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Class: Make a Colonial Ratcheting Table with David Ray Pine (2 Days)




CLASS DESCRIPTION: David Ray Pine will guide you through a fun two day class building this ingenious, yet simple, ratcheting candle stand from the colonial New England period. It is useful not only as a candle stand, but as a plant stand, as a small side table, and will definitely be a conversation piece. Students will not only come away with a nice pine table, but will gain practice in mortising, cutting tenons and cutting/shaping with hand saws, handplanes, a drawknife and a spokeshave.

WAIT LIST: If the class becomes sold out, click here to get added to the wait list. People may cancel, we may add more slots, or we may decide to add another class date.

PAYMENT: If you would like to pay for a class using a different method than online with a credit card, email us here to arrange to pay by check or cash. We don’t accept credit cards over the phone.


Spend two fun days with master furniture maker David Ray Pine as he teaches you how to build this charming and mechanically fascinating ratcheting candle stand. Woodworkers of all skill levels will learn various hand tool skills, including cutting mortise and tenon joints, and cutting & shaping with hand saws, handplanes, a drawknife and a spokeshave.

Ratcheting pine table on a woodworking roubo workbench

This candle stand table is based off of a historical furniture piece from the classic book “Pine Furniture of Early New England,” by Russell H Kettell. However, the design has been simplified for a classroom setting. Here are more photos of the table:

Ratcheting pine table on a woodworking roubo workbench

Ratcheting pine table on a woodworking roubo workbench

Ratcheting pine table on a woodworking roubo workbench

About the Instructor:

David Ray Pine woodworking instructor at the woodandshop traditional woodworking school

David Ray Pine is a full time furniture maker who creates high-end custom-made antique reproduction furniture out of his workshop in Mt. Crawford, Virginia (see the tour here). He also does restoration and conservation work on period antique furniture. His work has been featured in many different publications, including Colonial Homes, Rural Living, The Washington Post, Money Magazine, and Fine Woodworking Magazine (Issues#59, 64,67, 77, 80).  His furniture lives in many locations, from private patron’s homes to the Virginia Governor’s mansion.

Materials Fee:

The materials fee is $40, and is payable to the instructor before or on the day of the class.

How to Get Here & Where to Stay:

The address of the school is 5700 Buffalo River Rd. Earlysville, Virginia 22936 (Google Maps here). The school is convenient to quite a few hotels, stores, and restaurants, and is only 8 minutes from the Charlottesville airport. Many more details are listed on the school’s main page here.

Class Policies, Liability Waiver, & Cancellations:

A PDF document with the full class policies and a liability waiver will be sent in the order confirmation email. All students are required to sign and return this document prior to attending the class. Anyone can cancel a class up to 2 weeks prior to the class for a full refund (minus a $25 fee that covers credit card processing fees and administrative work). Cancellations under two weeks before a class begins will be given a refund (less $25) if we can find someone else to fill the slot. If we have to cancel a class for an unforeseen emergency, inclement weather, or low number of registrations, a full refund will be given to students.

Student Tool Discounts from Lee Valley & Lie-Nielsen:

After you’ve registered for a class, you are eligible for a discount from Lee Valley (Veritas) and Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Lee Valley offers a 15% discount, and a discount form PDF will be available for download in your Wood and Shop dashboard after your purchase. For a 10% discount from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, you need to place a phone order and tell them that you are a registered student at the Wood & Shop Traditional Woodworking School. The discounts aren’t available after the end of the class.

Additional information

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Fri-Sat May 29-30, 2020

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