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Oval Tables EP2 KF

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There are many tricks of the trade packed into this episode, starting with layout and following with joint making; using my mortise guide for both fast layout, then chopping of the mortise holes and laying out the tenons. The leg frames come together quickly, because we have reduced the usual eight mortise and tenon down by half, to just four. With the leg frames made and assembled, we focus on the more complex half housing of the middle of the two rails. The step-by-step instruction shows the layout at an angled position, so that the legs are distanced close to the extreme of the table. This makes the table more stable and less tippy.


  1. joeleonetti on 30 September 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks Paul. In the beginning of this video (ca. 1 min mark), I noticed you were using a different mallet to cut your mortises. Was this one of the mallets you made in the 1960s? Just curious as you have blogged about them as well as in early Master Classes shown how to make them. What kind of wood was it? It had a nice patina to it.

  2. chris54 on 16 October 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Morning here in Australia Paul. So, the angled haunch is to save time? I guess the sides still give enough strength to warrant doing the haunch? As opposed to a full depth standard one?
    Chris B

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