Episode #13: Porringer Tea Table – Part 2

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10 thoughts on “Episode #13: Porringer Tea Table – Part 2

  1. Another informative podcast. I have some cherry that I bought two weeks ago for this project so although I will be building the table I will be building somewhat behind your schedule.

    Just put together a better pair of winding sticks today that I will be using.

    Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and techniques. I learn things with every podcast.

  2. Thanks Bob! Awesome stuff. The world really needs more expert hand tool demonstration/explanation video. I’m looking forward to the next installments. 🙂

  3. Very impressive production. Guys like you make America great. With your knowledge, communication skills, a little A/V equipment and effort, you make a video that out does (insert your favorite PBS host here).

    My second woodworking project was a Queen Anne tea table. I just jumped in but could have used this demo. As it was, I used my failed cabriole legs for firewood until I figured out a few things the hard way.

    I look forward to following along. Thanks for all the hard work.

  4. Thank you for all of the effort that you put into these productions. They are very helpful and appreciated.

  5. Another great video. It´s amazing to see an expert in work. Keep them coming. I learn so much from every episode. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with others and so we can learn the skills from someone like you. I recommended your blog to others I talked to and they enjoy it too.

  6. Hey Bob. Thanks so much for doing these pod cast. They are extremely informative and it’s so great to see someone do stock prep and joinery with not just hand tools, but tools that could have been found in an 18th century shop. These tools are my preference and besides Adam Cherubini, you are the only other one I see using them. Call me wierd, but I get great enjoyment from seeing someone use wooden bodied planes to prep rough stock. I’ll be attending the Williamsburg conference next week, and that’s one reason I enjoy that event so much. If you’ve never attended, you should check it out one year. This will be my third. Well again, thanks so much for posting these. You are doing a great service to woodworkers like myself. Take Care.

    • Thanks Jamie! I have not yet been to the Williamsburg conference, though I do plan to get there one of these years. A two year old and four year old take up pretty much most of my free time. Not to mention if I left my wife alone with them for an entire weekend, she might need to be committed by the time I got back. Toddlers can be a…..handful 🙂

  7. I’m a little behind and wondering how you dimension the visual thickness of the leg. I’ve located all the reference points but the relation between the inside curve and the outside curve is undefined. Is this achieved by eye? My first attempts look a little awkward, like the country Queen Anne pieces I’ve seen in some museums. Does that mean I’m doing museum quality work?

    • Dan,
      Check out Quick Tip #4, I think that will answer your question better than words can. In essence, once the peak of the knee and the step in at the back of the knee are defined, I draw straight guide lines from those points to the ankle. These guide lines define the taper of the leg. Then I find the inflection points along those guide lines, which are the points that the curve changes from convex to concave, or vise versa. Then, subtle curves are drawn in by eye, first from the peak/back of the knee to the inflection point, then from the inflection point to the ankle. Keep the curves subtle as they look much flatter in two dimensions than they do in three. The finished leg makes the curves look much more pronounced than they really are. The peak of the knee is defined using the proportions in the design notes/Episode #12/Quick Tip #4. The back of the knee is just stepped in by eye, about 9/16″ or so from the back of the leg blank.

  8. Just got finished planing and sawing the leg blanks. I’m using cherry for the first time, and this is my first all hand tool project. Holy Cow! Sawing through all that 3″ timber is quite the workout. On the plus side I’m quite happy about how straight my cuts are coming out.

    Onto drawing and cutting out the pattern. (probably tomorrow)

    Thanks again for doing these videos. I have been reviewing each one prior to starting that set of work.

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