5212 Pulaski Ave.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19144
215-849-5174
info@philadelphiafurnitureworkshop.com
Philadelphia Furniture Workshop




Re-sawing a plank

Butterfly key template

Live edge of plank

Bridle joint

Nod to Nakashima


Instructor: Mario Rodriguez
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (day)
Maximum Class Size: 12

The late George Nakashima’s tables can be found in homes, galleries, and museums around the world. His unique designs are unmistakable; often featuring gorgeous book-matched slab tops and highlighted with his signature dovetail or butterfly keys. PFW’s design was inspired by the timeless beauty of George Nakashima’s furniture.

Our coffee table design (approx. 24”w x 44”long x 16” h) employs a flitch sawn, book-matched top of curly maple, accented with 2 dovetail keys, and set on a pair of tapered pillars, connected by a low horizontal beam and joined with a fully housed bridle joint.

The 5 day class will begin with a discussion of flitch sawn wood, providing book-matched boards for the top.  Next, students will explore the outline, color, grain patterns, and arrangement of their boards in order to create the most interesting top to showcase the wood to its best advantage.

Once the top boards are milled and joined, students will carefully inlay a pair of dovetails keys using a router inlay kit and then complete the fit with razor-sharp chisels.   The base is constructed of 8/4 walnut, carefully joined to provide a strong and solid platform for the top.

The construction of this project will be a thorough and thoughtful introduction to important furniture-making skills, involving: wood selection, re-sawing, milling and gluing up, inlays, and complex joinery. The completed coffee table will be a piece for a lifetime; one to be enjoyed for years to come.

Cost: $1,150 (including lunch and materials)
In order to register, please call us at 215-849-5174, or drop us an email and we will forward the registration materials.


    Classes:

  • August 25-29, 2014 - days