Preparing Stock for a Table

Table Stock Prep

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Paul prepares stock for a table starting with rough boards. He goes through the process of selecting suitable timber for the different parts of the table. He then cuts it to size and planes out any irregularity and thicknesses it using the scrub plane to prepare it for the joinery.

The tools you will need are:

  • Square
  • Tape measure
  • Winding sticks
  • Straight edge
  • Chalk line
  • Scrub Plane
  • Smoothing Plane


  1. sidreilley on 15 April 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Makes me tired just watching 🙂 but a lot of good information and techniques here, thanks again Paul.


  2. norm lafond on 15 April 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Does this mean that this is the beginning of a table making project? And we will be preparing our stock as a first step? Just curious where we are going next.

  3. Anonymous on 16 April 2015 at 4:00 am

    I’m learning to love the zen of this kind of prep work. I surprised myself how elated I was joining and squaring some pieces for a dresser. It is such a commitment with an equal payoff. Looking forward to this.

  4. Ed on 16 April 2015 at 2:24 pm

    The dimensions in his drawing won’t pass through the door to my dining room, even with the top removed. I wonder if the base can be made wedged so that it can be taken apart for transportation, or if that wouldn’t be strong enough for a kitchen table?

  5. Christopher on 16 April 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you Paul for doing this video. Not only are there just gobs and gobs of great information but technics and the fact that you can use some of the cracks and imperfections as a focal point. I bought half of a chestnut tree that’s all quatersawn with panels as wide as 20″ and some of them have thei exact same challenges as your boards , so I was glad to see how to deal with them and to see them as a positive instead of a negative and using hand tools to do so. This very well might have been the best learning experience I’ve had since I started woodworking.
    Many thanks for listening,

  6. Claus MĂĽtter on 22 April 2019 at 3:56 pm

    I want to stay logged in. Thanks Claus

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