17 comments on “Moving Workshop Table

  1. Hi Paul and crew,
    Very useful project, definitely on my to do list. Just to make you aware the metric measurement of the tabletop length in the drawing is incorrect, it reads 2170mm tho im pretty sure it should be 1270.
    Keep up the great work guys, looking forward to the rest of this project.

      • Doug fir works well with hand tools, but two things to keep in mind. Though the wood is soft, the grain can sometimes be very hard. I have had trouble planing end grain on a shooting board with a few pieces because of that hard grain. That, of course, turns on the orientation of that end grain when you are shooting. Also, Doug Fir can tear like pine when chopping mortises and dovetails so tools need to be sharp.

      • Douglas-fir is beautiful. And, yes, it can work like butter, but a few things to keep in mind with Douglas-fir.

        1. Due to its very long fibers and hard and soft grain (early wood and late wood), it can give really nasty – and long – splinters. For the same reason, it is more subject to tear-out than other woods. So, be mindful of grain direction.

        Two of the nicest grain patterns – vertical and flame grain – can be particularly troublesome for splinters and tear-out.

        2. It bruises. And that bruising can be more than skin deep and not easily taken out with sanding or planing the surface.

        You might not notice the bruising until you put a finish on it, and then will wonder why it looks blotchy.

        So, careful if/when you strike it with anything. This would not be the best wood for Paul’s favorite use of his mallet.

        3. It gets hard and brittle with age.

        This can make it easily fracture if you are disassembling and reassembling something or trying to salvage older pieces, for example, and makes the splintering problem worse. If you are using nails, it is highly advisable to drill first.

        4. Pitch pockets

        D-fir commonly has pitch pockets. Use of shellac is HIGHLY recommended to seal in the pitch. Otherwise, it can ooze out for at least a hundred years (seriously).

        5. Darkens with exposure to light.

        Though this may be a desirable feature, it is worth being aware of. Probably not an issue for a project like this, but if you are using it for flooring, for example, area rugs can leave geometric patterns. To my knowledge, unlike cherry, you can’t really ‘pre-condition’ the darkening by simply putting it out int he sun for a day or so.

  2. Hello,
    I noticed that the top rails do not have a full haunch but a slanted one. Can you please explain what is the difference? When do we use one or the other? In general what is the purpose of haunches anyway.

    Thanks for your response.

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