Tricky Tripods

  • 19 Feb 2018
  • 21 Feb 2018
  • 3 sessions
  • 19 Feb 2018, 5:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 20 Feb 2018, 5:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 21 Feb 2018, 5:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • MakerPlace Classroom & Woodshop
  • 3


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Tricky Tripods: Advanced Woodworking; Complex Table Saw and Clamping Techniques

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The Project:

Over three nights, working together, the class will build two Antikea Tricky Tripods©. These beautiful and super-strong tripods can be built of any wood and used singly for round tabletops or in pairs for rectangular or oval tabletops of glass, wood, marble, etc. Students may afterward use the layout, patterns, and jigs created to build one or two tripods for personal use from lumber they supply.* It is recommended that students do so to reinforce what was learned in the course.  

Class Description:

This unique course is a professional level class for woodworkers already familiar with basic table saw and joinery practices.  The purpose of the class is to teach the students the transferable skills of pattern layout, precision angle cutting on the table saw, dowel joinery, complex spline joinery with several lessons in “the art of creative clamping.” The skills learned may be used for an unlimited number of other woodworking projects and will greatly expand the capabilities of the students who master these techniques. Students are encouraged during this collaborative workshop to express their own ideas and suggest alternative methods for accomplishing any of the tasks taught and accomplished, as a part of learning to think like a professional woodworker.

Skills Taught:

How to lay out the geometry and measurements for the parts of the Tricky Tripod.

How to calculate the wood needed for the project from the layout.

How to create patterns from the layout used, to cut the parts for the tripods.

How to create jigs and use the sled for precise, angled, joinery-cuts on the table saw.

How to dowel join angled cuts.

How to build a complex jigs for “airborne” cuts on the table saw to cut and dado the center joint.

How to create a clamping jig for gluing up the center joint.

How to spline join the critical center joint.

Students will also learn about order of operations and pre-sanding of parts as needed.

Short discourses on “thinking like a professional woodworker” will be given throughout.

Dates and Time:

Monday, Feb. 19  through Wednesday, Feb. 21, 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

Course Cost: $225.00

Minimum Number of Students: 1

Maximum Number of Students: 5

Material Cost: None

Tripod Dimensions:

29 ½ inches High, Radius, 10 inches (to fit with a 20 inch diameter circle) These tripods can be used as a pair for rectangular or oval tops with a maximum width of 32 inches and any reasonable length. A tripod may be used singly for round tabletops up to 28 inches in diameter (round wooden tabletops that are bolted to the tripod can larger). By increasing the radius of the tripod, and with appropriate alterations in geometry, the tripods can be used for tables of considerably larger sizes.

*On Monday night we will layout the parts for the Tripods, we will then know the exact amount of wood needed to build one or two tripods and the dimensions of boards normally available from which the Tripods can be built. Student may purchase wood using this information during the day on Tuesday to begin making a Tripod that night. While it will be possible to do some of the cutting of parts during the class, only one clamping jig will be created and will not be available to students during the course. Students should not plan on building a complete Tripod during the course. Please note that the layout, patterns, jigs and tripods built during the class to be the property of Antikea/ Jonathan Walkey. By signing up for this course, the student agrees not to build this tripod in any form for sale through the or websites for a period of 2 years from February 21, 2018.

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