The petite demilune (or half elliptical) is an elegant table, rich with decorative possibilities and well suited for many uses. It's also an excellent project to explore design, laminating to create curved parts, cutting angled joints, and using a variety of hand tools to size, smooth, and fit parts.
As a class, students will build the same table, with small variations in size and detail. Students will start by designing the curve of the apron, the taper and size of the legs, the joinery, the top overhang and details, and how everything fits together. Construction from there involves some machine setups, from cutting a set of legs to a pattern off the bandsaw to resawing laminations and cutting mortises. Then it will be careful work with planes and chisels refining parts, fitting joinery, smoothing surfaces to a polish, and trying your hand at string inlay or other decorative details.
The focus might be building an elegant table, but what students will walk away with will be more confidence as a furniture designer, better hand skills, and more insight into the balance between machines and hand tools in working efficiently and accurately.
Tuition: $750 for members and $820 for non-members
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