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Splayed Leg Side Table


July 23rd to 28th, 2024 | 9:00am to 5:00pm

This class is great! You will learn how to make a beautiful table, angled joinery, drawer making and fitting and how to use the Shaper Origin all in one class. Don’t miss out on this one!

  • Material (Cherry) is included
  • Lunch is included on the weekdays

See Details and Tool List Below


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Furniture Type


Skill Level

Intermediate, Advanced

Time Frame

Weekdays – Daytime

Name: Splayed Leg Side Table
Instructor: Matt Kenney
Skill Level: Upper Beginner to Advanced
Prerequisites: None

Format: 6 Day in-person course

Material: Cherry and Milk Paint 


July 23rd to 28th, 2024


Class Description:

A small table with a drawer is always handy in the living or bedroom.This table, with its narrow tapered and splayed legs has a delicate elegance that complements any decor.The drawer is just the right size to store small personal items, a bedtime book, remote control, and electronics like e-readers, tablets, and phones. In this class, you’ll make one for yourself and learn how to make a tapered and splayed leg, cut mortise-and-tenon joinery in angled parts, make and fit a drawer, and glue up a flat, attractive top.The top’s arced underside is cut with a router bit.The same bit is used to make the pull. In addition to learning these techniques, Matt will also explain all the preparation required to do them well, including how to make cauls and jigs that ensure that the angled parts are not problematic when you’re cutting the joints and glue up the table.You’ll also learn two finishing techniques: milk paint and shellac.


Topics and skills covered will include:

This table is made with familiar joinery. Mortise-and-tenon joinery connects the legs and aprons, and the drawer is made with dovetails. However, because the legs are splayed and tapered from top to bottom, the mortise-and-tenon joinery involves parts joined at an angle. In this class, you’ll learn how to cut angled mortise-and-tenon joints in a straightforward fashion that minimizes the chance of mistakes. We will be utilizing the Shaper Origin to assist in some of the table components. Here are some other things you’ll learn as you make the table.

  • How to make a table top from multiple boards so that it’s attractive and remains flat
  • How to taper legs
  • How cauls ensure the base is glued together square and strong
  • How to make and fit a square drawer with an front angled to make the leg’s splay
  • How to make an attractive pull without a lathe
  • How to attach a top to a table so that it remains flat while accommodating the wood’s expansion and contraction
  • How to accent with milk paint
  • How to apply a durable and beautiful finish
  • How to use the Shaper Origin and accessories


What you’ll need:


  • Pencil and paper
  • Combination square
  • Sliding bevel gauge
  • Tape measure
  • 6” and 12” rules
  • Chisels: 3/16” or 1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4” or 1”
  • Safety glasses, hearing protection, dust mask

Optional (If you don’t bring your own you will have to share the school’s limited quantity)

  • Block or smoothing plane
  • Sharpening Supplies
  • Shaper Origin (If you own one)

If you have done some woodworking, and have some tools you think would be useful, feel free to bring them. It does not hurt to bring more than you need.


Austin School of Furniture has the right to cancel this class at anytime if the minimum amount of students is not reached.

See our Refund Policy here

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