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Build a Mid Century Modern Table

October 15 - October 19 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Mid-Century modern movement in the U.S. was an American reflection of the International and Bauhaus movements. The American version was slightly more organic in form and less formal than the International Style.  Mid-Century architecture was frequently employed in residential structures with the goal of bringing modernism into America’s post-war suburbs. Function was as important as form in Mid-Century designs, with an emphasis placed specifically on targeting the needs of the average American family.

Level:  Open to All

In this hands-on beginning woodwork class, you will learn the complete process of woodworking (designing, milling, joinery, finishing) and along the way make an iconic mid century modern table.  Mid-Century Modern (MCM) furniture designs are renowned for creating appealing tables that masterfully ‘float’ the top above minimalist table bases.

The class is taught by Miriam Carpenter who is not only a designer in her own right, but has also studied with Mira Nakashima.You will also learn about tool set-up and proper techniques for using stationary power equipment (jointer, planer, table saw, etc) and hand tools (squares, chisels, scrapers).

Miriam will work with you to incorporate some of your own design elements and, for those whose skills set are a little further along, additional complexity.

Some of the key topics of learning will be:

  • Understanding the Mid Century Design aesthetic
  • How to design and create plans for building a table
  • How to mill lumber, create joinery and construct a table
  • How to use power tools such as the jointer, planer, table saw and router
  • Use of basic handtools
  • Shop safety
  • An overview of finishing techniques

Tuition:  $750 per person + $120 Materials

Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $45 if this is your first time registering.


10 available
Foundation Class - MidCent Modern Table$750.00


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