Build A Hall Table – Online Video Series

by | Nov 10, 2017 | 13 comments


Our latest video series is the build of a traditional Hall Table

For Full Details & To Purchase CLICK HERE

As you’ll expect, we build the whole piece with basic hand tools.

The focus with this project is learning how to build by hand efficiently.

If you’re just starting out with hand tools, this series will open your eyes to just how effective and productive they can be.

If you’re an experienced builder then we’re confident you’ll pick up some new tips to help speed up your workflow.

This is a 12 part series totalling over 6 1/2 hours of tuition.

And it’s all available to watch right away.

pdf plans table projectView The Cutting List:

What You’ll Need –

If you’d like an idea of the timber requirements then you can download the cutting list above.

We’re using pine for the base and cherry for the top.
Of course any species will work here.

basic hand toolshand planing the rough sawn boards

The Tool Kit –

I keep my kit minimal because that’s the way I like to work.

If you can master even a few tools then you’ll become a confident worker very quickly.

In this build we use:

– Hardpoint / panel saw
– Jack Plane (I use a No 5 but a shorter bench plane would also be ok)
– Measuring & marking tools: tape measure, ruler, pencil, marking gauge, bevel, square, marking knife
Carcase saw (for dovetailing)
Dovetail chisels
– Mallet
– Fretsaw

In Chapter One we also use a bandsaw for our rough material prep.
This is entirely optional and an alternative hand tool only approach is also demonstrated.

dovetailing a drawer by handbuilding a hall table by hand

The Techniques Covered to Building a Table

The Hall Table covers a broad range of skills, from understanding face and edge marks to building and using marking guides.

The tips detailed are many, but the main techniques included are:

– Tapering legs
– Twin Mortice & Tenons
– Drawboring
– Edge Jointing
– Through & half blind dovetails
– Drawer fitting

For an overview of the project, have a watch of the intro at the top of this post.
(p.s sorry about those shorts… yep, he made them himself.)

For a more detailed break down of the content, or to start watching CLICK HERE

If you’re already a member, you can login to your account to add this Series. LOGIN HERE.

Building a Table

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We make online courses that provide tuition on hand tool woodworking.
The detailed videos can be both streamed and downloaded.

As a professional hand tool woodworker, we aim to get you feeling inspired to build, and equipped with the knowledge to tackle projects entirely by hand.

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About Richard Maguire

About Richard Maguire

As a professional hand tool woodworker, Richard found hand tools to be the far more efficient solution for a one man workshop. Richard runs 'The English Woodworker' as an online resource and video education for those looking for a fuss free approach to building fine furniture by hand. Learn More About Richard & The English Woodworker.


  1. Ken Haygarth

    Yes Sir, brilliant project 😉

  2. David Cannizzaro

    Sign me up!
    Wait, I guess I can do that myself.

  3. Mark Dennehy

    *throws money in Richard&Helen’s general direction*

  4. John


    This looks like a great follow project to the others. It appears that you’re making the carcass out of pine? Is that your primary choice of wood (seeing it used in the spoon rack and side table) or do you choose that for beginner projects for its ease of workability?

    Thanks! I love your videos!

  5. michael

    looking forward to it

  6. Gunther

    Wohooooooooooo! New Videos!

  7. Rob Appelman

    Awesome project, looking forward to the video’s.

  8. David

    This comes at a perfect time. I have been wanting to make a hall table for several years but never got around to it. I will now.

  9. Michael Ballinger

    I just ordered my workshop should be here in 6-8 weeks and I’m dying to get into some of your projects, this is one for the list!

  10. Len A

    Looking forward to this series.

    In the process of signing up as I just know this video series will be as good as the previous ones and better by your description.

    Can’t wait.

  11. Neil Christie

    Looking forward to this one. Have to say the shorts are a bit of a shocker!

  12. Paul Becksmith

    Just wondering if there is a support group out there for people buying these videos on the basis that they are clearly addictive apart form being brilliant. I’ve got three and I haven’t made anything yet but, my God, my tools are sharp – after the sharpening one. The table looks a treat and once the workshop is fully up and running will be in production, and I’m just a beginner. Anyway it’s nice to get the Christmas viewing organised early so thanks to Richard and Helen.

  13. Ken Haygarth

    That’s me all Signed up for this one. As the man says Jobs a good’un


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