Weekend Course

It’s been a busy extended weekend at Dovetail, with Adam engaged in making the small English Oak table.

After taking a little time to look at various woodworking tools and the process of sharpening, we began with planing straight and square (jointing) the three pieces that make up the top, before drilling for the dowels and finally gluing and cramping together with sash cramps.


Then it was on to the legs and rails. Having marked out all the components, we covered the various methods of ‘chopping’ a mortice, including by hand with a chisel and mallet; but then we moved over to the ‘morticer’ to let machinery take the strain and speed things up.


After a discussion on the various types of timber, it’s physical make up and the way to work with it, we moved onto shaping the rails by hand with a coping saw and spokeshave, before cutting a halving joint where the rails cross over in the middle.


Following careful sanding and cleaning up of all the separate legs and rails it was time for assembly. Making sure to wipe off any surplus glue.


And finally; sealing, waxing, buffing and fixing the top, it’s complete. One beautifully finished side table made with English Oak grown just across the road on the Norbury Park Estate.