Pier Table Class

By Friday afternoon some of the guys in for our class had packed it in. A few were still hard at it, and one left Thursday after a lunch at Dewey’s (a regional pizza joint) and ice cream at Graeter’s. (If you don’t know Graeter’s, find it and give it a try.)

None of the pier tables were fully assembled because most of them had more inlay work needed, including the small bits of banding around the legs that align with the bottom edge of the aprons. Plus, projects are easier to take home when they’re in parts.

In the last post I said that I’d get the mugs of the remaining class participants online before the class was over. I’m a little late, but here goes.


Jeff Thompson (above) has taken classes with both Chuck and me in the past. That makes him a glutton for punishment, I guess. He’s an excellent craftsman, so if you’re looking for a period reproduction furniture guy in California (near Salinas), give him a call. He spent some of the day creating a box to ship home his table. He has plenty of Sapele in his home shop, so he shipped the table without its top.

Frank Pelsor working on the front apron of his table. A contrasting tiger maple center panel is flanked by sapele panels, and separated with strips of wenge.

Frank Pelsor (at left) was in for the class. Frank’s one of those woodworkers who is in to learn procedure, and once you turn him loose his work is clean and right on. His only flaw appears to be his lack of good judgement – Frank joined us for two 2016 classes, and registered for two more for 2017, one prior to the class and a second during the week-long get together.

Another guy in for the class was Mark Firley, who is also a repeat offender in a 360 Woodworking class. Many of you know about Mark. He’s the guy who blogs about furniture found in antique stores, malls and plain old junk shops. He knows about shops around the country and abroad – if you’re looking for an example of anything furniture related, spend a few hours, days or maybe weeks on his blog (The Furniture Record) and my bet is that you’ll find it.

Funny thing is that in the photo below, you’ll not find Mark. He, after being in the area for the Crucible Tool Launch Party and Woodworking in America, stayed over to take the class. Missing home – or did he have a lead on an antique mecca yet discovered by the rest of the world – he headed off toward home early. His table was in great shape, and could be easily finished at home. I think he’ll put it next to the other class projects waiting patiently for completion.


— Glen D. Huey

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  1. The class looks very interesting. Sorry I was not able to attend.

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