Chest of Drawers: Episode 6


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A dovetail is cut into each end of the front divider rails, which will recess into the front edge of the side panels. Paul has developed a jig to increase accuracy and consistency. This is used to cut the dovetails, which are then used one by one to layout each recess before they are cut and fitted. Then we are ready to test the fit of all the frame joinery into the side pieces.


  1. rafi on 15 March 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Watching a Master is fascinating. Thank you for the shared knowledge and experience. Thank you for the encouragement!

  2. southofnonorth on 15 March 2017 at 8:27 pm

    That was special!

  3. rustifer on 15 March 2017 at 11:00 pm

    All very tasty as usual.
    Thanks for teaching me.

  4. joeleonetti on 16 March 2017 at 4:40 am

    Thanks Paul. I can see where gluing this up within the open time of the glue will be interesting.

  5. allaninoz on 16 March 2017 at 11:08 am

    Hello Paul.
    Do you ever or would you ever put a panel within the frames to act as a barrier for dust between the drawers?
    Many thanks,

    • Philip Adams on 23 March 2017 at 11:49 am

      It was very common, but Paul wouldn’t tend to. Nothing wrong with doing it though.

  6. woodwurm on 22 March 2017 at 3:58 am

    Dear Paul,

    doesn’t the dovetail Jig wear out using it many times because of the saw set?

    Thank you very much

    • Philip Adams on 23 March 2017 at 11:40 am

      Hello Martin,
      If you use the same saw with the same set, then the jig would last a long time if care is taken.
      Best, Phil

  7. Michael Ostrander on 12 May 2017 at 6:43 pm

    I’ve used these dovetails on cross members of carcass work for years and it is a very effective way to offer resistance to racking and separation. The difference is I only dovetail the bottom of the rail, I guess a half dovetail, if that makes sense. Does the full,dovetail add significant strength to the joint or is it more for asthetics?

  8. Roy Richardson on 23 November 2017 at 7:31 pm

    What Brand are the Chisels with the Brown Handles?

  9. Ian Hemphill on 8 June 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you Paul! This is where it is so very clear that these masterclasses are truly classes with a master. I’m in awe, and this video really gives us something to aspire to as we make each and every joint.

  10. Flemming Aaberg on 10 March 2019 at 8:35 am

    Love the description of the frame at the end – “corporate entity, superstructure and carcass”

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