Completed With Ebonising

by | Sep 16, 2016 | 4 comments

We’re always stumped at how much to cover in our videos.

But as usual, with our Side Table Series we decided to just give it our all, and make it priced for all with an interest.
So along with the build, we used the last chapter of this Series to cover our two part receipe and approach to ebonising.

The video above gives you a glimpse of the ebonising chapter. We’ve been really impressed with the enthusiasm that this finishing was taken up with and are pleased that so many of you have been giving it ago.
All of the photos here are from Member’s who’ve already knocked up their tables (I’m also impressed that everywhere appears to have been so sunny!).

Member’s Side Tables

Side Table With Ebonised Base

Completed Side Table with ebonised base, by Eberhard F

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Ebonised Side Table By David O

Ebonised Side Table By David O


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Side Table in Reclaimed Oak by Slava R

Side Table made from 30 – 40 year old oak shelves by Slava R.


Ready To Binge?

So that brings us to the end of this series (this post is actually rather late) and all of the videos are up and available to binge.

Once again, we’ve been taken back by the fantastic support and response we’ve had to this Series. We’ve compiled some of the comments from the final Chapter below, so you can see what we mean.

You can find full details of the Series, including a short summary video for each of the Chapters by Clicking Here.

A huge thanks to everyone, and to let you know that we’re working round the clock to get the next one out. We’ll be announcing it very soon.

Customer Responses:

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“Superb, I learn so much from your subscription series it’s great.
You cover subjects rarely discussed at length and with a sobering honestly that makes the learning proces a joy.
The cinematography and editing is first rate and has a sat in your workshop feel to it.
Long may these series continue.” – Simon H


[column size=one_third position=middle ] “I am not a big fun of posting on the web but could not resist…
This project is a killer — I have learned so much following your videos. The last episode is a revelation — hats off to both of you.
I am looking forward to reading Hellen’s further posts on making paints and, definitely, to your new handy work, Richard.
Thank you very much.
P.S. — The video production quality, design and presentation are stunning.” – Slava R


[column size=one_third position=last ]”Hey Richard, You guys did an excellent job on this project. That ebonizing system you have is awesome. I always thought that ebonizing anything would be entirely too complicated. The results from your method were beautiful. Very much looking forward to the hand plane build. Also thank you Helen for your contributions. Keep up the great work.” – John S [/column]

[column size=one_third position=first ]”You are really setting new standards with this series. Congratulations to this great work, reflecting passion in every aspect.” – Stefan E


[column size=one_third position=middle ]”Richard & Helen, this series was absolutely brilliant. For me, the most important lesson is that hand tools can be used efficiently to make modern designs. Well done!” – Dave W

[column size=one_third position=last ]”Congratulaions, to both of you. You have hit it out the park.
I have never seen a better video presentation/learning experience.” – John T [/column]

[column size=one_third position=first ] “Hi Richard. I’ve just finished watching the last video and I have to say I couldn’t be happier subscribing to the series. The information, the skills, the tricks, everything you showed in the series will surely be a great help for me, actually it has already being a great help. I’m planning to build a few of the tables and trying to sell them where I live (Florianopolis, Brazil).
Contratulations to you and Helen. The quality is superb.
Cheers” – Mariano D


[column size=one_third position=middle ]”Richard and Helen – First off, THANK YOU !!
I’ve been watching Richard on You Tube for a good while and I’m glad that I decided to buy into the videos.
Watching these has been an investment that I’m so very pleased with.
Richard, your educational style is more like two old mates having a conversation and talking shop. DON’T CHANGE IT ! – The reference to something the Scots would drink is hilarious and makes everything so much more fun.
In the “For What It’s Worth” department, I an a sound guy for tv and film here in the States and I’m here to tell you that your production quality is top shelf. I notice the audio is much better in this series than in the spoon rack. Well done. Whatever sound improvements you made from then to now did the trick.
I can’t wait to see whats next !!
Aaron “Cujo” Cooley
Atlanta, Ga. USA

[column size=one_third position=last ] “Richard, the technique in this video is alone worth the entire price of the whole series! I cannot WAIT to try it myself, and in myriad applications. Ebonizing sets my brain swirling with ideas. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!” – Seth G[/column]

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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. Jasper

    Good to see the success. Enjoy!

    International Side Table Conferences are the new fashion this autumn.

  2. Mark Dennehy

    That ebonising was absolutely fantastic. I’m not a huge fan of painted wood pieces – I mean, even really scabby pine just looks better than paint – but that ebonising looks fantastic, doesn’t cover up the wood, and looks about as proper as shellac.

    You’ve probably got six other things planned for the next few serieseseses (how do you stop spelling the plural of that word?), but if in the seventh you could add something on similar traditional finishes, that would reduce the time it takes me to decide to buy it from 0.84 seconds to approximately 0.62 seconds…

    (Oh, and if we can be cheeky and say what we’d love to see in future videos… nobody seems to build lap desks anymore. They used to be fairly commonplace, the shakers built them all the time and so did the english cabinetmakers. And they’re just so bloody handy these days because people do wind up writing or reading or using the interwebs at the end of the day in bed when the kids _finally_ go to sleep…)

    • Jasper

      Last year I was asked to build a lap desk. Admittedly, that was just a plank with folding feet. Not nearly as elaborate as those with drawers and a folding top. And an inkpot.

      Maybe next year the fashion will be International Bedtime Lap Desk Conferences.


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