Build an Arched Aurora End Table with Darrell Peart

Class Details

Duration: Six days
Class Size: Maximum of four or five students (see note on main class page)
Tuition: $850
Materials: $290
Deposit: $400

Class Dates
March 12th – 17th  Full

Class Description

Small tables are a great way to learn and explore new woodworking techniques and details. This small table is no exception to that rule.   Your woodworking bag of tricks will be bulging with numerous new items, not the least of which will be several classic Greene & Greene design elements.

The design is an original by Darrell Peart  and  is heavily influenced by Greene & Greene, but embraces other influences as well.  The six-day course will be filled with discussions (and related tangents as well) on three of Darrell’s favorite subjects: woodworking, Greene & Greene, and furniture design.

This class would serve as good preparation for the Fremont Nightstand class. Many of the techniques and skills learned here would apply to that class.

Some of the Items covered will be:

  • Greene & Greene Details
    • G&G style bread board end
    • Proud ebony spline
    • Cloud lifts
    • Ebony plugs
    • Proud “pillowed” fingers
    • Waterfall legs
  • Krenov style “Block & Dowel Pull
  • Fitting of an irregular shaped drawer
  • Drawer construction
  • Hanging drawers on wooden runners
  • finger joints

Suggested Tools

  • Measuring and layout tools
  • Small hand plane
  • Sharp chisels
  • Steel hammer
  • 3/16” – ¼” – 3/8” lee valley square punches, or hollow chisels from mortise
    • Related twist drill bit for above punches. Bits should be 3/64” under the size of the punch. 3/16” and ¼” standard twist bits are too short for the punches – it is recommended to get longer “aircraft” bit and shorten them.
  • Small plastic headed mallet – ¾” to 1” head preferable (Thor  brand is Darrell’s favorite )
  • saddle square or  small square (3” or so)
  • any additional tools you are comfortable with and normally use
  • Besides bringing a notebook, feel free to bring along a camera to make a visual record of the jigs and setups that you use in class

Open  enrollment begins October 23rd  (October 20th for prior students)

Conttact Darrell to enroll in this class or be put on a waiting list. You may also call Darrell directly at (425) 277-4070 between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:00 pm (Pacific Time).


  • Prior Students

    If you have previously taken one of Darrell’s classes…

  • At the Open House

    (and for feedback respondents)

  • Open Registration


From a Darrell Peart Class

Darrell teaches from his experience. In the beginning—before he made it on his own—Darrell worked two jobs: primarily as an employee in various high end custom contract shops, and then in his off hours, he built made-to-order studio furniture in his own shop. His methods and materials used reflect both these experiences.

In one of Darrell’s classes, you might employ traditional joinery machined with a router and a CNC-made jig. His drawers are, by default, hung on waxed wooden runners (shop made), but if the drawer calls for full extension or heavy files, European metal slides will be employed.

Much of his construction is of solid wood, but if a veneer will do the job better, he has no aversion to its use.

Darrell practices what he calls “Precision Woodworking.” This starts with CAD-produced drawings and relies upon precise measurements using dial indicators and Vernier calipers.

Chisels and card scrapers are used, along with a lot of hand shaping and sanding, to achieve the Greene & Greene elements. Hand planes are used infrequently.

Darrell’s class sizes are limited to four students. This makes for a more relaxed atmosphere, but also allows Darrell to spend more time with each student. Time permitting, excursions can be taken to talk about furniture design or the different processes Darrell uses—neither topics takes much coaxing for Darrell to get started.

We hope your experience in one of Darrell’s home shop classes will be unique. You can expect a more relaxed and freer flow of knowledge and more one-on-one attention as well. There is one thing you can expect much less of, though: waiting times on tools and machines.

Hope to see you there!


Enrolling, Paying, Cancelling & Accommodations


For “away classes,” contact the school where the class will be held.

To enroll in a Seattle class, or to be put on the waiting list, please Contact Darrell and he will get back to you quickly. You may also call Darrell between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm (Pacific Time) at (425) 277-4070. Please leave a message. When sending a message via the contact form, please include your phone number and address.


For a deposit, Darrell does not accept credit cards at this time—sorry! Personal checks can be sent to:

Darrell Peart Furnituremaker
9824 30th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98126


Darrell likes to keep his classes small. To make this work, most classes must be full. Although there is usually a waiting list, it can sometimes be difficult to arrange travel, accommodations, and schedule vacation on short notice. For this reason, full refunds are available up until six weeks prior to the class date. After that, a refund only will only be provided if the vacated spot is filled.

Darrell’s Unique Designs

All project classes feature designs by Darrell. By taking a class, you are granted permission to reproduce a piece for personal use only and not for profit or remuneration.