Sellers Home Dining Table: Episode 5

Dining Table EP5 KF

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The tenons must be mitred to fit inside the mortise to ensure a good length to the tenons and this concludes the fitting of the tenons. The next stage is to prepare the tabletop boards by edge jointing with the bench plane and, Paul walks you through elements that will make the passage easier for you. Gluing up is an all-important step and, to minimise any issues, Paul walks you through the methods he uses that include several tricks of the trade to achieve a successful outcome. Paul kept in the awkward bits to show how he dealt with them. Wood often moves even after you have trued up, because you have released tensions within the wood by the truing process. It’s good to know what to do.

9 Comments

  1. rseelig on 23 February 2022 at 5:49 pm

    I would have thought to use 3 clamps on the bench and 2 on the top-side of the glue-up; is your method preferable?

  2. Keith Walton on 24 February 2022 at 12:56 am

    Right about 38 min mark is where I start sweating usually

  3. Daren Gravlin on 24 February 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Paul or anyone,

    I have some beautiful, wide walnut boards I want to use for this tabletop, but it looks like they are only going to finish out at 3/4″ or even 11/16″. That seems too thin to my eye. Are there any good techniques for making the top appear thicker on the edges? Thanks.

    • Katrina Sellers on 25 February 2022 at 9:51 am

      Paul’s first impression was 3/4″ would be fine but 11/16″ would be a bit thin.

      Paul suggested: Frame it with the same 3/4″ stock on the lengths but with the strips on their ends. Then on the end grain add a breadboard end.

      John, Paul’s apprentice suggested what Paul said but go the whole way around with the frame and mitring the corners. Even though it is more work the advantage of the breadboard end however is that it will stop the ends from movement. The actual breadboards don’t have to be wide 2-2 1/2″ would be fine using the same 3/4″ stock.

  4. Sebastien Rousseau on 1 March 2022 at 1:53 am

    Just my 2 cents about my experience, for a beginner, it could be way less stressful to glue up the table top in 2 steps, first joint 2 adjacent boards together (wait glue cure) and then finally all board together. Glue open time is sometime way shorter than they advertise, specially in dry environment.

  5. tidalwave on 8 March 2022 at 8:36 pm

    I may have missed that info on the way…but why is there the haunch (hopefully spelled correctly)? Why not just the tenon? Any structural reason, more strength maybe? thanks!

    • Paul Rowell on 10 March 2022 at 7:33 am

      The haunch does indeed give increased structural strength, extra width whilst maintaining sufficient wood on all four sides of the tenon.

    • Katrina Sellers on 15 March 2022 at 3:14 pm

      It encases the tenon and just trimming the two long shoulders instead of the two end ones makes the task easier.

  6. Flemming Aaberg on 10 March 2022 at 9:20 am

    The explanation/demonstration of edge preparation from 13:00 to 19:00 is excellent for beginners to understand just how much to fuss (or not) when edge joining boards. I also liked the earlier part where Paul reverses the plane and pulls it instead – good to see it cropping up every so often so the that this very useful technique is not lost.

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