Bedside Cabinet: Episode 5

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With the frames together, the joinery for the case of the cabinet can be laid out. The mortises are cut to exact depth and the rails prepared.


  1. Edmund on 13 December 2017 at 3:47 pm

    From a Seiko to a Fitbit — can’t stop change 😉

  2. Tom Davies on 15 December 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Would this method of joining the two side panels together (ie dovetailed top rail, stub tenon bottom rail) be appropriate for something like the cupboard on the floor behind you?

  3. Tom Davies on 15 December 2017 at 12:32 pm

    With these mortises, you use a knifewall to establish the exact length, whereas for the side frames and door, you just worked to pencil line. Is there are particular reason for this? Is accuracy in this dimension more critical for these joints than for the ones in the frames?

    On the other hand, I notice that here, you don’t use a guide block for positioning of the mortise, whereas for the frames you did. Again, is there are reason why things are done this way?

    • Philip Adams on 18 December 2017 at 5:17 pm

      Hello Tom,
      When cutting a mortise in a ploughed groove, it is very difficult to establish a knifewall. You certainly can work to a knifewall when possible.

      For shallow mortises, a guide is not necessary for alignment, which is why they are used in deeper mortises.

  4. dicksters on 23 December 2017 at 3:10 am

    Phillip – The second long, 2″ board was used for what purpose?

    • Philip Adams on 3 January 2018 at 2:05 pm

      Hello Dick,
      In this it is just used as a reference point, but it is stock for aspects that have not yet been covered. Does that answer your question?
      Best, Phil

  5. Harvey Kimsey on 17 January 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Lovely to watch the intuitive way Paul lays out the shoulder lines and the mortises using the actual panels, rather than transferring measurements or doing lots of calculations from the cut list.

  6. Derek Plattsmier on 18 October 2021 at 11:06 pm

    hello WWMC team,
    I’m wondering what kind of wood Paul is using for the inner construction. I know the outside is curly maple & ripple sycamore but the darker wood he’s using to join the interior of this piece looks like maybe cherry, alder or some other darker wood (darker than the above two woods).

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