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Build a Chapin Round Tea Table with Will Neptune

1983 114_0Tripod Tea Tables were popular in the 18th century because of their “bird-cage’ wooden mechanism. This allows the top to be displayed while tipped up and saving space.  When in use, serving tea, cups could be filled and rotated towards guests seated around the table. In the 18th century Connecticut, some of the best furniture was built by makers from the Chapin family. The project for this class is based on a large Cherry Table in this Chapin Style.

For a woodworker, this project has several interesting features.  You will learn how to cut and fit the housed dovetails joining the legs to the column. Sculptural shaping of the ‘snake feet’ will be taught using a systematic approach to achieve the naturalistic curves of the legs. Last, you will learn how to make the large round top with either a simple molded edge or a dished top, without access to a very large lathe.  The turned central column will not be done in class. If you are a competent woodturner and want to do the turning your self before class we can supply you with the pattern, otherwise the columns will be turned by a woodturner we have used several times in the past.

This class is also a part of a unique restoration project we are working on in conjunction with the Windsor Historical Society. For more information on this see Be a part of Living History.

Tuition $895.00 plus materials

Section 031613A: Saturday & Sunday,

 March 16/17, April 13/14, May 18/19 & June 1 & 2

This class was originally scheduled to beginning Feb 16

 9:30am - 5:00pm


Image used with the permission of

the Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT


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