New DVD ‘Shaker Side Table’ Now Available

ShakerSIdeLie-Nielsen Toolworks has just received stock of my latest DVD on building a Shaker Side Table entirely by hand.

If that’s all you need to hear, go here to order it from Lie-Nielsen.

Here are more details. This is a long-form DVD – 269 minutes of video footage covering the entire range of operations necessary to build this maple table, which is a variant on a design from Thomas Moser and Christian Becksvoort.

Why is the DVD so long? Well the political answer is that we wanted to show every operation at a level of detail that is typically missing from many DVD presentations. The truth? I just didn’t shut up. When I work – at home or in front of a class – I talk nearly non-stop. I do this at home as a way to check my own work. I do it during classes to keep the poor sods from falling asleep (this happens).

Anyway, the DVD covers a lot of ground, from processing stock with handplanes to….

• Tapering legs with handplanes
• Mortise and tenon by hand
• Half-blind socket dovetails for the drawer rails
• Making drawers by hand – grooves, layout, dovetails all around
• Installing drawer runners
• Fitting drawers
• Beveling with a jack plane
• Getting a final surface finish
• Finishing with a homemade varnish and oil

This is the sort of project DVD I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m pleased that Thomas Lie-Nielsen and the crew at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks let my freak flag fly.

And yes, that is me on the cover. I got a haircut right before that photo shoot in July. Since then, I’ve gone back to seed – to the dismay of my spouse.

The DVD is $40 and is available now from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks.

— Christopher Schwarz

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11 Responses to New DVD ‘Shaker Side Table’ Now Available

  1. JimM says:

    A “Hollywood” seed……mind you.

  2. David Dougherty says:

    Any possibility of a download (for iPads and other tablets and PCs)? DVDs are so… well… archaic. :)

  3. Rob says:

    What techniques / tools do you use for dimensioning the lumber on this project?

    • Rob says:

      Apologies – another question: Is this the same table design which featured in the Sept 04 issue of Woodworking Magazine ?
      (There you called it a Shaker End Table)

  4. Publius Secundus says:

    Haircut?

  5. abtuser says:

    I’ll be picking one up. Nice looking project.

  6. Oscar says:

    Chris, this is great! For those of us with family’s, limited budgets, and locations not near a good woodworking school these how to project DVDs are fantastic. This is a great addition to your saw bench DVD and if possible I would request more like this that capture both basic skills along with the fun of creating a great piece of furniture.

    • jborgschulte says:

      “This is a great addition to your saw bench DVD and if possible I would request more like this that capture both basic skills along with the fun of creating a great piece of furniture.”

      I wholeheartedly agree with Oscar. I just had to pass up the opportunity to do the ATC at the Woodwright’s School in August of location and budget. DVDs like this are amazing assets for those looking to grow! Thank you for taking the time to do these! (I ordered one the day it was announced).

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