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This is our table-making series. It paves the way for multiple table forms and styles that furniture makers make in the everyday of life. Paul Sellers designed this as a new design specifically for training it incorporates concepts of using Arts and Crafts that are great for teaching woodworking. This Oak Coffee Table has a couple of the Arts and Crafts features which can be used in many furniture pieces including; unique arching and through tenons.
Coffee Table cutting list
|1||2||Short apron||7/8” x 4 7/8” x 18 1/2”|
|2||2||Long apron||7/8” x 4 7/8” x 36”|
|3||4||Leg||2 1/4” x 2 1/4” x 19”|
|4||1||Tabletop||7/8” x 22 1/2” x 40”|
|5||2||Short cross rail||7/8” x 2 3/8” x 21 1/4”|
|6||2||Long shelf rail||7/8” x 2 3/8” x 37 3/8”|
|7||2||Long inset rail||7/8” x 2 3/8” x 22 1/4”|
|8||2||Short inset rail||7/8” x 2 3/8” x 13”|
|9||10-12||Turn Button||7/8” x 1 1/4” x 3”|
All parts from white oak or to preference.
The tools we use to make this project are quite common, minimal and yet essentially fundamental to all joinery types. Most of the tools below are simply part of the set you will need for all dovetailing in the future. The essential element to all joinery is a keen knife edge, an accurate square and sharp chisels.
Combination gauge (or marking gauge and mortise gauge)
Chisels (at least 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″)
Router (hand router that is, you can see how to make a ‘Poor Man’s Router here)
Tape/Ruler (or both)
Jack Plane (optional but recommended if preparing your wood from rough sawn)
Handsaw Tenon saw
Sandpaper (1 x sheet of 120-150 grit & 2 x sheets of 220-250 grit)
1-1½” Natural Bristle Brush
Mortise Jig (we show you how to make it in the first video)
|Wood||All the wood is 7/8″ flat stock except the four legs 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ x 19 we will be using white oak but other woods will work just fine.|
|Finish||Shellac on legs, shellac then varnish on top|