1. Hi Boyce,

      Paul is currently on a plane flying to Ohio so I will answer for him.

      None of the table is intentionally quarter-sawn. The distinctive flecks happen whenever the medullary rays are 90-degrees to the surface. It would be surprising if in a project you did not get any quarter-sawn effect (as Paul did) but that was just the way it was. It was not planned.

      I hope this answers your question. In short, no the table will not be made from quarter-sawn wood.

      1. I feel bad now. Joseph answered it already and I hadn’t scrolled far enough down to see it. Sorry, guys. I am sat in McDonald’s outside the airport in Columbus Ohio and just watched the video of this weeks episode. I thought it came out realty nice!

    2. Glad you asked this question, Boyce, because it addresses something. When you use square stock it generally has quarter-sawn aspects resulting in medullary rays to some of the faces. I have not chosen quarter-sawn stock for any of the work even though that would be the best to use. My reason? I want material everyone can get hold of and finding quarter-sawn can be difficult for everyone.

  1. Haha, this video was like de ja vu. I had a project about a year ago that required me to cut a bunch of mortises by hand. I wasn’t confident that I could keep my chisel exactly perpendicular to the surface so I made myself a jig just like Paul made (minus the brass plate). Neat to see that the same idea popped into my head a year ago–I suppose some techniques are self evident if you think it through long enough.

    Excellent video once again. I love the production quality and the clarity of the presentation. Already looking forward to next week’s video.

  2. I am absolutely thrilled about this new project!

    Both the footage quality and the table build itself really looks like a gem.
    Much credit to both Paul and Joseph for making it a possibility for us all to follow and learn 🙂

    My humble regards!

  3. Joseph, from the opening Web page, if I click on the Coffee Table>Go to Project button, then click on the Go to Episode 1 button, Episode 1 of the clock project opens. I had to navigate here using the menu.

  4. Joseph, would it be possible to post a closeup picture of the pine story board that Paul is showing in this video. I can barely make out the marking he points to. Thank you

  5. Paul Perfect, totally enjoyable leaning all the time thank you:
    Away now to do my drawings, write up my notes, build my AutoCAD 2D & 3D Rendered Model with all joinery cut.
    Build a cutting list & price timber from local stockist’s timber white OAK

  6. This is going to be a great project. Not only fun, but I need a coffee table for my cabin… I’ll probably change the overall dimensions because I have a short couch. Now all i need is to run to the wood store!

  7. Great video, guys. I’m loving all the content in all of the builds! So helpful.

    I don’t have easy access to a brass plate (or formica). Would an aluminum plate work? Any reason why it wouldn’t? Scratch factor on the side of the chisel?

  8. Paul,
    Could you elaborate on your placement of the mortise 1/2 inch from the outside edge? If the mortise is 3/8 and it is 1/2 from outside, then that is 7/8, the width of the rail. You want the rail inset some, say 1/4 from outside.

    I’m just needing a little hand-holding on figuring out the placement of the mortise.

  9. Hi Paul/Joseph

    I can’t thank you enough for these videos and learning. I am completely hooked and inspired by it all.

    Do you recommend anywhere in particular in the uk (north west) to purchase hardwoods?
    Pine is obviously readily available in local timber yards but the only hardwood they tend to stock is Sapele or Meranti.



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