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Make a Federal Style Card Table with Will Neptune

We are pleased to welcome back well known furniture maker and author, Will Neptune for this exciting and informative new class. Will has written numerous articles for Fine Woodworking magazine and taught traditional furniture-making techniques at the North Bennet Street School for many years in addition to his own commission furniture work. Students will have the unique opportunity to build a Federal style table under Will’s guidance. In the Federal Period, card tables were a popular furniture form. They came in a wide range of shapes and sizes and were extensively veneered and inlayed which resulted in a variety of striking decorative effects. Although these had swing legs and leaves, the designs are easily adapted to use as hall tables with fixed tops which is what we will be making in the class. The table for this class has Ogee side rails and a bow front with square corners along with having delicate tapered mahogany legs. This project offers many interesting design, construction and veneering problems. Because of the Ogee rails, the table has a trapezoidal plan view which require angled mortise and tenons. The curved rails will be made by “stack laminating”, bandsawing and scraping the curves and then veneered over the whole rail face. Part of the decoration technique you will use is inlaying “cross-banding” and patterned inlays along the edge of the veneered rails. This is an important decorative feature which also provides some very important protection to the edges of the veneers. In this class you will also learn how to use a scratch stock to do Holly string inlay along straight and curved lines. We will make some basic bandings to use on the legs and aprons, and you'll learn how to sand shade and inlay bell flowers. You will also learn how to select and prepare veneers for book matching on the aprons. Participants need to appreciate that this is an ambitious project. We expect that all of the parts and joints for the project will be completed during the six days of the class. Each student will also prepare a sample leg which will be used to learn and practice several inlay variations, which will later be used on the actual table legs. The actual glue up and completion of the table will be done in your own shop at your own pace. Don’t miss this opportunity to make an heirloom piece under the direction of one of this country’s leading craftsmen. Tuition: $625.00 plus materials

Section 082707A: Monday – Saturday, August 27 – September 1, 9:00am – 4:30pm  (one space just opened up- call today to sign up!)

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11/2/2015

Bob,

All I can say is WOW!  Mike Mascelli is absolutely terrific!  

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5/25/2016

Bob,

I took the weekend woodturning class this weekend with Cory Anderson and just wanted to let you know how fabulous I thought he was.

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