Coffee Table: Episode 6

Episode 6

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More mortise and tenon! This project was designed so that you could achieve full mastery of the different kinds of mortise and tenon joint. This episode covers the through tenon. Paul shows how to carefully fit it and also how to round over the protruding tenon.

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  1. George Bridgeman on 3 April 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Great video guys.

    One thing I did when I used the router plane to form the long tenons for my workbench was to put another piece of timber, the same thickness as the piece with the tenon, at the other end of the tenon, then use it to support the opposite end of the router. It balances the router and gives it a good solid foundation.


  2. Ken on 3 April 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Once again great job guys. Many thanks

  3. Michael van Zadelhoff on 3 April 2013 at 7:50 pm

    This is again a really helpful episode because you show us how to fit such a tenon with trial and error perfectly. I had to do the same when building the workbench where it took me at least an hour to get just one tenon sort of right. Many thanks.

  4. david o'sullivan on 3 April 2013 at 9:47 pm

    it pays to be patient with tenons .i made this mistake with the bench when found it very disappointing to realize i had over done the pairing and ended up with a sloppy fit.

  5. STEVE MASSIE on 3 April 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Another outstanding Video Guy’s, I am learning so much and I love the way Paul makes the chisels and #4 plane sing. Great job !


  6. Anonymous on 4 April 2013 at 5:30 am

    I see patience is a good woodworking skill to develop.

  7. Gary Hodgin on 4 April 2013 at 7:54 am

    Another great job! Thanks

  8. VMV on 4 April 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I truly enjoyed watching all the effort it took to get that tenon to fit correctly. While it’s inspiring to see Paul getting a perfect fit (perfect cut, perfect square, perfect eyeball to center, etc.) on the first try, I can relate much more to that long back and forth trying different tools and techniques.

    • Josh Frey on 4 April 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Victor, I couldn’t agree more. You often hear people expound on the benefits of patience in woodworking, but rarely ever see it demonstrated. In every other video I have ever seen they would normally just edit out the bulk of the work fitting the tenon. I applaud the fact that Paul decided to include the tenon fitting in its entirety as it is a much better representation of what it is to be a woodworker.
      Great job guys!

  9. kelly on 9 April 2013 at 1:39 am


    Seeing the way you troubleshoot the joint and make it fit properly is very helpful. Very good episode.


  10. Josh Frey on 9 April 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Is there a time frame that we should operate within in regards to how soon we should get to the glue up phase once we have our stock milled to final dimension? I am wondering if we should only mill up one section at a time to minimize wood movement.

    • Paul Sellers on 10 April 2013 at 7:49 am

      It is a good idea to prep wood as you need because of that but it can also depend on where you are keeping your wood, what kind of wood you are using, and what the atmosphere around where you live is like. In the castle we have perfect climate control because of the castle contents and the structural aspects of the building. My wood, once it moves if it does, stays the same. That’s not the same in my garage workshop. I think it is a good idea to cut sa you need as joints do constrain in some measure and it’s a lot easier to make joints with flat and true stock.

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