Description Have you ever wanted to make a chess board for your own use, or as a gift? Making a chess board trains you in various aspects of accurately dimensioning stock, geometric arrangement and exacting joinery. This includes many interesting extra details and a high level of finish. The tools you will need are: Knife…
In this series, Paul shows how to make a Craftsman-Style rocking chair that he designed and has been making for decades. Working with oak stock, Paul shows how to construct the mortise and tenon frames, including arched rails and angled tenons for the side rails. He discusses how to shape the rear legs and rockers by hand, before upholstering and finishing the chair to round out the finished project.
These dovetailed bookends have great project features. They combine various optional extras to help you develop higher levels of joint-making accuracy. The end result is a stunning pair of bookends to enhance any bookshelf that also make a great gift.
Paul has designed and made this Shaker-style dresser or chest of drawers to demonstrate the techniques and considerations needed in larger case work. There are features surrounding the joinery that allow for the contraction and expansion of the wood, yet the same joinery ensures longevity in a piece designed to last through centuries of use. It can be adapted to individual needs and specification and is a great project to advance your woodworking skills.
Paul introduces a brand new design. This highly defined and refined keepsake box features curved sides with stepped and angled dovetails. With its floating panels, top and bottom, which are fitted into grooves, Paul created the dynamic allowing for expansion and contraction. This might make it seem a complicated project, but Paul takes you through it step by step to make an heirloom piece. It can be scaled and customised for a variety of uses.
Paul’s latest design for a laptop desk combines opposing curves and rounded sections to create a new and modern look. It features shaped legs, dovetailed aprons AND desk-top bins for convenient storage with neatness. This is a great project for developing new woodworking skills and techniques including creating and using your own veneers.
Stepladders made from wood have almost disappeared, but not because they don’t work or work well. Paul introduces a design he has developed which includes key features to enhance stability, usability and long term durability. A real lifetime ladder that you will enjoy making as much as having around the house and workshop.
A fly swat is a very handy thing to have around, but you don’t have to have an ugly, cheap piece of plastic around the house. Paul shows his design for an elegant fly swat that is simple to make.
This bedside cabinet uses Paul’s mortise and tenon system to develop truly accurate and crisp looking joinery. The divider rail is a unique design feature Paul developed for this project.
Blanket chests, also known as hope chests in the USA, were used for storing valued items as well as bulky duvets, quilts and blankets, but you might also use them to store and protect many other family possessions such as photo albums, childrens toys, crafting supplies or indeed your collection of woodworking tools.