1. What are Paul’s thoughts on circular planes? I have a well fettled Stanley #20, and it would make quick and accurate work of the arches.

    On a side note: Jimmy, Robert and the boys make quite good shop music. Herr Mozart is delightful for contemplative design.

    Thank you for the hard work!

  2. Paul – great project! I decided to go with hard maple for the legs and rails for my chest. It was really just a matter of material thickness and maple was what I could locate in 10/4 stock. I’ve milled all the material and completed the basic work on the legs and I’m ready to fit the rails. I just noticed that one of my long rails has revolted and developed a slight bow. If I pinch all four at one end, I have about a 1/8″ gap at the far end on that one rail and it seems to be a pretty uniform sweep so laying flat, it’s out about 1/16″ in the center. I can pinch it flat with just hand pressure. Because the grain is so nice and it matches the other rails so well, I would like to keep it. If I use it as the bottom rear rail, do you think it will cause a problem when it comes time to install the bottom? The back panel might straighten it a little but I’m not counting on that. More than likely, the rail will bow the panel slightly. What are your thoughts?

    1. It’s hard to predict what will wood decide to do.

      If it wants to bow more it will. If it decides to twist, no doubt, it will.

      I usually give it a go andhope it works well. Then if it doesn’t, I start to come up with design additions to bring back the cupping or bowing.

      Hope I was helpful.

    2. Hello Harry,
      Paul said that if you use this piece at the bottom and put the bow to the inside, the base piece of the box will push it out when fitted. You may have to be careful when fitting the panel to align it, but should work out well.

      1. Thank you Philip and thanks to Paul also. I expect that panel will put up a bit of a fight but I think if I’m careful, as you said, it should work. Besides, I have lots of clamps and some really big hammers if it give me too much trouble.

  3. I am loving this series! Paul is a master of his craft. He makes it look so effortless, but I always appreciate when he mentions how tricky a certain task can be. I also respect the fact that he doesn’t hide his mistakes, and he addresses how to fix them. Keep up the great work, sir!

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