Episode #18: Porringer Tea Table – Part 7

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9 thoughts on “Episode #18: Porringer Tea Table – Part 7

  1. Great job as usual Bob! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series! Even though I didn’t build the table along with you, you’ve inspired me to give it a try when time permits!
    As always thanks for being so generous with your time and allowing us to follow along with you. I can’t wait to see what will come next! Any ideas?

    • Donna,
      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it, it was a fun build. I’ve got a few projects planned that I think will keep me busy for awhile. I’ll be starting on the new workbench soon (the lumber has been in the corner of the shop for several weeks now). Perhaps I’ll finally getting around to making another tenon saw that I’ve had the stock for but just have not got around to making. I’ve also got to get started on a very large media/entertainment center that has been in the works for awhile. Plus, I have a few small projects I’d like to do as well. I’m always open to podcast topic ideas thought so if there is something specific you’d like to see on the podcast, feel free to let me know!

  2. Enjoyed all your podcasts and looking forward to more. I’ve picked up Stephen Shepherd’s book on hide glue as well as some glue packs from TFWW, but haven’t got into either yet. Was wondering what temperature you were working at that was too cold for your first panel glue up for the top? Living in the NE, I work in a shop with heat, though chilly and not at a living room temp in the winter. Will the heat have to brought up a bit to work in the winter time? I usually set the heat for 60 when I turn it on, but of course, the air gets warm but everything of mass in the shop takes quite a bit longer to get a rise in temperature. Was just curious what to expect. Thanks!

    • Doug,
      My shop was probably in the low 60s at the time. The rub joints for the knee blocks went just fine, and glue ups of things like mortise and tenon joints are typically no problem either as they are assembled quickly. The only time I have had issues in my shop is when I’ve got something that stays open for awhile, like a long edge joint or case dovetails. In these cases, I’ll try to heat up the shop into the mid to upper 70s if I can (I didn’t in this episode, so you saw the result :). While my shop is inside the house, it is really only semi-climate controlled. The shop is part of an addition that was built on after the house was built, and the HVAC was not brought into the addition so there’s no ductwork. In the summer it’s usually plenty warm enough since the AC never really gets into the shop, but in the winter it can get pretty cold. What you can try if your heater permits is placing parts to be glued right on the heater until they are ready for glue-up. I have one of those small sealed oil filled radiators I can roll around, which makes this convenient and not a fire hazard. If your heating system won’t permit this, you can warm up the joint with a heat gun right before applying the glue, and that will give you more time. Stephen’s book also discusses other ways to extend the open time of the glue, so definitely read up on it before doing a complex glue up that requires long open times. If all else fails, lquid hide glue is very friendly for complex glue-ups. I tend to prefer it for stuff like case dovetails where I need a really long open time. I use the hot stuff for faster to assemble joints and rub joints.

  3. This was a really great podcast. Its the best stuff I’ve seen to date on the web for hand tool wood working. It would be great if you would detail the construction of your new workbench in a podcast!

    • I second the work bench idea! That’s next on my agenda! I would love to see how to approach it using only hand tools!

  4. Great podcast. Here’s a glue related question. When you switched to the liquid hide glue, did you also do a rub joint, or did you have to clamp it up?

    Just discovered your site. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rob,
      The liquid hide glue was rub jointed as well just like the hot. It just sets a little slower, giving you more time to work with it.

  5. Thanks for a great video. You showed me details on making the table top, that I haven’t seen other do…just what I what I needed for my skill level.

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