Build a small table


So, here’s my latest project. It’s a table. But, looks like a regular table
but, it’s actually it’s a kid’s table.
But, the way it goes together is just like a regular table, so if you want to know how to
build a table or a kid’s table watch this video. I start by ripping a piece twice as long
as the legs off of the end of a 2 by 8. I then rip that down the middle. And flatten those pieces
on the jointer. Next, I glue those pieces
together face to face. I start with lot’s of glue.
Spread that out. Then put the pieces together. And
put quite a few clamps on there. And then leave that drying
for about an hour. While I’m waiting for the glue to dry,
I’m just ripping a few more pieces to make the apron rails
out of a 2 by 4. With the glue dried on the
two pieces I glued together I can now square it up
on the jointer. I’m also ripping a piece thick
enough for one apron rail off the side of the piece
I glued together. That’ll leave enough
thickness for the legs. Now I’m marking the outline of the
legs on the piece that I just ripped the apron rails off of. And now I cut out the shape
of the legs on the band saw. Because the band saw leaves a bit
of a rough cut I’m smoothing out the edges of the legs on my jointer. Now I mark the other taper on the legs. And cut that on the band saw again. And smooth that side too
on the jointer. The top of the legs
is not actually tapered so I’m cutting that part
straight on the table saw. The apron rails get joined to the
legs with a mortise and tenon joint. I’m using my homemade slot mortising
machine to cut the mortises. Next, I cut my apron rails
to the exact length that I need. And trim them to the desired width. Next, I need to work out
the thickness of my tenon. I used the 5/16th inch router bit, which
works out to three hundred twelve thou. Plus I need to add another hundred thou
for the thickness of the saw blade. Now, let’s just cut out a quick test
tenon to make sure it’s all good. And a quick trim of that tenon on
the band saw so I can try it out. Ok, it fits so all good to go. Now I have to check all my boards so
that I’ll be sure that the good side is facing outwards. I’m marking a big I
on the side that’ll be facing inwards. Now I’m cutting the tenons
on both sides of my apron rails. I’m cutting the shoulders of the
tenons on just the table saw sled. I’m also using my table saw sled
to cut the ends of the tenons. And finish that off with the band saw. Now, I’m rounding the corners of the
tenons so that they’ll fit into the round end of the mortises. But before I can put my mortise
and tenon joints together I have to do a few other things
to my pieces. So, here I’m marking the cut-out
that’s gonna be on the bottom edge of the apron rails. Now to cut out the shape of
that cut-out with the band saw. I only actually marked up one of
my pieces so I’m now using that as a template to mark
the other three pieces. Which I’ll then cut out
with the band saw, as well. Now, to clean up that
rough band saw cut I’m using my belt sander. I’m also cutting some
slots into the rails which the hooks that hold the table
top will attach onto. Now I’m routing the bottom
edges of my apron rails with a quarter inch
round-over router bit. And also routing the
edges of the legs. Now I can finally glue my mortise
and tenon joints all together. I’m gonna let these two sub-assemblies dry
before I glue the rest of it together. To make the top, I’m recycling
an old Ikea shelf. It’s a bit longer than
I need it to be so I’m cutting it to length. The recycled Ikea shelf
wasn’t quite wide enough so I’m gluing another board onto the edge
to bring it up to the desired width. After I let the glue dry I’m smoothing
my joints with a hand plane. And then finishing it off
with a belt sander. Now to round the corners I’m using
the bottom of a can or WD-40 to mark the arcs. Which I then cut off
with a band saw. And then I round the top and bottom
edges of the table top with a quarter inch round-over
router bit. Next, I’m cutting a whole bunch of little
blocks that have a sort of a hook on them. Those hooks will hook into the slots
that I cut into my apron rail. They allow the table to be attached and still allow it some amount
of wood movement. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video about
building this children’s table. It goes together actually
exactly like a full-sized table except all the components are
about two-thirds the real size. If you want to build a kitchen
table that looks a lot like that all you have to do is
scale up the plans. So, I’ll post the plans for
this table on my website. Woodgears. ca And, I’ll also post a CLF
full-sized version of this table So that you can build that
kitchen table from those plans. So, go check it out at
Woodgears. ca

100 Replies to “Build a small table”

  1. using expensive tools is not a talent for making table. using manual and less expensive tool for making table is consider to be talented.
    provide your talent by using manual and less expensive tools method to viewers and that i consider to be precise art of assembling table.

  2. We in kenya lack this basic education… we are more on theories and algebras that are inapplicable. ….. How much did u invest on the simple but very efficient equipments?

  3. You are also so nice like your work. I am from work working family so I can enjoy your work more than anyone.thank you. Mushtaq mughal

  4. Hey Matthias, The plans I downloaded for this are saying the legs should be 47" long? That seems like an adult size table and much bigger than the pieces you seem to be working with in the video. Did I miss something?

  5. Thanks for this and other tables. Just starting out at 71 so this is all great. Thought it would be simpler but having fun with your tubes!

  6. Matthias, how do you recommend building a narrow tall table (6 feet) to put decorations on that is steady and doesn't tip over easily?

  7. I love your videos so much. I am a new home owner, and just starting to get in to wood working. Like building tables and desks. Any ideas on how I should start, and what I should have?

  8. Build a small table,by the time i have saved up the money to buy the tools i need to build this little table i would be an old man,wait i dont think i would ever save the money to build this table.fuck it i will buy one.

  9. Matthias, thanks for your awesome vids. I've noticed in a few of your vids you dress rough timber with the jointer on all sides instead of joint then thickness. Do you consider you can work exclusively with the jointer? How do you ensure all your sides are also parallel?

  10. Its a strange thing Matthias. I have been subbed and watch many of your vids, some more than a few times. but ive not seen you use that table saw sled you used to make the cuts for the tenons until now. (2:52) is this a new sled you've made? if you made a vid on it what is the title of it called? also was wondering why not use panto router to make tenon instead of table saw? wouldn"t you get a better fit that way or was this vid before you made it?

  11. Geez, some of the comments are actually complaining about how they don't have these type of tools. You can totally do this with just hand tools. Chisels for the mortise and tenon, a Hammer, a Jack plane, some Clamps, Squares, and a few Saws (Rip, Cross-cut, Dovetail, Coping). So stop whining and start building!

  12. Matt, this is a good table and a well thought out work but most of the people watching are a whole lot less trained and equipped. So my suggestion would be to film such projects that even the elementary-level wannabes can do.

  13. Thank you for all the information and great videos. Watching your videos, motivated me to set a woodworking shop, and all of the enjoinment that I have at workshop right now, it's your fault 🙂 I really would like to know about the calculation you do at 2:15. I would appriciate it if you could some how explain that. Thank you so much again, Hamid

  14. It's amazing how many seasoned woodworkers purposely neglect to use the tablesaw blade guard in situations where they can actually use it.

  15. I've come to the conclusion that jealous and envious people post negative and critical comments. 9 times out of 10 people would rather read or hear positive things. Wouldn't the haters out there agree? Good Video Matthias!

  16. Awesome… I just hope someone doesn't scale up the plans too much and accidentally make a 15 foot tall table

  17. The project like this step by step is described on the Avasva website and many more plans you can find on that website.

  18. You could drop a single cell organism in planets and hope one spawns life that gives any usable prime matter before it evolves life intelligent enough to develop tools. You gotta be patient enough to wait until one or a group of them develops intelligence high enough to manage to come up with what we know as a table before even considering building a kiddie table if you're patient enough…

  19. Thank you for NOT breaking out the Kreg pocket hole jig and demonstrating, as way too many have done, the wrong way to attach aprons to legs. BTW: Very nice home-built horizontal morticer!

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