Wharton Esherick Inspired Coffee Table – Hands-on Class


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Wharton Esherick is called the Dean of American Woodworkers. He was making what we call contemporary, or studio furniture long before those terms existed. This Wharton Esherick-inspired coffee table is an example of his eye for balance and design.


Wharton Esherick Coffee Table


We will be recreating this table during this five-day class. The curved legs pose a challenge with their through mortise and tenon joinery. Come see how traditional woodworking techniques can be applied to a table created by this woodworking pioneer in 1951.


Some of the skills you will learn in this class:

  •  Shaping contoured surfaces
  • Curved mortise and tenon joinery
  • Side-hung drawer construction

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:

  • Aug. 01 – 05, 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.

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