Sellers Home Coffee Table: Episode 5

Coffee Table EP5 KF

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This new episode is the fulfilment of Paul’s idea to introduce a laminated arch to the underside of the long aprons. It is both decorative and functional in that it increases the strength of the tenons around the apron-to-leg joinery and also gives an elegant look to the overall appearance. We think that you will enjoy incorporating this bridging element into work on your table.



  1. Ian Hemphill on 9 June 2021 at 4:56 pm

    I really love the look of the laminated rails agains the fixed rails, Paul. Very lovely. This is a very elegant design, and once again we get to learn some new techniques that can be applied in a variety of ways. I don’t know how you keep coming up with these ‘applied teaching moments’, but I’m very appreciative that you do. Many thanks.

  2. David Selin on 10 June 2021 at 7:50 am

    Did I skip the section where Paul cut the laminations for the bowed rail. I was hoping to see how thin the laminations should be, and if there is a way of producing thin sections without a bandsaw. Many thanks.

  3. YrHenSaer on 10 June 2021 at 8:10 am

    I must admit that I thought along similar lines about cutting the strips, however, to be fair strip-cutting for this sort of lamination has been covered before in other projects.

    As for thin strips, they’re one of those things that can, with time and accurate sawing, be cut by hand, but the whole thing is much, much easier with a band saw.

    Using a band-saw it’s essential, in my opinion, to select a fine-cut blade for this in order to minimise cut marks, ease clean-up and give a more homogeneous appearance when they’re glued together – after all, we’ll be viewing a series of close-up glue-lines.

  4. rotaryw on 10 June 2021 at 11:30 pm

    I like that I have to think with my own brain and move some steps my way.

  5. Harold Smith on 11 June 2021 at 5:01 pm

    Hello from Lockhart TX. I really like the design of the last two pieces that you’ve done. The curved features on the coffee table, created by lamination. are very nice. Is steaming not an option for creating these? Is there a reason, other than convenience, that you don’t do more steaming?

    • Izzy Berger on 28 July 2021 at 10:00 am


      Paul says: Steaming is more troublesome and not really necessary for this type of construction. The glued lamination is better and easier with no steaming chamber needed to complicate what is otherwise very simple.


  6. peter marshall on 14 June 2021 at 4:30 am

    Paul and Team , This table continues to evolve and I have enjoyed seeing the new design variations . The closeup video shots of the cutting of the laminated tenons is very well done ! I spent the afternoon cutting / planing thin strips and trying various trial laminations however my ” thin strip hand saw technique ” needs to improve .

    As a general question , do you have any plans for somehow linking or referencing content of earlier video series that may provide more detailed instructions to techniques that are perhaps not covered in detail in this series ? An example is the leg shaping techniques which is given considerable discussion in the ” How to make a table series ” . No idea how would do this but could be useful for newer members .

    regards , Peter

    • Izzy Berger on 24 June 2021 at 3:08 pm

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you for the suggestion, I have passed this on to the team.


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