Chest of Drawers: Episode 8


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We’re ready for some of the detailing on the cabinet to make it look more elegant. Paul adds some arching and additional sections on the legs, as well as some clamping holes and rebates. Paul starts with the layout and fitting of the undercarriage which has a stub mortise and tenon.


  1. Michael Barnes on 29 March 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Is there no way you could use draw bore pins to pull those joints together rather than cutting holes for clamps?

    • Philip Adams on 3 April 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Michael, that might be possible, but it would make the glue up quite tricky. And the holes are never seen anyway.

  2. Farred on 31 March 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Paul Sellers, making the complex simple. I love the clamping idea.

    I use an aluminum yardstick rather than a strip of wood–gives a more uniform curve.

  3. bsddude on 31 March 2017 at 5:04 pm

    The beauty of using strips of wood is the ability to plane variable thicknesses to create asymmetric curves as well as. you can make several different versions with different tapers to obtain different curve rates.

    • Farred on 31 March 2017 at 5:34 pm

      The problem I run into with wood is the density varies enough to not get a uniform curve. Aluminum is constant. I guess for some applications you might want an asymmetrical curve.

  4. Paul Benoit on 5 April 2017 at 3:36 am

    Even coming from a shipbuilding and design background, I hadn’t thought of using curve or spline to layout those curves. By fixing the center and and curving it to your end of the curve at the side will produce a smooth curve. I personally like the curve produced when leaving the end of the spline free beyond the side point.

  5. Clay Enos on 8 April 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Sorry… posted this question in the wrong spot. When I went to the comments for the correct video, I saw that it had already been answered.

    Great series, by the way!

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