Build a Shaker End Table
- Designation: 5-Night Course.
- Time: 6 pm to 9 pm.
- Dates: October 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th & 22nd.
- Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
- Materials: Included.
- Pre-Requisite: None.
The Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky was home to 500 individuals that made up America’s largest and best-known communal society. " The Shakers chose a peaceful way of life. They were celibate, believed in equality of race and sex, and freedom from prejudice. A quest for simplicity and perfection is reflected in their fine designs and craftsmanship, and today the term Shaker-made is synonymous with excellence around the world." - https://shakervillageky.org/history-and-restoration/
Keeping in line with the Shaker philosophy we have adapted the original "Saturday" Table into a project that anyone can build with no woodworking experience. All parts will be pre-milled and ready for final surface smoothing. You will add an elegant double taper to the inside of each leg and a bevel along the bottom edge of the table top; using nothing more than a hand plane. The aprons will be attached to the legs with simple dowel construction and glue.
- You can choose between Cherry & Walnut for a classic refined piece. We will use Tired & True Varnish Oil to enhance that natural beauty of the wood.
- For a traditional milk paint finish, we recommend choosing poplar since it is medium hardwood that will provide lasting strength.
- Learn the traditional skills of Layout, Marking & Measuring, Hand Planning, Hand Sawing and Hand Drilling.
- Techniques learned will include: Double Tapered Legs, Beveled Table Top, Finishing without sandpaper.
- You will also learn how to apply a proper oil finish or milk paint finish, depending on your choice.
**All students at UW must be 18 years and older to attend.