1. Was the finished table rocking because the work bench it was placed on wasn’t flat? If the coffee table slightly twisted to make the legs not sit flat, how would you fix that? Thanks for this series, can’t wait for the next project!

    1. Shim the offending leg on a flat surface, and scribe all the legs with a pair of dividers. One tip on the floor and one on the leg. Then saw the legs off at the scribe mark.

  2. Thank You Paul, Joseph and of course the Mrs. for allowing us to see how your table works in your beautiful home.

    This was a fantastic series and so looking forward to the next projects.


    1. Like Mike above, I feel a great sense of friendship in these videos, especially the ones that impart a portion of Paul’s personal life. It truly is an honor to be a part of this learning / teaching process. Thank you all so much!

  3. If it Paul says the Shellac he used was Zinsser, I bet it was Zinsser Bull’seye Sealcoat. As far as I know you have to be careful with Zinsser because only their product labeled ‘Sealcoat’ is the de-waxed variety of shellac that Paul rightly specifies. Most sources I’ve read claim that Zinsser ‘Sealcoat’ is a 2lb cut. Cheers.

  4. Nice … I noticed as you where carrying you Coffee Table out of the Penrhyn Castle shop the saws hanging on the wall . Looks like a useful project would be a proper saw till with a drawer for files and saw set . Cheers and thank for all..


  5. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative series! I can’t wait to start on one for my home. You guys did a wonderful job. And Paul: it was nice to have the opportunity to see your lovely home. Best wishes to you and the entire crew!

  6. Paul:
    Did you ever once think when you began your apprenticeship all those years ago that you would one day walk out of a castle with a beautiful oak coffee (tea) table to bring home to your beautiful wife and have the whole world watching? Thank you very much once again for sharing your God given talent with us.

    God bless
    Ronnie J. Berthelot, Baton Rouge, Louisiana May 25, 2014 at 10:45 pm cst.

  7. There is a warmth in Paul that I appreciate. Now I feel like I’ve been invited into his home and met his wife and I appreciate that too. Could I have a coffee rather than a tea? Thanks for all you do and for what you are!


  8. Fantastic series. I really loved watching all the tiny details that require much patience. The ending where the coffee table was brought into the house and used was especially great and touching. Thanks!

  9. Paul, I loved the ending of this series. Great work and even greater is your appreciation of your gift. It’s fair to say you earned your talent and it’s a honour to say thank you to you and your team. I’m looking forward to the shaker dresser.

  10. I just completed a simplified version of this coffee table . At the mid part of this episode15 Paul notes ” The table top cupped a bit but no worries I will simply clamp it in place ” . The same thing happened to me and I calmly clamped the top in place and attached the buttons . I would never have been as well prepared for that hiccup if Paul had not so openly shared the challenges he faces and steps to overcome them . Much appreciated .

  11. Question- when Paul installs the turn buttons to secure the tabletop to the base, he doesn’t leave a gap between the end of the turn button and the bottom of the mortise in the apron. If the tabletop contracted there is no space for movement. Doesn’t this defeat the purpose of the turn button allowing for movement?

    1. I asked Paul and his reply was:
      No, the reason is it unlikely to more one it is acclimatised to its environment. There’s enough slack in the holes and the screw itself and flex there in. I have never seen a table top distort using turn buttons and the main reason for any distortion is using poorly seasoned wood.

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