Pre-fit and adjust

There are many joints in this project and with that many opportunities for mistakes and misfit parts. Before I begin glueing up I want to closely look at each tenon and the fit with it’s mortise. Next I want to assemble the coffee table and clamp it together to look at how the piece as a whole fits together. Joints that fit well individually, may not fit when they are pieced together with other parts.  It is also a perfect time to sand all of the pieces and plane the aris of each piece.




I quickly realize that there are a couple of through mortises that I have forgotten to trim the edges. I clamp them in the vice and then taking a chisel pop the corners off to refine the look. I notice a couple of joints are not closing up tightly and upon inspection remove a small amount of material from the tenon. Any pencil marks that remain are removed with and eraser. Next I hand sand each piece with 220 grit paper. This should be all of the sanding that is required. This process requires me to clamp and un-clamp the parts several times as I make the adjustments.




  1. September 23, 2013 at 9:24 am

    That’s looking really good, isn’t it a great feeling to see all of the parts and pieces you’ve been working on come together?

    • September 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Even though we become intimately familiar with each part, there is always the element of excitement and surprise to see it in one piece.

  2. September 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    That looks really great!

  3. September 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Looks great. Nice to see it together.

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