Occasional Table episode 5


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In this episode Paul lays out and shapes the apron to correspond with the original piece using techniques that the craftsman may well have used. Once all the aprons are ready, it’s time to glue up the base frame of the table using wedges to help apply pressure.


  1. mike melendrez on 26 November 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Wonderful video I love useing stop cuts. Thank you

  2. Anonymous on 26 November 2014 at 5:04 pm

    This particular series makes me look at furniture in a completely different way. When we replaced the box spring of our bed I carefully dismantled the old one to see how they made it, to guess at why they did certain things the way they did. Tool marks, saw cuts, small bevels. It was a real education. Visceral as you say.
    Thanks for the eye opener.

  3. Gareth Martin on 26 November 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I think the table top screw sockets must have been edited out or lost between ep.4 and ep.5. Anyway, I’m really enjoying the recreation of this lovely little table.

  4. Chris Bunney on 26 November 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Another great video Paul. Thanks! However, at the end of episode 4 you say that you will show us how to cut the pockets in the aprons that hold the screws in the next episode – but I did not see that in this video. Did I miss it somewhere? Looking forward to cutting the shapes on my aprons. 🙂

    • caerlynnfibers on 26 November 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Yes it’s true! I think we’re about to become a major group of apron-pocket-addicts. That’s new – I join in !

  5. caerlynnfibers on 26 November 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Wonderful episode, Thanks a lot!

    You said that you would use hide glue for the original table. Hide and bone glue is a fantastic matter to work with. I’m using it as often as I can and especially for my harp making. Will we have the chance to see you use it one of these days? I’m convinced you will surprise us again!

    kind regards


  6. Clembo on 26 November 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Hope this isn’t a dumb question but -what type of clamps did the original craftsman use to help him with his glue up?
    I imagine he didn’t have as much open time with animal hide glue as we do with PVA or access to ally sash clamps.
    BTW also would like Paul to show us all how he made the pocket holes for the top with traditional tools.

  7. Salko Safic on 26 November 2014 at 10:36 pm

    They had metal and wooden clamps I need to make some wooden clamps or cramps however you call them.

    Animal hide glue can set quickly or have long open times.

    You can make an appliance to drill pocket holes you would use a hand brace for that.

  8. dpaul on 26 November 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I’ve come to the point where I don’t even use a saw to cut curves any more. The chisel leaves such a nice finish, and is so fast. Working wood is so much more fun this way.

  9. ejpotter on 27 November 2014 at 3:01 am

    I had the same two questions Clem asked. What would the original craftsman’s clamp technology and process looked like? And what is the technique for making the pocket holes for the screws? I can envision using a bit and brace with some kind of jig, as Salko suggested, but they also look a lot like they could be cut with a gouge as was done for finger pulls on the sliding lid boxes.

  10. STEVE MASSIE on 27 November 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Paul and crew thank you for another great video, this is one table I would like to replicate. I was wondering if I missed the “pocket hole screw section” as well. I love the stop cuts and how you make the chisel “sing” through the wood.


  11. Michael Barnes on 27 November 2014 at 5:16 pm

    For some reason I thought we were shown the pockets for screwing the top on…..unless it was in a different project or I imagined it…..I thought he did it with a gouge…..maybe I just imagined seeing it.

  12. Philip Adams on 18 December 2014 at 10:43 am

    I have now uploaded the updated version of the video with the screw pocket section in, sorry for the confusion.

  13. Jnavarrojr on 22 December 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Did Paul mention what size, sweep gouge to use? I checked the supply list but it didn’t say specifically. Thanks!

  14. humanic on 16 May 2017 at 9:51 pm

    **How to cut the pockets in the aprons**

    Today I realised the missing part of how to make the pockets for screwing the top on in this episode is in the updated version of this video.

    Old file name: occasionaltableep5standard.mp4 (247 Mb)
    New file name: occasionaltableep5.mp4 (282 Mb)


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