Coffee Table: Episode 9

Coffee Table Episode 9

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In this episode Paul shows how to lay out the joinery for the magazine shelf. This requires that the main frame of the table be clamped into it’s final position so that the measurements can be taken precisely.

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  1. nick on 24 April 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Very interesting clamping technique. Thank you.

  2. Ken on 24 April 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for this one. Great job guys

  3. STEVE MASSIE on 24 April 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Another great video Guy’s and like mentioned sharing that clamping technique which I found to be interesting.

    I am really enjoying these classes.


  4. Armand Verstappen on 24 April 2013 at 11:17 pm

    The very quiet: “I’m going to take that off… less noise that way”, is going to be so useful for me. That singing noise has irritated me quite a bit, but would never have thought of the possibility to take it off 🙂

    Excellent video, thanks!

  5. rchrismon on 28 August 2013 at 2:13 am

    I am loving these videos. I’ve started course in fine woodworking at the local community college, and the instructor keeps asking me if I would prefer to switch to a more advance course! Of course, as Paul repeatedly points out, what I know in the head isn’t what I know in the body. (BTW, I believe the Chinese (well, some Eastern language) have a word for body knowledge: wrem fa.)

    Anyway, I have a question. At about 13 minutes, where Paul is laying out the mortises on the two end rails, he swaps the two boards end-for-end, because he’s running out of stock to register his square. Is there a reason not to simply flip the square over, so it registers on the same face, but the stock points the other way? To my eye, it seems that would be easier than turning the boards around, realigning them, then place the square on the far side of the boards.



    • Steve Follis on 28 August 2013 at 2:30 am

      I believe it is just a matter of consistency. If you watch, all the pencil lines ar drawn with the right hand on thr right side of the blade, holding the pencil at a consistent angle. Both viewing and drawing remain consistent this way.

      If he did not flip the stock, and only flipped his square, he would be looking and drawing on the left side of the blade.

      With Paul, it seems that every move has a purpose, he makes it fun to watch.

      • rchrismon on 28 August 2013 at 2:40 am

        He certainly does make it fun. I learned somewhere that you can immediately identify a master, he makes it look easy.

  6. rchrismon on 28 August 2013 at 2:39 am

    One other question, given that I have a set of mortising chisels, is there a reason NOT to use them? I think it’s cool that Paul whips these mortises out with a bevel-edge chisel, but wouldn’t a purpose designed tool be even better (for various values of better)?


  7. Paul Sellers on 28 August 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks Steve and Phil. great answers. I would also add that fro deep mortises I tend to use mortise chisels because the extra depth makes leverage a little harder with BE chisels.

  8. creid on 25 January 2015 at 12:04 am

    Paul you make everything look so easy. But i guess everything comes with practice. Thank you you inspire me

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