Blanket Chest: Episode 3

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With the rail stock selected, Paul cuts the grooves, being careful to avoid tearout, then cuts and fits the tenons into the leg mortises.


  1. willyd57 on 11 April 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Paul. I have problem when it comes to obtaining the correct lumber for the legs of this project. The drawing calls for 2 1/8″ thick lumber. The best I could do is to buy 1 3/4″, a full 3/8″ shy of the spec. Am I dead in the water, or can I make that work?

    • SharpPencil on 11 April 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Use 75mm Bill and cut down with your sharp rip saw.
      Easy Peasy

    • Patrice Gagné on 12 April 2018 at 12:33 am

      Bill, can’t you find any 12/4 (3”) rough stock? With the straightening and the squaring of the piece, you’ll be left with only a thin rip to get your piece down to 2 1/8″…

      • Farred on 14 April 2018 at 2:34 pm

        I rarely find hardwood in 12/4. I’m sure he can adapt the plans to 7/4. In fact, a key aspect of woodworking is working around available wood.

      • willyd57 on 17 April 2018 at 8:32 am

        I live in a very small town in the midwestern US. I am quite lucky to have a source of hardwood with in an hours drive at all. And the thickest stock they sell is 8/4. That kind of sucks, but I hate to bitch about it because as I said, I’m quite lucky to have that, or I would be cutting my own trees down.

    • Philip Adams on 16 April 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Hello Bill,
      Laminating stock from thinner stock for the legs should work just fine.

  2. Harvey Kimsey on 12 April 2018 at 1:34 am

    Interesting to see how careful Paul is when trimming the little haunch on the tenon, since any gaps would show in the final piece.

  3. ted clawton on 12 April 2018 at 5:08 am

    This is beautiful. We’re all collectively very lucky to have such a fine craftsman share his knowledge with us. Thanks, Paul. I learn everyday. And I intend to keep learning every day until I die.

  4. rpriceca on 14 April 2018 at 2:04 am

    It’s amazing to realize that this educational video of a master will live for ever on the internet. I find it so relaxing to watch knowing that nothing will go wrong and calm careful hand work will result in a beautiful piece of woodwork. Thank you Paul.

    • David Alvarez on 12 November 2019 at 1:14 pm

      I have to say, I find these videos the most helpful when Paul actually does mess up, as opposed to “knowing that nothing will go wrong.” We’re all human beings, after all, even Paul Sellers. His skill is most evident when, after messing up, he shows us all how he managed to fix it, resulting in “a beautiful piece of woodwork,” as you say. No, its the saving oneself after the inevitable screw up that truly displays his mastership is his (and, if we persevere, maybe our) craft.

  5. harry wheeler on 1 May 2018 at 4:33 pm


    On the drawing front view, please check the inside width dimension. I think it should be 28″ and not 28 1/8″ as shown.


  6. Sol on 29 July 2019 at 8:44 pm

    what is the depth of the groove? Did I miss it?

  7. Laura Dicus on 15 August 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Loving the tutorial but just have to know what the music is! Love it.

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