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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.
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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.
STEP ONEMake 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
STEP TWOSmooth 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.
STEP THREESlot 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.
STEP FOURThe 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.
STEP FIVECut 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.
STEP SIXNo-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.
STEP SEVENInlaying 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 and installing them precisely.
STEP NINEFinishing Walnut Prepare the surface with planes and a little sanding, and learn best practices for applying a wipe-on varnish.
STEP TENAttach a Tabletop With Screws Elongated holes allow the wide tabletop to shrink and expand without coming unglued.
Now PlayingSTEP ELEVEN
Level Uneven Table Legs This smart technique on the tablesaw is the easiest method for leveling uneven table legs.
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