Mike’s reverence for all things wood was nurtured at an early age by his grandfather, a hobbyist woodworker and carpenter. Throughout high school, college and beyond, Mike explored wood as a building material through woodworking, studying Wood Products at The Pennsylvania State University, timber framing, carpentry and designing timber frames. In 2005, Mike and his future wife, Jen, moved to New England, an area with a rich tradition as one of the centers of studio furniture making. Mike had the good fortune to work with one celebrated maker, which was a catalyst for the type of finely detailed work he currently produces. Mike, Jen and Ted the Newfoundland live on a small homestead in the Fox Chapel area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they grow vegetables and blueberries. Lots of blueberries.
Introduction to Table Making
A beautiful Shaker-style console table packed with new techniques and skills
Small tables are wonderful skill-building projects, where new skills are acquired, and existing skills are reinforced. Small tables also provide ample opportunity to dial up the detailing to express one’s own design creativity.
In this class, you will build a side table with tapered, splayed legs, and an under beveled tabletop. You will also explore different ways of dressing up your table with inlay, veneer, and cock beading.
This is a hybrid class where you will use power tools for joinery and preliminary milling and shaping, and hand tools to accurately and precisely do the final shaping and surface preparation of all table parts.
There are lots of opportunities to learn new skills in this compact project and some of the key learning points include:
Milling mortise and tenon joinery.
Tapering legs with a bandsaw and hand planes (no tapering jig).
Shaping the under bevels on the tabletop with hand planes.
Making and using shop sawn veneer for decorative effect.
Working with inlay/stringing and other decorative elements.
Skill Level: Participants should be comfortable at using machinery to mill parts true (flat and square), and have a general understanding of basic wood joinery. Because this class emphasizes hand tool use some basic level of use/knowledge is recommended. Not sure? Give us a call at 813 223 3490 and talk to Kate Swann.
Materials & Books Needed: Provided by the School
Materials: Provided by the School
Tools: The School has the majority of what you will need, however, there are a few items you’ll need to make sure you bring click here.
If you have a basic (or more) set of hand tools, we recommend you bring them if possible.” If not, the School will be able to supply any tools you may need.
Books: Completely OPTIONALThe Handplane Book by Garrett Hack is an excellent read for anyone who wishes to shift their mindset to hand plane (and hand tools in general) use.
Tuition: $820 per person
Studio & Materials Fee: $200
One time registration fee of $45
Available for female, non-binary, GNC, and BIPOC identifying students.