496 Bedside Tables Pt 2

November 17, 2012

Welcome back to part 2 of the Bedside Table Build. We again have some wide panels that will make up the sides of the tables and they need to be milled and glued up.

Glued up stock for the legs…

But rather than tackling the task by “going ALL hand plane” on the wide boards like last week I decided to mix it up a little and use both hand planes AND power tools. In other words, living up to my claim to be a “hybrid woodworker”.

The task is a pretty simple one. It’s a matter of knocking down the high spots of the concave side of the board with my Jack plane until it lays flat and doesn’t rock. Then it’s over to the thickness planer to do the rest of the work.

Typically it takes more time to run it through the thickness planer than to knock down those high spots, but of course the board I chose for the video was the only one of the 8 pieces that decided to be difficult and took much longer than the others.

The other tasks we complete in this episode are gluing up these wide panels, including a quick touch up of the edges with my Edge Trimming Plane and then prepping the stock that will become the legs for each table.

In the next episode, we’ll start working on the joinery and begin to assemble the entire project from that point forward.

Items featured in today’s show:
Rockler Silicone 3-piece glue application kit
SawStop 1.75HP Professional Cabinet Saw
Veritas Edge Trim Plane

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  1. Wilbur says:

    Hi Matt,

    I’m really enjoying this series of videos. I had one question about your panel glue ups in this video and the first one. It looks like you put down a scrap piece of plywood on your table saw which gives you a flat surface to reference one side of the panel as you glue it up. After you’re done with the glue up, what do you do with the glue that has leaked onto your scrap plywood? Do you scrape it off, or do you chuck the plywood and get a new piece for the next glue up?


    • Matt says:

      I do both, depending on whether I forget to scrap it off or not LOL. For this particular scrap of plywood I’ve managed to somehow keep it relatively clean of glue clumps. Another idea that was mentioned was to take some butcher block paper and throw that over the table top for glue ups. I have some laying around but I hate when it curls up, guess I need to grab some paperweights for my glue ups???

  2. Alex says:

    Hmmmm, interesting saw stop embroidered woobie! Haha! Good work Matt, digging your multiple camera angles, getting all fancy schmancy on it!

    • Matt says:

      I didn’t think anyone notice either of those details LOL! Original woobie is slightly feeling off-put (pun intended) but now it just means he has a chance to relax.

      More various camera angles for upcoming scenes is on the way. I love being able to give more detail to get my point across.

      Thanks for watching!

  3. Mike C aka Friscomike says:

    Howdy Matt,

    I was reviewing this build last night and noticed you ripped the glued up top and bottoms on the bandsaw. I am curious why you used the bandsaw instead of a tablesaw.


    • Matt says:

      When it comes to ripping rough boards, I prefer the bandsaw simply because it’s safer. Why is it safer? With a rough board it’s possible that during the cut on a table saw I could apply pressure in a spot that would cause the material to bind against the blade and cause kickback.

      With the band saw the chances of that happening are so low I don’t even think about it. The band saw blade makes quick work of the cut, removes less material and does a good job all around.

      Hope that answers your question.

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