Author: Jeff Branch

Montreat Side Table Part 5

I have been doing a little research. As I finalized the design of the web frame I’ll be using in the Montreat Side Table, I wasn’t sure what to call the joinery. The web frame will support the drawer and provide much needed structure to the table. The joinery connecting the two rails and two stiles will be simple, by way of biscuits. But the joinery which will attach the completed web frame to the table will be unusual. The research happened while working on the SketchUp model; adding the the web frame to table joinery. These joints are formed by creating a rabbet on three sides of the web frame and then making a corresponding dado in the side and back aprons. I wondered how these two joint names came to be. For rabbet, my Google search took me to Wikipedia which said the rabbet name comes from the Old French term “rabbat” meaning recess in a wall. Dado’s origin is less clear. Again from Wikipedia (the source of all good information right?), the …

The Montreat Side Table Begins Taking Shape

Firstly, the wife and I have been travelling. We have fallen in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and were there a couple of weeks ago for a full week (this, I believe is our fifth trip to the area). We accomplished some bucket list things like stay at the Pisgah Inn which is right on the Blue Ridge Parkway southwest of Asheville, NC. Then we drove southwest from there and covered parts of the parkway which we have never been on. We made it to Richland Balsam Overlook which is the highest point on the parkway (Mount Mitchell is higher, but I guess it is technically not on the parkway). We were close enough to the Great Smoky Mountains that we thought about just driving all the way to the beginning of the parkway, but were running out of time. So that is a bucket list item for me: to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway from the beginning up to Asheville. We have gone as far north on the parkway as …

Woodworking Plan – Jay Bates’ Krenovian Coffee Table

About a year ago, I was travelling through Starkville, Mississippi for work and met with Jay Bates and Shawn Stone over lunch. My goal was to talk about the world of YouTube videos. Jay had just published the third video documenting the assembly of his Krenov inspired coffee table. During my consumption of buffalo chicken fingers and sweet tea, Jay asks if I would be interested in creating the woodworking plan for his new coffee table. Talks continued by phone and email and now all this time later his woodworking plan is finished (Jay took a long break from his coffee table and only recently finished it). The plan is now live on his website and I am linking to it below. A unique opportunity My woodworking plans almost never feature photos. The lighting in my shop is poor and until just recently, I have not had a good quality camera. I rely almost 100% on SketchUp models for the images in my plans. Jay’s shop is well lit and his video equipment is top …