Paul is now on the last few steps of completing the construction of the bench itself. He starts this episode by cutting and fitting the wellboard.
In this episode, Paul shows how to lay out the joinery for the arm.
Paul kicks off this episode by attaching the apron to the leg frames. He then continues to complete the next step by gluing the bench top to the apron. Once this is done Paul works on fixing the bench top to the bearers by screwing it into place. Paul then finishes this episode off by fixing the supporting rails for the wellboard into place.
With the garden looking decidedly bright and beautiful, Paul brings us this perfectly formed Garden Bench. The use of drawbore joinery means that no glue is used in this project. On the aesthetic side, it showcases those subtle touches that Paul is so adept at using to bring a piece together and elevate it above the merely functional. It’s also very comfy.
Drawer bottom grooves are up first in this fifth episode. Paul uses a plough plane to make the grooves and then moves on to cutting the housing dadoes for the back of the drawer. Paul has a few tricks of the trade that make this process a bit faster. He then fits the drawer bottom by bevelling the sides of bottom piece to fit the groove.
The leg frame joinery is a very precise fit and things can go wrong if you are not experienced with how to deal with what we call glue freeze. One of Paul’s leg frames starts to stick but Paul explains throughout the glue up exactly how he deals with stubborn assemblies for a successful outcome…
Paul kicks off this episode by measuring up the drawer fronts. He demonstrates how to measure the front panels to ensure a snug fit into the carcass. After planing the ends of the drawer front, using his Knifewall technique, Paul cuts the wood down to size. After this he continues with the drawer construction and demonstrates the layout and the cutting for the half-lap dovetail joints.