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End Tables EP1 KF

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This is the exciting start to yet another living room piece, but it’s also a small batch production of three end tables as a bonus. For these tables, Paul halved the number of mortise and tenons generally found in tables by using an alternative design concept. Paul also made them so that they can be square or round–your choice. In this episode, we walk through the layout possibilities, and include a trip from the garage to the living room to discuss the options and for Paul to walk you through his considerations. Paul will show you how to prepare your wood and cut the tapered legs using both hand and bandsaw methods. If you are looking for end tables for just about any room in your house, these might just fit the bill.


  1. deanbecker on 8 December 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Great job guys. Your insite was much appreciated and very well displayed. I really liked the refresher on squaring and trueing. There are times when it is good to just see the basics
    A great start to a series

  2. Hubert Saegmüller on 8 December 2021 at 3:58 pm

    Wonderful! Thank you that you took us along with you.

  3. Paul Rowell on 8 December 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Is anyone else having audio sync issues? I noticed it especially when Paul was talking in the early part of the video but I think it was also happening in the later sections , it is just harder to tell whether the swish of the plane is in sync with the video!

    • Sven-Olof Jansson on 8 December 2021 at 6:26 pm

      Hej Paul,

      Reducing resolution from 2160 to 1080 got sync back for me; perhaps suggesting there a bandwidth issue.

  4. ejvc on 8 December 2021 at 7:55 pm

    What an interesting video – first half a lot of talking, second half none! Beginners will need to watch some other videos to understand what they are seeing, so even though these are not complex tables Paul is using them to teach some more complicated skills: prototyping, working drawings, and so forth. Cool.

    • Katrina Sellers on 9 December 2021 at 8:29 am

      Glad you enjoyed it.

    • Flemming Aaberg on 12 December 2021 at 9:19 am

      Great episode – the decision making aspects will be very useful for beginners. I appreciated the latter part where there was no other sound bar the working of wood. Good chance to absorb and reflect.

  5. wdelliott on 9 December 2021 at 4:59 am

    Your interesting approach to this series meets my needs. You are planning to make the tables fit the room and your use for them in those rooms. I’m looking around my house in a unique way than before. The choice between a square or round top is a more important consideration than I had considered before.

    I appreciate your imaginative approach to teaching about making furniture.

  6. John Simpson on 9 December 2021 at 8:56 am

    In the words of the great man himself “perfect perfect perfect!”

    I really enjoyed the talking through the process and the considerations involved in designing, encouraging not just following from plans.

    And then the footage of stock sizing, I could watch that stuff all day.

    Great video guys.

  7. chris54 on 9 December 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you Paul. That was surprisingly very helpful. I bet there are many of us struggling to see the value of the effort of making mock ups or proto types. Me especially. But starting to get it now. I’ve got a place perfect for the round table with the narrow legs for a large plant in the lounge room. Don’t like the look of the table on its own, but it’s perfect for our front corner window with a large indoor palm.
    Paul please try and convey more of the things you do so naturally that you forgot your doing them, they are so useful to us.
    Things that personal students get stuck on and need your guidance on. EG: You tell us not to let the chisel twist as we cut the mortise. But it took me a while to realise that the edges of the chisel widen the sides of the mortise if chisel twist too much. Common sense really, just like the width of the legs on a table or stool. But we are a bit slow on the up take.
    Thanks again Paul, you really are a talented educator.
    Chris B.

  8. Kent Hansen on 12 December 2021 at 3:38 pm

    At first glance, I thought, “What? End tables with no drawers or shelves?” But in true Paul Sellers fashion, he proves the beauty and function in simplicity! Awesome work. Bring on the second episode!

  9. bpower on 22 December 2021 at 12:59 am

    I’ve been a member for quite a while now and I haven’t commented on anything in a long time. I just wanted to say that watching and listening to the thought process was enlightening. I really enjoyed it. Great job.

  10. Joe Renta on 5 January 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Videography is much improved. Congrats.
    Paul, while I appreciate your skill and teaching style, it helps me to hear your thoughts. I’ve always said I could replicate the Sistine Chapel (with enough paint) but the conceptual piece always escaped my. It’s nice to hear your noodling about on this topic.

  11. Blaise Garant on 6 January 2022 at 10:19 pm

    I really liked seeing your design/préparation process. And I’m not tired at all seeing you prepare your stock, reminds me of whatever step I forget.

    Speaking of which, when you measure your stock to size for thickness, what is your difference threshold from one end to the other?

  12. carlos reyes on 11 February 2022 at 3:15 pm

    What are the dimensions of the jig used in the bandsaw to cut the legs?

    • Katrina Sellers on 22 February 2022 at 11:35 am

      The jig is a negative image (opposite) of the leg measurement shown in the technical drawings and said in the video.

      • JASON ROGERS on 9 April 2022 at 1:58 am

        Would it be possible to get a quick sketch of the negative template for the legs please? I’m going to attempt to make this so I can run it in a table saw.

        • JASON ROGERS on 9 April 2022 at 6:14 pm

          I figured it out and cut them with a table saw using a Jig like Paul’s. Thanks for making me use my brain. I changed the angles due to space as I didn’t want the legs flared As much. I went with 88 degrees.

  13. carlos reyes on 20 February 2022 at 10:40 pm

    Therre is no explanation on how to layout the legs

    • Katrina Sellers on 22 February 2022 at 11:30 am

      Hi Carlos, We felt that between the videos and the technical drawings that there was enough of an explanation of how to make the tables, but it is possible that there is a gap. Which part of the layout of the legs do you feel was not explained?

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