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This sturdy pool table is made with an Arts and Crafts design.  The multi-part video series covers the project in great detail!

The pool table is designed in the Arts and Crafts style and will be constructed almost exclusively from Quartersawn White oak plywood.  I've come up with some creative ways to conceal the plywood and ensure the table has a solid wood appearance.  The entire build process is being video documented and presented as a multipart series.


Some background about the project -

I was given a "donor" table by my Aunt and Uncle in exchange for some carpentry work.  From the donor table, I plan to use the slate and the bumpers.


My design requirements -

  • I wanted to build the table with an authentic Arts and Crafts style, but I didn't to spend a ton on wood.  I love quartersawn white oak, but it's expensive.  I came up with some creative ways to get the look I was after without buying any solid QS white oak.
  • I wanted a massive look to the legs.
  • Sturdy and somewhat lightweight (lighter than solid wood.
    Incorporate some materials other than wood that may have been used in original A&C pieces.  I plan on using Copper and Leather to trim out the upper portion of the table.

Some background about the project -

  • Part 1  The Leg Columns
    Using the Lock Miter Bit to make a hollow column.  I demonstrate how to easily setup and use the lock miter bit to make a four sided hollow colum. 
  • Part 2 Leg Cross members and slats
    laminating, chamfer technique, MLCS edge band bit.  I also demonstrate the basics of pattern routing to make duplicate parts. 
  • Part 3 Mortising / Loose Tenon joinery
    Using my motorized router lift and modified tenon jig, I demonstrate the efficiency and versatility of router table mortising to make the joinery for the leg system. 
  • Part 4 Veneering - Feet for the Leg Columns
    The hollow foot will lend a substantial look to the bottom of the columns, and at the same time, the foot collar will conceal any shims underneath the columns that may be necessary to level the legs.  
  • Part 5 Corbels - A tough design decision
    This video focuses on the Corbels of the leg system.  The design of the corbels is discusses and the techniques used to create them are shown in detail.  
  • Part 6 (not yet released) Stain and Finishing of the Leg Parts
    I demonstrate the advantage of staining and finishing prior to assembly.  It's much easier to stain and finish parts before assembly.  This also shows my finish schedule. 
  • Part 7 (not yet released) Dry fit and Assembly of the Legs
    Illustrates how loose tenon joinery can simplify assembly.

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