Porringer Top Tea Table

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This video series covers the construction of an 18th century style tea table with cabriole legs and a porringer style top.  We start with some basic design concepts, and then we go from rough lumber right through to the final finish. I have chosen poplar for this project because it is an inexpensive hardwood that is easy to work for beginners. Walnut, cherry or mahogany would be more appropriate.

This is a great project for the intermediate woodworker to use to push their skills a little outside of their comfort zone and step outside the box of straight lines into the world of curves.  Even if 18th century furniture is not your cup of tea, building this piece is a great way to learn all about working with compound curves.

What You’ll Get

  • Detailed project notes with a parts list, suggested tools list, detailed drawings, proportions, and patterns.
  • A Sketchup file of the project.
  • Over 4 hours of detailed video instruction showing you how to build the project.

Topics Covered

  • How to design with simple whole number proportions instead of a ruler
  • How to make a story stick to work off of to avoid measuring mistakes
  • How to make a pattern for a part with compound curves
  • How to make mortise and tenon joints with hand tools
  • How to cut and shape a cabriole leg with a pad foot
  • How to prepare and use hot hide glue to make a rub joint
  • How to hand carve a profiled edge on a table top
  • How to apply aniline dye and shellac for a beautiful finish

Course Features

  • Lessons 10
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 4 Hours 22 Minutes
  • Skill level Intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 20
  • Assessments Yes

I'm a passionate woodworking enthusiast of over 30 years, with an interest in the methods of pre-industrial joiners and cabinetmakers. I'm a furniture maker, teacher, and author, and I share my thoughts and experiences with the goal of educating and inspiring others who are pursuing the craft of traditional woodworking. In addition to writing about and teaching traditional woodworking, I also build commission pieces for customers, and speak at woodworking shows and seminars.


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