Bookshelves: Episode 4

Bookshelf 4

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In this episode, Paul shows us how to do the round-over on the three edges of the top piece with the No. 4 plane. You use the same technique to put the bullnose on the front of the shelves. He also cuts the mortice holes for the cross pieces.

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  1. STEVE MASSIE on 19 February 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks Paul and staff for another great episode. I like this taking the time to so properly how to do each procedure and joint.


  2. dpaul on 19 February 2014 at 8:39 pm

    This method of work is so peaceful to watch, I nearly fall asleep. (Which is NOT to say that it is boring. Just relaxing. Beats a screaming router.)

    • smfield on 20 February 2014 at 5:28 pm

      I actually somewhat use these videos as a sleeping pill, so to speak.

  3. Dennis_C on 20 February 2014 at 1:30 am

    YES! I agree it is so relaxing to watch and enjoy! I truly look forward to each segment.

  4. Cory on 20 February 2014 at 6:06 am

    Outstanding! Your simplicity is quite remarkable. I have watched you work many times and never grow weary of it. What most impresses me is your utter lack of sensationalism. No “arts and mysteries” here. It’s just the way things are done. The techniques require practice, but they are all achievable. Thank you for your matter-of-fact humility. Also, thank you to all the members. I have yet to read anything undignified here.

  5. D.J. King on 21 February 2014 at 3:04 pm


    I couldn’t agree more!!!

  6. DanRode on 27 February 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I gave the bullnose a try last night on a couple of different boards. The problem I ran into was chatter and squeaking when I tried to work the end grain edges. 45 degrees and flatter (toward the face) worked nicely but when I tried anything above 45 degrees the board began to chatter squeak and skip. I lower the piece in the vice as far as possible but I ran out of room before I ran out of squeaks. I have a Sjobergs type bench with wood side and tail vices. They are thicker than a metal vice like Paul’s so that limits low low I can go and still hold the plane at 45-ish degrees.

    • Paul Sellers on 28 February 2014 at 7:45 pm

      I think you should use my oil-in-the-can lubricator at this stage in planing. I use it all the time and it really helps. Remember with pine that the wood is high in resinous oils that create friction not lubrication. That’s where we get the rosin we get that makes the violin stick to the violin strings to give them sound.

  7. Chris Bunney on 28 February 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Another great video – thanks Paul. I really enjoy watching you do those bull nose roundovers! I’m learning so much from this series – it’s a great complement to the Working Wood books. Thanks!

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