Australia’s foremost percussionist of Arabic and Turkish styles of drumming and is featured on more than forty albums of both local and international artists. In addition to percussion, Matt is a highly regarded guitarist, mandolin and mandocello player and uses these instruments when composing. This can be heard on his 2016 vinyl album release, ‘Rosie’s point of view.ʼ

His recording credits as percussionist are both impressive and extensive. Internationally notable artists he has performed/ recorded with are: The Ross Daly quartet (Crete), The Tea Party (Canada), Coleman Barks (USA). In Australia his credits include the ARIA nominated album ‘Empires‘ by Latidtude 37, Bashka, Mista Savona, Alwan, Yair Dalal ,My friend the chocolate cake, Zulya and the children of the underground, Kozmik County and surf rock group, The Reefers.

Matt first discovered MGFW in 2014 whilst attending the Shaker Bentwood Box course and became a student of Alastairʼs ever since. Other than the occasional fine furniture build, Matt focuses on crafting high end frame drums for musicians around the world and is currently designing a large set of 25 tunable drums to be performed by his frame drum ensemble here in Melbourne. When heʼs not playing or making drums…heʼs making Shaker Bentwood Boxes and Trays!