The Demilune Table

Presented by Garrett Hack

Of all the many table shapes, the elliptical ‘Demilune Table’ is one of the most elegant and appealing. It defies trends with its timeless beauty! It is personally one of my all time favourites! During this 6 day course, we will build a petite and very classy table rich with decorative possibilities.

We will start the class by looking at the many aspects of its design, the joinery and a logical construction sequence. To produce the delicate but very strong curved apron, we will cut laminations and laminate the apron around a bending form. The square tapered legs are roughed out on the bandsaw and shaped with a hand plane.

For the joinery, we will be using angled mortise and tenons for the real legs and bridal joints for the front legs. There will be an emphasis on hand planes to size parts and cut finished surfaces. We will also be using a variety of other hand tools to accurately lay out and fit all the joints.

The other aspects we will be covering are shaping the top to a smooth curve and undercutting this curve with a wide bevel. We will also explore decorative details such as cockbeads along the aprons and string inlays, cuffs and panels for the legs.

The timber of choice will be American Walnut or Huon with decorative details being made with timbers such as Ebony, Ancient Redgum, Holly, Beefwood, Gidgee and Bloodwood to name but a few!

This class is open to students of all levels, however some experience in woodworking would be advantageous. This is a very intensive 6 day course and you can anticipate a few late nights! As with our other intensive 1 week courses, on the last day, we will enjoy a feast from one of our great local restaurants.

By the end of this class, you will have completed a timeless piece of furniture known as the Demilune Table.

Garrett Hack

Alastair Boell

$1680 (Inclusive of GST)
All materials included

DEPOSITS - A $400 non refundable deposit will be required when registering for this Master Class.

9:00am to 6:00pm
Sat 2nd November to Thur 7th November

Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.
79b Lexton rd. Box Hill North.

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About the Instructor

Garrett Hack is a Fine Woodworking contributor, teacher, and professional furniture maker in the USA. He is best known for his modern interpretations of Federal-style furniture. Hand tools are integral to Garrett’s work. He is the author of The ‘Handplane Book’ and ‘Classic Hand Tools’ (Taunton Press – 1997 & 1999).

Garrett Hack spends much of his time travelling the USA, Canada, England, Germany, Italy and Japan teaching at woodworking schools. He is looking forward immensely to working at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking here in Melbourne, Australia!

Hack is known to push design boundaries, and much of his latest work plays with asymmetrical forms and rich materials, such as gold, ivory, and burls. He is also a past chairman of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association, one of the leading professional furniture-making groups in the country. When Hack is not in the shop or on the road, he is on his farm in Vermont, tending to his family garden, orchard, Belgian workhorse (Jazz), three cows, and small flock of chickens.

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