Bedside Cabinet: Episode 8

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The back panel is cut to size. Then it is rebated and fitted into the groove in the sides of the cabinet. Then the drawer crossmember is beveled in preparation for the  glue up. With that drying, the stock for the drawer is prepared before the dovetails are cut.


  1. chrisw45 on 3 January 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you Paul for this Video 🙂

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  2. bobeaston on 3 January 2018 at 9:31 pm

    NOW we KNOW!!!!
    The real secret to a fast smooth glue-up is having the right music. 🙂


  3. mxbroome1 on 4 January 2018 at 2:16 am

    I would love to know what screws you generally keep on hand or do you work it out for each project ahead of time? When do you favor which diameter? Do you typically use the brass even in hidden areas? I guess less chance of staining with the brass.

    • joshuashebert on 4 January 2018 at 3:38 am

      That’s a good question. I am wondering the same thing?

    • jakegevorgian on 4 January 2018 at 8:02 am

      I think Paul used wood screws usually called as “gold” screws in stores.

      If it were Brass screws, Paul would have used paste wax on them and definitely would have driven the screws by hand as brass screws can be quite brittle and break easily.

      • Philip Adams on 9 January 2018 at 2:06 pm

        That’s right Jake. Paul generally uses the ones that don’t need pre-drilling and has a mixed box handy. Brass screws are reserved for hinging and other visually prominent features.

  4. GeorgeRountree on 6 January 2018 at 5:31 pm

    What are the considerations for knive vs. pencil when marking pens from tails?

    • deanbecker on 9 January 2018 at 3:19 pm

      I use pencils to lay out joints so as not to cut a wrong one
      I use a knife wall to get the exact cut line i want to saw or cut to.
      The knife wall is a lot finer than almost any pencil line

  5. Anthony Greitzer on 11 January 2018 at 12:30 am

    Were half-blind dovetails not used for aesthetic reasons?

    • Edmund on 11 January 2018 at 1:52 am

      Well, you can transform them into half-blinds if you like — just laminate 1/4″ of wood onto the drawer front

    • Philip Adams on 16 January 2018 at 2:57 pm

      A drawer front will be attached later, so half-blind dovetails were not necessary.

  6. Waldo Nell on 9 December 2018 at 6:38 am

    A late question, but why the screws? Is the point of all the joinery not to be able to build the cabinet without the need for screws? Pardon my ignorance.

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