Arts and Crafts Display Case & Leaded Glass Panels

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Blog entry by Glen Peterson posted 03-21-2011 12:30 AM 4930 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the winter I’ve been taking a project class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. We’ve built the Arts and Crafts Display Case that was designed by FW Art Director Mike Pekovich and on the cover of FW in April 2010. Bob Van Dyke, the director of CVSW, taught the class. It was so popular that he had 2 sections of about 10 students each.

My case is made of QSWO, but others selected cherry or walnut. The class is over and my case is nearly complete.

I spent today gluing up the drawers and fitting the doors and drawers.

Now it’s just a matter of attaching the back and glass panels and preparing the surfaces for finishing.

Yesterday Mike Pekovich came to CVSW and taught a one-day class on making the leaded glass panels for the doors. The FW article explains the process, but I’m very glad I took the additional class. The last thing I need is another excuse to buy tools. Although I’ve cut glass for picture frames and soldered copper pipe, I don’t think I would have been so successful without the direct instruction. This photo shows the leaded glass panel laid into, but not yet secured to, the door frame,

Mike was a great teacher and although the process is very messy and quite different from woodworking, I think all of us had a fun and productive day. I would certainly consider incorporating leaded glass or stained glass into other projects.


-- Glen

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#1 posted 03-21-2011 01:17 AM

Nicely done What finish will you use?

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#2 posted 03-21-2011 08:52 AM


That’s a VERY nice piece. The leaded glass panels really add to the charm. Great to know how to do them (yourself) as well. Thanks for taking the time to post and share. Play / be safe.


-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 03-21-2011 02:52 PM

Great work Glen … the leaded glass is going to make thie piece look really interesting. Looking forward to seeing the final product. The half blinds look sweet too.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 03-22-2011 02:08 AM

Very nice joinery. Will you incorporate the tannin of the WO in your finishing process?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 03-22-2011 01:34 PM

You are doing a wonderful job there.
So elegant details, and so beautiful wood.
It sounds wonderful with a glass day also, look at Frank Lloyd Wright glass works, there are inspiration for a long time.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#6 posted 03-22-2011 07:00 PM

Really nice work on that piece. I hope you’ll post some photos of the finished product.

I am considering building the same piece. I hope mine turns out as well.

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