How to Finish Walnut
Prepare the surface with planes and a little sanding, and learn best practices for applying a wipe-on varnish
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Author, woodworker, and teacher Gary Rogowski, founder and director of the Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, Ore., goes step-by-step through the construction of an elegant round side table. Watch the process on video and download the plan.
Build a Round Table
Download the plan and see the finished table up close to get a sneak peek at what’s to come in this 12-part video workshop.
Make a Round Tabletop
Glue up the panels for the upper and lower tabletop, flatten them with hand tools, and cut out perfect circles on the bandsaw.
Related Video: Perfect Panel Glue-Ups
Smooth a Round Edge with a Spokeshave
Learn how to clean up a round tabletop edge with a spokeshave, and apply a chamfer with the router table.
Slot Mortise and Tenons on the Bandsaw
Learn how to cut this joint, also known as a bridle joint, in a few simple steps on the bandsaw.
The Complete Mortise and Tenon Joint
Practice cutting this joint with hand and power tools, and learn new tips and techniques for cutting, sizing, and fitting a mortise and tenon.
Cut a Half-Lap Joint
Produce a perfect fit on the tablesaw when preparing the half-lap joinery for this table’s stretcher and rail assemblies.
No-Stress Glue Up
The assembly stage of any project will make you sweat unless you’re prepared. Watch how the author assembles this table in multiple stages, and pick up great tips for any project assembly.
Inlaying a Square Peg
Use a mix of hand and power tools to cut the peg mortise and shape the beveled edge once it’s installed.
STEP EIGHTInstalling Glue Blocks Reinforce the half-lap joinery with glue blocks and take home tips for cutting…