Coffee Table: Episode 4

Coffee Table Episode 4

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Paul showed how to cut mortises last week. This week it’s tenons! First though he shows how to shape the leg according to the template that. Paul shows one way to cut tenons. However, we will be showing many alternative methods in later episodes.

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  1. Ken on 20 March 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Nice job guys, thanks for this one

  2. Armand Verstappen on 21 March 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks, looking forward to the experience of working with oak, having only worked with pine so far.

  3. Simon on 22 March 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Ken, are you going for the record to be the person who has commented the first the most times! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Another great Video Paul ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. david o'sullivan on 24 March 2013 at 1:24 am

    just realised the importance of having a square “square”

  5. Drysavy on 25 March 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Spend my spare time shaping the legs this weekend and was all excited when late Saturday night I laid everything out and noticed that one of my four legs did not look the same as the others. instead of shaping the taper on the inside of all the legs I tapered the outside of one…NUTS!!!!!!!!!!
    I guess I get more practice on cutting mortises now. ๐Ÿ™‚ For those of you who do not want more practice, make sure you lay out your template properly and check twice.
    Happy building

  6. smfield on 14 June 2013 at 6:57 pm

    More historical context please. Thanks for this great and inexpensive source material.

  7. Gary on 8 April 2014 at 8:17 am

    As always, well done!

  8. Rocky Ralifo on 19 May 2016 at 3:50 am

    hi there,

    when i’m using the hand plane to finish the curves on my coffee table leg do i start from the front (lower end of the curve) and then move backwards on the curve or is it vice versa?


    • Philip Adams on 25 May 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Hello Rocky,
      This depends on the grain direction, which you will have to establish to do the chisel cuts. For more information on that see the videos on stock preparation.
      Best, Phil

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