Your First End Table

Beginner End Table

Master the Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon Joint!  This End Table is For You

This End Table is one of the projects that every woodworker gets asked to build.  Its a classic style that will fit in with any home decor.  Plus it is easy to customize the design to make it your own.  Using minimal materials and minimal tools you can build this table and get introduced (and master) the mortise and tenon joint cut by hand.

Full Video Instructions plus so much more...

  • Sketch Up Model
  • PDF Templates
  • Magazine Style Process Document detailing each step
  • Parts List
  • Hand Tool School Community Access
  • The Hand Tool School Tool Library & Sharpening Content
  • Weekly Tip Videos

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Part 1: The Design

This design is an example of a basic furniture form and we see how it is put together and how it can be customized.

mortise and tenon by hand

Part 2: Legs & Rails

Its all mortise and tenon joinery.  This table has a lot of them!

making panels by hand

Part 3: Panels

The top and shelf are glued up panels and we discuss this basic woodworking skill.

Dye test samples

Part 4: Dye and Paint Finish

A blended natural and paint finish is very on trend and this covers the dye and paint, brushed finish.

As Usual, we build it all with hand tools...

No electrons were harmed during the building of this table.  The mortise and tenons are all cut with a back saw and chisels.  Very few tools are needed as this project is designed to be one of the first projects you build as a hand tool woodworker.

Everything You Need to Build this End Table that will cement your mastery of the hand cut mortise and tenon joint