How to make these Bedside Tables

How to make these Bedside Tables


my wife Cath has put an order in for two bedside tables so that’s what I’m going to make in this video I started out designing them in Sketchup and although I like the design I decided to spend a couple hours making one out of plywood to make sure I like the proportions I designed it this way so the drawer joint stays exposed when the drawer shut I’m pretty happy with it but I may make a couple of changes and I will make the legs a little bit thicker for the legs I’m going to use black wattle I bought this pack of it’s a few months ago for a couple of bigger upcoming projects and one of those is going to be a kitchen island the top rails of the leg assemblies are
done now I need to cut the mitres on top of the legs the front mitre is 40 degrees and the back mitre is 45 degrees here I’m cutting the front legs to length I’m cutting those off at 10 degrees and the back legs I cut off square at 90 degrees to make the legs less chunky and more pleasing to the eye I’m going to taper them this could be done on the table saw with the tapering jig I do have one around here somewhere but it takes no time at all to do with the bandsaw I’m going to join the leg mitres with splines so here I’m cutting mortises for the splines to fit into that’s the top rails of the leg assemblies done now I need to do the mortises on the legs that’s the legs finished up I’ve made a bit of an error the grain on the splines is running in this direction and I’ve made plenty of picture frames and things like that in the past and that’s plenty strong enough but for a piece of furniture really it should be running this way and that joint then would be super strong but what I am going to do is I’m going to recut these grooves here and I’m going to put a spline in this way so far in and that will give that a little bit more strength it sounds where I can make an excuses but I’m rushing to get this job done because we’re going away for a few days and also it’s been over 40 degrees in the workshop for the last couple of days and it’s difficult to actually think straight now the legs are done I’m going to stop working on the top and for that I’m going to use a piece of plywood and I’m going to veneer it and the reason for that if I use solid wood with the grain
running this way it would run in the opposite direction to the legs and the legs get directly attached to that so that joint would want to break apart you could run it in the opposite direction it’d look a bit odd but apart from that I’ll get expansion this way and then the drawer won’t fit properly so that’s why I’m going to use plywood and I’ve got this old pine that I’m going to clean up and make the veneer out of to stop the veneer from moving around when I glue it I’ve put a couple of Brad nails in the very edge there’s enough waste there to cut that strip off later on I probably should have placed the sheet plastic or something similar between the boards but they came apart fine anyway I’ll join the legs with floating tenons and I’ll start by marking the mortise positions to give the whole thing more
strength I’m adding your piece of plywood to the back I need to transfer some of those marks around to the opposite side so the mortiser references off the top face this rail fits underneath the drawer to tie the two front legs together I haven’t tried this before but putting the mortiser in the vise worked very well on a small part like this I’ve marked the center of the mortise onto the front legs and now I’ve got this piece of scrap plywood I’m using it as a guide to position the mortiser in the correct place I’ve dry fitted it just to make sure that it all goes together but I won’t glue it yet first of all I need to make
the drawers for the drawers I’ve got some more old pine and hopefully once it’s planed up it’ll be good enough to use the pine came out pretty nice and I’ll use that for the sides of the drawer and for the backs for the front of the drawers I prepared some more black wattle for the drawer joints I’m going to use this square knapp joint if you haven’t already seen I made a video about that a while back and I’ll put a link above if you’re interested I’m marking the back of the workpiece just to reduce any tear out when the mortiser bit comes through the other side the sides are done they came out pretty good but not quite as good as the ones in the original video where I used camphor Laurel I found the pine was crushing a little bit here and there when the bit was entering but a bit of glue and filler and they should be fine so now I’m going to start the drawer fronts I’ve just cut the back piece off camera and that fits into those rebates at the back I didn’t do a Knapp joint at the back I would have had to use a thicker piece of wood like at the front and there was just no need before I glue it all together I just need to cut a groove around for the drawer bottom I need to take a small piece out so that I can fit the plywood back panel in position I just cut these small veneer pieces on the table saw leaving the veneer on the outside of the blade away from the fence there really was a fair amount of
sanding both with the orbital sander and sanding by hand and it took me around about 2-3 hours all up I’m drilling a recess for a drawer pull and I really should have done that before I assembled the drawer but I just forgot to do it at the time I really need to buy some better forstner bits this one burnt the wood a little bit but with some effort its sanded off okay for the finish I’m using an equal mix of varnish, boiled linseed oil and turps it did darken and yellow the pine more than at hoped but there’s not much I can do about it now and I still think it looks pretty good so I’m happy with it it’s been a while since I made a proper video I ended up taking a break I think I needed it I’ve recharged the batteries I’m back at it now so expect regular videos from now on and hopefully you
enjoyed this video if you did please like and subscribe thanks for watching and I’ll see you on the next one

100 thoughts on “How to make these Bedside Tables”

  1. Great Job Neil, I bet the wife loves um Mate, have a nice day, and I hope it soon cool's down for ya and you can stop them evil fires. !!!!

  2. Hi Neil, I love your videos. No stupid talk, no music. Just how and why. That is exactly what I need. I've learned a lot and I'm always inspired by your work. I could watch a new video every day. Please keep it up. Greetings from Germany.

  3. Stunning. I love the two tone colouring and it's heartening to see use of the native hardwood; so many woodworking videos are based in the US and are centred around walnut and maple. The acacia grain and colour looks beautiful in its own right and your selection of boards for the drawer fronts has not gone unnoticed.

  4. Suggested video: Now that you have a metalworking shop, how about "Pask makes a workshop air-conditioner out of chopping board offcuts, a Soda Stream, plus an old fridge and some scrap plumbing that he found on the kerbside hard waste pile"?

  5. Really nice look and great use of that ingenious joint! I love your content and hope the heat will let up and the fires will keep on missing your area!

  6. Love the design, especially the exposed drawer joinery! Is there anything from keeping the drawer from being pulled out too far and coming out?

  7. I subbed after 3 4 watched videos. Quality is great, no unnecesary talking and OVER talking… Thanks sir, actually we can learn something

  8. I have enjoyed your videos for quite awhile, great stuff! What was that wood you used, black wattle? I am in Canada so that was new to me. You also used another one quite a bit, camphor laurel is it? Anyway great projects and I love your ingenuity. Do you have an engineering background at all?

  9. Beautiful form, love the style. Did you put some sort of stops in them to keep the drawers from pulling all the way out?

  10. We get that kind of heat with high humidity in our summers in Alabama. Take it easy. We can't handle that heat as easily as we could when we were kids.

    Hope y'all are getting some much needed rain. The stories I've heard about the fires are heartbreaking. 🙁

  11. Great job!

    Thanks for the nice video …

    Best regards from Uzbekistan. 🙂

    Have you made these bedside tables to order or for yourself?

    I’m just wondering if such work is in demand in your country in America and whether people appreciate it?

  12. How can anyone put a thumbs down on this? Your‘e a true craftsman and artist! I‘m stunned by your level of creativity and skill and a bit envious 😉

  13. Wow, you know you're a pro when you first make a full scale plywood model! : ) High attention to detail on both the video and the tables. Mahalo for sharing! : )

  14. Thank You for putting the videos together – I do enjoy seeing your projects and knowing that others have the addiction of wanting to build things of long lasting beauty. Yowa 40+ C yikes

  15. These are probably worth about $1500 if you take labour into consideration. An incredible amount of work has gone into these.

  16. You make it look effortless to make things with such precision. I'm jealous of the wood that you have at your disposal. Amazing tables

  17. Awesome Neil!
    The color change of the pine nicely offsets the darker wood I think, I like it better than the lighter color of the pine during the build.
    Thanks for the reduex on the splines ! I was sitting here trying to figure out what you knew that I didn't, after all, you're SO much better at all of this than I am….all is right in the Universe once again!!

  18. The yellowish appearance of the pine give a hint of yellow heart look at least on camera and I love your calibers you used doing the turning I often use mine just like it

  19. Lovely video as always Pask, can’t understand why you don’t have more subs? Best maker-channel on youtube according to me!

  20. damn, I've been dealing with over 40* in the workshop lately, too. but mine is Fahrenheit and not Celsius. I'm dressed in layers, and just glad you're not working in your skivvies.

  21. Not my cup of tea design wise, but I love watching you work and seeing the ideas you come up with. I don't know when the fauxmino machine came on the scene. Now I've gotta track that down. Festool has some brilliant stuff, but I'm not gonna pay the price for a 747 when a Chevrolet will get me where I need to go if you catch my drift. I've been doing loose tenon joinery with a router and a home made jig, it's a great way to put a project together, but damn that Festool shit is expensive

  22. Great work as usual, but I have to ask – @ 4:49 isn't the grain direction of those splines the wrong way round? The grain direction is running parallel with the joint direction, not cross grain.

  23. When glueing vaneer or big surfaces to plywood, I recommend you use vacuum. Just tape a plastic bag around the parts, attach a vacuum cleaner to it, suck it dry, wait few minutes and you got perfect fit. Regular vacuum cleaners tend to heat up thou, so keep that in mind. Vacuum pumps are not expensive either.

  24. Glad you had some time to recharge. Nothing wrong with that!
    And those seriously lovely end tables seem to prove that point well.

  25. Great job. Thanks for sharing the video. Is there any definition for "veneer"? I was surprised by the thickness of the veneer you used here. (I guess 5 or 6 mm)
    When I think of veneer I have thickness of around 1 mm in my mind.

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