The Raw Edge Coffee Table – New Video Series!

by | Sep 27, 2018 | 12 comments


In Our Latest Video Series We’re Building A Modern Raw Edge Coffee Table

Pre-Order Today To Receive The Live Run Discount!

Chapter One Will Be Up On Thurs. 4th October.

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Refining Your Hand Tool Skills

As usual we’re building this coffee table using a very minimal kit of hand tools.
But this modern design is testing us to work with accuracy and create a very refined finish.

It’s a true workout for your hand plane skills, as we go from a big rough oak board, and take it right through to a flat and glass like finish. That’s with the complication of planing over dovetailed keys and very interlocking grain and knots!

The Series covers the prototyping stage as I come up with a couple of variants for the base design.
Then we crack on with the base build and deal with some very precise prepping and angled mortice and tenons.

Weekly Videos –

The Series will be brought out in weekly videos that can be downloaded and/or streamed.
Each video will take you step by step through the build along with tips and chats for all of the techniques involved.

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Currently £26.00 (approx. $34.00) | Will increase to £35.00 (approx. $46.00)

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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. Patrick Anderson

    Brilliant. I can’t wait for this.

  2. Ivan Walker

    This looks like it’s gonna be well good.
    I think I’ll just sleep until the 4th Oct.
    Great that it’s all moving forward again.

  3. Ian

    Hi Richard
    If one doesn’t have a big rough oak board to hand will it be possible to use alternative stock for the table top and still achieve the same finished table design?

  4. Rob de Vries

    Dutch guy here. Just bought the series. I’ll be home all weekend for you to bring by the oak. Or better yet, send Helen! Very hard to get pieces of wood like that over here..

  5. Judith

    Not a fan of the raw edge stuff, I always think it looks like somebody couldn’t be bothered to finish the job. But I bought the series anyway, because I always learn stuff and I enjoy Richard’s company.

    • Mitchell

      I despise this term, live edge. It’s not alive. Can we all go back to calling it wane?

  6. Ste

    Get in there Richard !,this looks cracking a mean flipping fantastic 👍
    Where’s me credit card and say nowt to our lass !
    There’s a place not far from me were a bought me wood burner and oak mantel for me house , so I’m gonna see if they have a plank similar .
    The lad who cuts the oak mantels starts off cutting slabs off with a 3ft chainsaw set up on jig awesome to watching but scary as shite an all!
    7 sleeps! 😆😂

  7. Cesar O.

    The beauty about Richard videos is that the actual piece is just a (wonderfully executed) vehicle for teaching how to approach hand tool woodworking in general. I have learned so much from him (and Hellen’s production touch elevates the videos to a new level!). By now, all I need is the announcement of a new series to get out my wallet. Pre-ordered already and excited about October.

  8. David

    Perfect timing. A few weeks ago I picked up a large slab which was going to be a coffee able. It will be perfect for this series.. The slab is Lärvhe which is similar to redwood.

    I can’t wait to get started.

  9. Michael Ballinger

    And here I was thinking there was going to be a second chair design/build series. This looks really interesting, if you wanted to fill that crack to avoid little fingers getting caught what would you use?

  10. Darryl

    I have been waiting for this build since first glimpsing it during the chair series, it looks a great project. Ready and waiting for October 4th now.

  11. Michael Ballinger

    Just watched the trailer, I really like the first prototype base. I find the base that’s on it (while really interesting) draws my eye away from the top because it’s not your typical 4 legs. I think I’d prefer the base you’ve gone with to be on a typical albiet boring top so the base can be the attraction.


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