This episode concludes by making a batch of occasional tables. We do hope that you will enjoy the metalworking elements in making the anchor brackets that hold the tabletop securely.
In this episode, we prepare the tabletop and take it from the laminated stage through to truing, rounding and beveling the underside of the outer rim.
The finessing of parts as Paul goes is integral to his work, and such patterns alleviate those elements that might otherwise be tedious or even lead to frustration. Planing and truing before and after gluing up sub-components enables us to level adjacent surfaces.
We process three rough-sawn sections of wood, 8″ or so wide, to laminate one of three tabletops. Paul wanted this episode to walk you through exactly what it takes to true up the boards and prepare them using a system of different hand planes.
Paul’s tables are uncomplicated and enjoyable to make, and using the cherry as the wood of choice complements the work all the more. Something happened in this episode and we decided we should leave it in to better illustrate that not all things go to plan.
With all of the wood trued and sized, this episode covers laying out for both mortises and tenons, and then creating them using Paul’s system, with a mortising guide and his hand router plane.
This is the exciting start to yet another living room piece, but it’s also a small batch production of three end tables as a bonus. For these tables, Paul halved the number of mortise and tenons found in general tables by using an alternative design concept.
Here is one of the simplest projects we have designed and made for the Sellers’ Home Living Room collection. Even for those new to woodworking, making one of these is low cost and not so high-demand as other projects. In this series, we take you step by step through every stage of design and construction and the result is a lovely end table for anywhere in your home.