Build the Belden Tea Table with Bob Van Dyke – Hands-on Class


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The Belden tea table in situ at the Webb Deane Stevens Museum in Weathersfield, CT.The Belden Tea table, originally made in Weathersfield, Connecticut, is on display at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Weathersfield. While the class can’t travel to the museum to gather information about the table, we can do the next best thing – bring Bob Van Dyke and all his research here to show you how to make this incredible 18th Century Connecticut masterpiece.




Belden Tea Table

The week begins with an in-depth study of Bob’s research. Drawings and patterns are made, as necessary, then you move on to making the elegant cabriole legs. Joinery and making the almost sculptural top take you through the end of the week.



Some of the skills learned in the Belden Tea Table class are:

  • Making matching cabriole legs with pad feet
  • How to make patterns for apron and top cutouts
  • Accurate methods for forming mortise-and-tenon joints


Each student should supply his or her own:

  • Safety glasses and hearing protection
  • Combination or machinist square
  • Bevel gauge
  • Bench chisels
  • Carvers mallet
  • Carving tools
  • Dovetail saw
  • Marking gauge
  • Smooth plane or jack plane
  • Block plane
  • Tape measure or folding rule

If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic, there are plenty of tools for you to use in class.

Course Dates:

  • September 26 – 30, 2022



The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm – the shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

The class is limited to a maximum of 4 students.

If you want to make a larger table and you’re buying the wood through me, choose the appropriate lumber pack, then contact me to work out the customization.

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