Morley Kitchen Table

Philip Morley

Texas-based customer furniture-maker Philip Morley will show us how he constructs an elegant kitchen table. There's more than meets the eye in this one as the curves and angles show off a thoughtful and organic design. The project can easily be modified to any size you like.

Dimensions are 33”L x 33"W x 30"H

  • 8 lessons
  • 126 min
  • $79.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Intro & Top

    Everything you need to know for a successful table top glueup.

  2. Leg Construction

    A cool trick for making laminated table legs with no visible glue lines.

  3. Mortises

    The angled mortises are cut with a router and a simple jig.

  4. Rails & Tenons

    The rails are cut to size and the tenons are added to the ends.

  5. Shaping

    The rails receive a nice symmetrical curve. The legs are also given an elegant curved profile. 

  6. Assembly & Blending

    The legs and aprons are glued together and the final blending is done to make smooth continuous curves.

  7. Table Top Details

    The top is smoothed and edge profiles are added.

  8. Finishing

    The finish is applied and the final assembly is completed.

What will I receive?

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What will I learn?

  • Constructing a Table Top
  • Splayed Leg Construction
  • Tips & Tricks for Better Curved Legs
  • Angled Haunched Mortises
  • Angled Tenons
  • Curved Rails
  • Blending Curves
  • Assembly Strategy
  • Elegant Edge Profiles
  • Finishing with Conversion Varnish

What will I need?

About Your Instructor:

Philip Morley was born in London, England. After a rough academic start, struggling with dyslexia, he found his true passion in trade school where he studied for four years to become a joiner under the City and Guilds program. Once graduated, Philip worked as joiner doing restoration work on various prestigious historical buildings in central London. After moving to the US, he studied with furniture designer Richard Chillcott in Ruskin, Florida for three years before moving to Texas where he apprenticed with Michael Colca for 7 years. He is now a contributing author to Fine Woodworking Magazine and has been published in Woodworker West and Woodskills Magazine. He has taught at Austin Community College, Marc Adams School of Woodworking and Austin School of Furniture and Design. Phil continues to build one-of-a-kind pieces in his small studio located on his property where he can be close to his family.