Sofa Table: Episode 5


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Paul chamfers the mortises that take the tenons on the long rail and then cuts the wedges that will help hold it in place. The last step before gluing up is to do a dry run. Once this is done Paul glues up, discussing what to look out for. Don’t forget to check for square!

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  1. Eddy Flynn on 7 May 2014 at 4:35 pm

    glueing up is an art all of its own thanks for taking the time to help us avoid the pifalls

  2. pigiron on 7 May 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Can’t wait to see the contrasting colors on the bottom tenons once planed flat and smoothed. A real pleasure watching you work and check yourself all along the way. Your joints are always perfectly seated, and your dimensions perfectly square. Thanks Paul.

  3. dpaul on 7 May 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Sawing that last little wedge…….man, that’s accurate sawing!

  4. Gary on 7 May 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Great episode as always! Paul, I keep a short metal stool (about 9″/23 mm) such as the ones used to assist hospital patients get into bed under my bench. It has splayed legs to prevent tip over and has a rubber non-slip top, as well as crutch tips on the legs. It really comes in handy when I need a little extra reach and doesn’t take up much room. Can’t wait until next week’s episode!

    • Anonymous on 8 May 2014 at 3:39 am

      I’ve had that happen Gary. It usually is at 26 min 12 seconds. Not sure why. Just press F5 to refresh and you can move the slider to restart at the stalled point.

  5. Sandy on 7 May 2014 at 9:40 pm

    The video ended abruptly and didn’t appear to be to the end. Great video though. It never fails that I learn something with each of these videos even though the process has been shown many times over the other projects. I haven’t started this table yet but my wife is sure excited about getting one soon… I’ll use that as leverage to buy a new tool. :-).

  6. STEVE MASSIE on 7 May 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Paul and crew another great episode, seems like every week I see and learn a couple more things. I have a question though and if it has been asked before I apologize. Paul I notice you use a White PVA glue which I have never seen before perhaps it is available only in the UK ? I never have seen you use or talk about hide glue, is this a type a glue you use sometimes? I use hide glue a lot and like it, I am just curious.

    Keep up the great work and looking forward to many more classes.


    • Brett aka Pheasantww on 7 May 2014 at 10:18 pm

      Steve, Elmer’s Wood Glue is a white PVA you can get at any Big Box. Couple advantages I have found is that it has a longer open time then yellow and it dries clear.

      • STEVE MASSIE on 13 May 2014 at 7:05 pm

        Thanks Brett, I will have to try some Elmer’s Glue, for what ever reason in all my years I have never used it. I do like my hide glue but want to try Elmer’s.


  7. Charles Hart on 8 May 2014 at 7:46 am

    I think I’m beginning to be like Pavlov’s trained dog. I automatically start a smile when the intro music starts. It’s like seeing an old friend after a long separation Good stuff again

  8. bobeaston on 9 May 2014 at 10:40 am

    I don’t recall seeing the following during previous projects. On this one, I see a lot of pencil lines remaining. It seems to me they are easier to remove before assembly. So, the question… How do you remove them? (A magic potion would be a good answer.)

    Thanks once again for reinforcing a methodical, accurate approach.

    • Brett aka Pheasantww on 9 May 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Bob, A couple things you can do to remove pencil marks:
      1) Pencil eraser
      2) Sand them off
      3) Acetone solvent

      • bobeaston on 9 May 2014 at 2:13 pm

        Thanks Brett,
        I use all of those, with alcohol as a safer alternative to acetone. Yet, I use them BEFORE assembly. The question is about how it’s most easily done AFTER assembly.

  9. YrHenSaer on 11 May 2014 at 11:04 pm


    It’s great that your diagonals worked out at exactly 930 mm after gluing up.

    But you mentioned that if they were not true, there is a method of curing the racking to get a truly square table.

    What is that method?


  10. Michael Ostrander on 23 September 2017 at 4:26 am

    I really so no advantage to gluing everything at once. Seems as if it made the glue up exponentially harder than it needed to be. I’ve done a lot of similar projects and would always glue the end panels and then connect them with the long aprons and stretchers. Much easier to fit joints and keep everything square. Maybe this had more to do with video production efficiency than actual best practice.

    Wonderful work though. I am amazed at the quality and speed of your saw work. Truley a high standard to achieve.

  11. Bryan Barrick on 15 December 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Would love to see this with 2 or 3 drawers .How would you do the center supports and drawer guides?

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