Occasional Table episode 4


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Now the mortises are cut, it’s time to lay out and cut the tenons on the aprons. The sloping shoulders add extra detail and require accurate work. Paul goes through a couple of techniques for cutting the tenons, including the extra detail of the bare faced tenon as found on one of the original aprons.


  1. Eddy Flynn on 5 November 2014 at 4:52 pm

    invaluable tips thanks for each and every one .

  2. STEVE MASSIE on 5 November 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Paul I am really enjoying this series, learning how to do “hand compound miters etc. They all ways imitated me but you make it look so easy, I think the key factor is take your time and work accurately like you do. I love it.

    I like that style and really want to build a couple and will be looking for some wood to build them. I also like the chisel marking of the parts as well.


  3. mike melendrez on 5 November 2014 at 5:49 pm

    wonderful video as always. I think I have to find some mahogany to build this table. I find it to be so exciting as my accuracy progresses. Thank you to the team for this opportunity

    Mike Melendrez.

  4. Michael Barnes on 5 November 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Accurate from the Latin Accūrātus
    To Care from the Latin Cūre
    I think Paul has mixed the two up abit haha….but it’s the point of being accurate that matters…I’m just nit picking….brilliant video series though…very informative.

  5. Michael Barnes on 5 November 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Accurate …from Latin accūrātus, past participle of accūrāre …to perform with care, from cūra care
    Haha….I’m just nit picking…excellent video series…very informative

  6. Richard Mallard on 5 November 2014 at 10:04 pm

    The forensic aspect of this project sets it apart, and above, a straight “How to make a…”
    It is so interesting to see how the table was made over 100 years ago. Thanks so much for this approach.

    • russ on 6 November 2014 at 2:10 am

      Your right, Richard. The forensic part explained by someone that can explain it is a unique and interesting experience. I didn’t expect to see a woodworker mark his pieces permanently using a stone mason’s method. But being the underside of a table it isn’t a problem.

    • davebulow on 6 November 2014 at 9:35 am

      Yes I really love this project. Thank you for both the teaching and the insight into the past. It’s given me a lot more respect for woodworkers of old – those who did it for a living, this includes my late grandfather, who had a furniture business in Ipswich about 85 years ago.

  7. johnstodden on 6 November 2014 at 5:11 pm

    A long episode and a very useful one. I have a feeling that I will be looking at this one several times!

  8. rackabello on 7 November 2014 at 11:30 am

    This video is another illustration of the virtue of a non flush fitting vice. Imagine assembling/disassembling the joints with a flush fitting vice. Experience does seem to outway the theory of certain workbench gurus.

  9. youngdougie on 22 November 2014 at 10:22 am

    Is it me or have I missed the last video. Where’s the finished table with the top on??

  10. Salko Safic on 25 November 2014 at 8:49 pm

    You need to download episode 5… Only kidding he hasn’t done it yet.

  11. Chris on 28 December 2014 at 9:33 pm

    totally amazed… so simple…. what a craftsman.

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