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Spinner Table

  • DICTUM Neideralteich, Bavaria (map)

One of my first years teaching in Germany we made small splay-leg tables — a great project, a useful piece, and fun. Whereas I love each of the many examples we have, this is an unusual form in German homes. So I was surprised when they asked me to teach the SPINNER TABLE, another fun little table with an unusual spin out drawer. Something must have changed because I'm going to teach this class twice, in Neideralteich and Munich, and as of right now both are fully booked (but things always shift and there could be space). 

We will use a lot of hand tools to build the table — cutting the tapered legs, fitting the many parts, and smoothing and shaping the top with an interesting edge. We will talk about design, joinery, details, and useful techniques. 

The drawer cut into the front apron has its own challenges. For one the apron is angled to follow the splay of the legs, and the drawer should open horizontally. Its shape is a quarter circle, so we will laminate the curved back and then dovetail it to the drawer front. It will take a good drawing to get this curve right and the pivot point placed so the drawer has sweet action.

One version in Douglas fir, cherry, rosewood and ebony "socks". 

One version in Douglas fir, cherry, rosewood and ebony "socks". 

Earlier Event: September 14
Santa Rosa Woodworkers
Later Event: October 15
Spinner Table (again)