All posts tagged: Woodworking

How I Made 34 Precision Mortises in White Oak

If you have been a woodworker even for a short period of time, you’ve no doubt come to realize that building furniture has a lot to do with problem solving. I have been in this craft for more than 35 years and I can still make the most boneheaded mistake (as if I were a drop dead beginner). As mistakes happen, problem solving takes place. Solving problems isn’t simply due to mistakes though. For example, achieving a pleasing design or resolving complicated joinery issues require problem solving. Problems can be disappointing or frustrating, but solving them often leads to a big smile. One recent problem involved the numerous slats found in the sides and the back of my side table; specifically how to join the slats to the rest of the table. The only real way for me to do this is with mortise and tenon joinery. But I then had to decide how I would make these joints. The material I’m using is white oak and I have 34 mortises to make. Because the …

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 …

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 …