As this project draws to a close, it’s time for those important finishing touches.
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.
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.
In this episode Paul completes the carcass of the Tool Drawer. Firstly, Paul demonstrates how to cut the divider mortise and tenon and then continues with creating grooves for the back panel.
Paul starts off with some rather wavey wood and shows us just how to handle it when marking out the stepped tenon joints on the side panels. Paul cuts, shapes and pares down the tenon sections for a neat fit, before moving on to mark out the location for the shelf divider.
Paul begins laying out the panel sizes for the project and then carefully cuts and squares the sections which will become the top, bottom and sides of the Organiser. He then marks out the grooves which will receive the side panels. Next, Paul works methodically and meticulously to cut the grooves across the grain using knife, router and chisels.
At first, it may appear a simple project; however, this piece encompasses many interesting complexities such as tenoned housing dadoes for drawer backs, ultra long housing dadoes, ploughing grooves, drawer sizing and fitting, and much more. Paul made his first one over two decades ago and it has since become an indispensable part of his workshop.