You can use a wall bracket to support anything from a shelf to a wall cabinet. Paul shows how he would make a bracket to be used with fine pieces of furniture. This includes houndstooth dovetails and angled mortise and tenons for increased strength.

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Accuracy is essential to making this wall bracket, so Paul has hand planed the stock to exact parameters. He then uses a storyboard to layout the bracket, starting with the dovetailed corner. Once the houndstooth tail is cut, Paul transfers the layout and cuts the recess, with a backer to ensure accurate cutting.

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Paul uses a knife to transfer the layout from the dovetail. Then the recess can be cut, paying careful attention to remove the correct sections. The final fitting is key, and ensures that the joint is tight and square. We can then move onto laying out the mortice and tenons on the crossmember, transferring the…

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Having transferred the layout of the crossmember, it can be cut to length at the appropriate angles. The tenons are then laid out, taking particular care with the angled shoulders. We are then ready to cut the mortises in preparation for cutting the tenons. Paul split cuts one tenon and saws the other to width,…

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With all the joinery done, the shape can be refined. Paul shows how to layout and cut some stopped chamfers on all the edges as well as arching the brace using stop cuts and the spokeshave. Then we’re ready to pre-drill some pilot holes in preparation for gluing and screwing. You then have all you…

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