The design of a small table with a top consisting of a center area flanked by two drop leaves is known as a Pembroke table. Ever wonder why the table is called Pembroke, and why the word Pembroke is always capitalized? It’s because it’s an English title – the Earl of Pembroke, who it is believed, first commissioned this design.
Pembroke tables hail from the Federal period in the United States; usually recognized as the years 1780 – 1830. These tables can have rectangular tops or oval tops, can be highly decorated with inlay or be decoration free, and are found (or built) with a single drawer or two drawers. More sophisticated Pembroke tables, such as the project table, include ends that swell or bow.
In this online course furniture maker Glen Huey uses short videos to walk you step-by-step through building a Pembroke table. It’s more than an overview; at the bench, you see all the details.
During the first portion of the course, you discover the steps need to build your table, including two methods to taper legs, how to construct period-like fly aprons with knuckle joints, and a simple technique to produce rule joints using your router table – no specialty router bits required.
In the second portion of the course, you learn the processes, tips and tricks to inlay the project to replicate the decorations selected by the author. Stringing and cuff banding, bookend panels, and edge-banding are demonstrated. Plus, you’ll discover a simple way to edge band and inlay your top using a variety of guide bushings and accessories.
A downloadable Plan Packet (complete with front, side and exploded views, patterns and cut list) and a PDF of Step Photos with Captions are found within the lessons.