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At the Lie-Nielsen show in our shop in April, 16-year-old Jalen Waggoner (whom you might remember for his Blacker House chair, which was featured in the November 2013 issue as a winner in the PWM Excellence Awards) stopped in, and brought with him his latest project in progress: a Greene & Greene-inspired games table.

As you can see above, the work is now complete – and well worth sharing.

The mostly mahogany piece has a reversible top (with checkerboard/chessboard on one side, and a quartered, bookmatched top on the other), plus two leather-lined drawer for cards and games pieces. The table is a Darrell Peart design (used with his permission), and Darrell kindly answered a long list of questions, said Jalen’s father, Jeff Waggoner. The table was finished during a two-day finishing class with Dale Bernard. Jeff also mentioned how inspiring it is to see such accomplished and renowned professional craftsmen interacting with a young woodworker.

For a gallery of step photos (courtesy of Jeff), see below.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

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  • Shawn Nichols

    Jalen and Jeff, great work. It’s good to see families doing stuff together. Very inspirational both as a young dad and as an aspiring craftsman. Thank you.

    One quick question, what was the putty/drywall compound/mastic step used for? I’m not following.


  • gumpbelly

    Just warms my heart to see that woodworking is alive, and well. Jalen may be our next Ambassador to bring it to the masses, Narmon II. I kind of like “In the workshop with Jalen” as his TV show title. 🙂

    I also like that PWW sees real, every day people as woodworkers with talent too, and showcases them on a regular basis.

    Kudos x 2.

  • mysticcarver

    Amazing work there young man! Absolutely Stunning craftsmanship!

  • Kevin

    That’s a lot of beautiful work there. Really wish he was wearing safety gear when he was working those power tools though. You see it in some shots and not in others.

  • pmac

    Zoo-Wee Mama!

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