The Side Table & Bridle Guides



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Over Three Hours of Footage In 5 High Quality Videos + PDF Plans.


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The Full Series Has 5 Quality Chapters

Over 3 Hours HD Footage

PDF Plans & Cutting List

While building this side table, we aim at perfection. We learn core skills that you’ll develop for use in all of your future projects, and we take a rather unconventional look at cutting the bridle joint. We’ve created a bridle guide system, which you’ll build & fettle, allowing you to cut perfect joints, straight off the saw. 
After you’ve made the side table, we hope you’ll go on and take the ideas & your new guides, and put them to use in many other projects.

What You’ll Learn

The Side Table Series is much more than simply building a small table. We go in depth to cover core techniques of woodworking with hand tools. We’ve made these short summary videos for each Chapter, to help give you a idea of what we’ll cover.


What You’ll Need

The side table can be built from one rough sawn board of timber. 
1″ x 9″ x 8′
25mm x 230mm x 2.4m
The Bridle Guides can be built from a length of timber about 1″ x 2″ ( 25mm x 50mm) in section.

Magnets for guides (optional)
(4x) 3/8″ x 2″ (10mm x 50mm) This size is not important & round magnets will also work.


The Tools

We build with minimal and basic hand tools to focus on mastering our skills with this essential kit.

– Panel saw

– Small tenon saw (I’ve used a Japanese joinery saw for cutting the shoulders of the joints)

– Hand plane (I use my No 5 Jack plane throughout the build, with two irons to allow both roughing and smoothing cuts. A No. 4 hand plane will also do. )

– Marking tools (tape measure, steel rule, marking knife, square, bevel)

– Chisels 1/4″ (6mm) for joinery. A wider chisel will also be useful for shaping

– Mallet

– Brace / Egg-beater type drill (You’ll also need a bit to correspond with your fixing choice)

– One of those kid’s plastic protractors (I prefer the see-through ones)

hand tools


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