Of all of the tables I have built over the years, this petite demilune or half elliptical design is one I return to again and again. It’s an elegant and classy table rich with decorative possibilities. In this 10 day class, you will explore design, lamination to create curved parts, cutting angled joints, and using a variety of hand tools to size, fit, and smooth parts.
We'll start by drawing a full scale top view of our demilune to see the curve of the apron, the position of the legs, the joinery, and how everything fits together. To produce elegant tapered legs we’ll make a pattern, an extremely useful tool for cutting out the legs and later as a story stick for laying out the joinery. The curved front apron is a continuous lamination, very strong yet light. The joinery uses a combination of machine and hand tools. The last step is to add some decorative details — of which there are many — such as fine string inlays down the legs and a cockbead around the apron.
While our focus is on building an elegant table, this class is also about gaining more confidence as a designer, better hand skills, and more insight into the balance between machines and hand tools in working efficiently and accurately.
Garrett will communicate with students before the class to answer questions, discuss designs, give advice, and go over the materials cutlist. Students are expected to select and prepare their own materials for this course.
The school has a complete set of the common hand tools at each workbench for you to use, and high quality specialized hand tools in the bench room, however, Garrett strongly suggests that you bring your own hand tools. You’ll better understand how they work, how to tune them, and how to keep them sharp.
Click here to see Garrett's list of Recommended Tools
This is a class for woodworkers with significant hand tool experience. If you have questions about your skill level for this course, please contact us.
Class Information and Registration
Class starts at 9:00am on the first day and runs until 5pm. Instruction is Monday - Friday and the school will be open on the weekend for students to work independently.
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Class size: 10
Materials: Students will prepare their own stock for this course.
When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.