This is the first time Paul has taught how to establish a fielded surface to a panel or lid via video and there are several techniques he uses in this small organiser that he hasn’t used elsewhere in his video output. Watching the technique in video with a thorough explanation alongside will be very instructional.

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The importance of fitting tenons into their relative mortise holes with precision should never be underestimated, and Paul deploys tips and techniques to avoid any under-sizing. The frame of the shoe tidy will stand on its own four legs by the end of this video, replete with all the mortises, tenons and grooves completed.

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Making smaller projects like this one can elevate the demand for precise handwork. The box must be made to exacting tolerances, so Paul takes you one step at a time to show how he works to that end.

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Laying out and preparing for 16 mortise holes takes a little thinking through. Paul demonstrates the process of planing and truing the stock, ready for developing the joinery and running the grooves.

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This shoe tidy has a distinctive tambour front which rolls up and down to give access to the shoes inside. It also has a lift-up lid which allows the storage of hats, gloves, and scarves in the top.

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In this episode, we conclude the final joinery and prepare for the testing and checking of all the components for cleaning up the surfaces and gluing up.

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With seven joints to complete, and each joint demanding the accuracy we will rely on for strength and longevity, perfecting this piece can only be done using hand tool working techniques.

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