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Furniture Design for Beginners

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Saturdays, Sep 18 - Dec 18 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 10/10, 11/28
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-WOOD-0817 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $495 | lab fee $50


Have you ever wanted to custom design a piece of furniture? Bring your ideas to this fast-paced introductory course in furniture design and construction. We begin with a brief history of furniture design, identifying the unique features of various periods. Students then learn about wood and how to mill it. Using both hand tools and machinery, we investigate traditional techniques for joinery, including mortise and tenon, dovetails, and frame and panel construction. Design theories are discussed, including the 'Golden Rectangle,' to provide students with an understanding of the effect of proportions in their designs. As individual projects are designed and built, students strive to blend the four main objectives in furniture design: function, durability, comfort and aesthetics. Hands-on demonstrations and individual consultations help participants bring their ideas to life. Finishing techniques and a final critique round out the course. Note: Students should plan to buy their own materials. Previous woodworking experience is helpful.

  • Name: Shane Richards (Bio)