Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table – Hands-on Class


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Mid-century modern coffee table.The Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table class is perfect for the beginning furniture maker or the master. Historically, mid-century modern furniture tends to be simplistic, stiff, and boxy in appearance. It was, after all, factory-made. The tool and production limitations were the driving factors in most of the designs of the period. This rare gem of a design effectively balances form, function, and historically long-lived joinery techniques to create a visually balanced, well-constructed table.

Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table

Although this project looks complex, this coffee table is perfect for the budding furniture maker. Simple wedged, round-tenon joinery gives this table an elegant appearance without being ornate. The week begins with a full-scale drawing, then quickly moves into joinery and making all the tapered legs.

Some of the skills learned in the Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table class are:

  • Proper project planning
  • Round-tenon joinery
  • Preparing surfaces for finish
  • Matching figure in wood to provide the best possible look for your project

Materials are not included in the class fee. Lumber for this project may be purchased through us or on your own and shipped to our shop at least four weeks prior to the class.

Each student should supply his, or her, own:

  • Safety glasses and hearing protection
  • Combination or machinist square
  • Bevel gauge
  • Bench chisels
  • Carvers mallet
  • 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 your use in class.

Course Dates:

  • June 06 – 10, 2022

Previous Dates

  • October 8 – 12, 2018

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.

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