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This clothes airer is designed to build skill and teach two new joints; a wedged round tenon combined with a stopped housing dado and a sliding dovetail with housing dado. Paul introduces the optional use of a bandsaw alongside the predominance of hand tools to make this handy project.

Tool List

  • Knife
  • Square
  • Combination gauge (or marking gauge and mortise gauge)
  • Tape/Ruler (or both)
  • Dovetail template
  • Chisel hammer
  • Chisels (at least 1/4″ (6mm), 3/8″ (8mm), 1/2″ (12mm), 3/4″ (18mm) and 1″ (25mm)
  • Hand router (see how to make a ‘Poor Man’s Router here)
  • *Small hand router
  • Smoothing plane (No 4)
  • Jack Plane (No 5) (optional but recommended if preparing your wood from rough sawn)
  • Spokeshave
  • Handsaw
  • Tenon saw
  • Dovetail saw
  • No 80 Cabinet Scraper
  • Card scraper
  • Brace & bit and hand drill or drill driver
  • Rasp
  • File
  • Screw driver
  • Square Awl


  1. David B on 1 November 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Bandsaw, eh? Not the first project I’ve seen it in (making a wooden plane). Will you be showing how to do that curve without a bandsaw as well (or should I assume basic stop-cuts and spokeshave/scraper work)? Like the project–like that it has moving parts too. Don’t think I like the name much though. In the States I think it’s just a “drying rack”. “Clothes Airer” gets stuck in my mouth when I try to say it! 🙂 The project also looks like it may not require much cash outlay in the wood side.

    I believe that Paul is hearing and addressing some of the recent negativity and criticism around project difficulty/sophistication by highlighting the 2 new joints and stressing the aspect of skill building for larger projects down the road (such as X, Y, Z…).

    Anyway, looks like fun and I’m sure I could use at least one of these somewhere in my house. Thanks Team!

  2. Hugo Baillargeon on 1 November 2018 at 3:24 pm

    sound awesome for me!

    Thank you !

  3. beach512 on 1 November 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Great looking project. Looking forward to watching and learning how to do the round tenon and the tapered dovetail on the leg.

  4. Hugo Baillargeon on 1 November 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Other comment :

    For the ones with no bandsaw, please show us how to do it without. Naturally, you did it already in numerous other videos, but would like to see it again on that project.

    Thank you.

  5. Darren on 1 November 2018 at 5:18 pm

    This looks interesting.

    What will it be finished with? Conscious of wet / damp clothes being on it for long periods?

    • Philip Adams on 2 November 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Certainly needs taking into consideration. Paul didn’t apply a finish to this one, as any finish can trap moisture.

  6. Nathan Fletcher-Jones on 2 November 2018 at 3:11 am

    Brilliant!!. Looks like a really nice piece. Can’t wait.

  7. jeffdustin on 4 November 2018 at 11:35 pm

    I want to see a spring pole lathe and a wooden, human powered bandsaw!

  8. Olivier COURTAUX on 7 November 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Good evening,
    What species of wood we can use for this project ?
    Best regards

    • Eloise Rees on 9 November 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Olivier, I asked Paul this question for you and he said most hardwoods or softwoods are suitable for this build. Paul recommends choosing a light wood as dark woods can impart colour.

  9. david o'sullivan on 8 November 2018 at 12:39 am

    I do hope Paul introduces the bandsaw more often as I believe it the only machine a hand tool woodworker needs .and wouldbecome a very economical investment when one considers the capabilities.
    I love love to see how he goes about settling it up for various tasks as this content is hard to find especially from experienced craftsman

    Thank Dave

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