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In this video workshop, Timothy Rousseau offers detailed instruction on a variety of woodworking techniques, including pattern routing, creating a floating tabletop, and an ingenious method for tapering curved legs with a thickness planer.
Timothy Rousseau got his start as a furniture maker at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. He completed the school’s 12-week program in 1998, and stayed on as workshop assistant, and then artist in residence. Next he polished his furniture skills in Hoboken, N.J., where he got to work in a highly-regarded cooperative and learned from some of the best professionals around. He returned to the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 2002 and worked as the school’s resident instructor. Today he builds furniture full-time and leads two of the school’s 12-week programs each year, teaching case construction among other things.
Produced by: Ed Pirnik; Video by: Gary Junken; Editing by: Mike Dobsevage
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June 19, 2012
Get an overview of furniture maker Timothy Rousseau's latest Video Workshop project, an Asian-Inspired Hall Table built of beautiful quartersawn walnut.
Begin the leg shaping process by creating a leg pattern and using it to construct a patterning sled for the router table that yields consistent tapers for all four legs.
Learn how to cut mortises with a plunge router and templates. Then watch as Timothy Rousseau adds the final taper to his hall table’s legs with an ingenious sled for…
In this episode, learn how to accurate tenons quickly at the router table. Then watch Rousseau's technique using spacer blocks to cut perfectly aligned double mortise and tenon joints.
With ther joinery for the hall table's aprons and under-rails largely cut and fit, Tim Rousseau demonstrates techniques for adding beautiful curves with a combination of power and hand tools.
Learn how to craft tight-fitting housed-mortise-and-tenon joints as Timothy Rousseau tackles his hall table's lower rails.
Learn how to precisely fit the hall table’s shelf to it’s housed through mortise. Then, tackle final fairing of all the table components with traditional hand tools before glue-up.
Wrap up construction of the Asian-Inspired Hall Table by shaping the tabletop. You'll learn how to add graceful curves with a bandsaw and a block plane, and how to tackle…
Learn how to pop the beautiful grain in quartersawn walnut with a safe, low VOC finish that wipes on easy and provides plenty of protection.
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