Make a Newport Tea Table – Hands-on Class


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The Newport tea table is one of the most sculptural 18th Century pieces. In this week-long class, you’ll make your own version of one of the most elegant tea tables in existence.



Newport Tea Table

The original table, upon which our copy is based, was made in 1765 for Nicholas Brown of Newport, RI.  A masterpiece in its own right, this table class begins with a full-sized drawing. The joinery, sculptural aprons, and top follow. Rounding out the week is carving ball and claw feet with pierced talons.


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

  • Carving matching ball-and-claw feet
  • Sculpting linen-fold aprons
  • Carving a solid, dished top
  • Decorative knee carving


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:

  • July 18 – 22, 2022 or
  • August 08 – 12, 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 3 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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