Build a Round Table
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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INTRODUCTION:

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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.
 

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STEP ONE

Make a Round Tabletop Subscription Required
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 Subscription Required

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STEP TWO

Smooth a Round Edge with a Spokeshave Subscription Required
Learn how to clean up a round tabletop edge with a spokeshave, and apply a chamfer with the router table.

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STEP THREE

Slot Mortise and Tenons on the Bandsaw Subscription Required

Learn how to cut this joint, also known as a bridle joint, in a few simple steps on the bandsaw.

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STEP FOUR

The Complete Mortise and Tenon Joint Subscription Required
Practice cutting this joint with hand and power tools, and learn new tips and techniques for cutting, sizing, and fitting a mortise and tenon.

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STEP FIVE

Cut a Half-Lap Joint Subscription Required
Produce a perfect fit on the tablesaw when preparing the half-lap joinery for this table's stretcher and rail assemblies.

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STEP SIX

No-Stress Glue Up Subscription Required

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.

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STEP SEVEN

Inlaying a Square Peg Subscription Required
Use a mix of hand and power tools to cut the peg mortise and shape the beveled edge once it's installed.

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STEP EIGHT

Installing Glue Blocks Subscription Required

Reinforce the half-lap joinery with glue blocks and take home tips for cutting and installing them precisely.

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STEP NINE

Finishing Walnut Subscription Required

Prepare the surface with planes and a little sanding, and learn best practices for applying a wipe-on varnish.

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STEP TEN

Attach a Tabletop With Screws Subscription Required

Elongated holes allow the wide tabletop to shrink and expand without coming unglued.

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STEP ELEVEN

Level Uneven Table Legs
This smart technique on the tablesaw is the easiest method for leveling uneven table legs.