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          1. Ken, it’s not my cache. When you click on the coffee table title directly you’ll see the project info and two episodes. Both episodes have episode 1 as title. But the link in episode 2 says: go to episode 2. This is correct, but the title within this box says episode 1. Hard to explain without a screenshot ๐Ÿ™‚

          2. Ha ok I see that now. I never click on that I just chose episode 2 from the drop down box. But yes you are correct. HaHa we got there ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Great instruction once again! For anyone who may have a hard time picturing how the wood is being pared away inside the mortise, Paul made an excellent video using glass on one side of the wood so you can see what’s happening inside the wood.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_NXq7_TILA
    I’ve used his technique and it really does work great. After a few mortises I had the hang of it and they really do go quite quickly once you get used to the process.

  2. Paul, I really appreciate the education you are providing. In this video you discuss the sounds of the chopping, to indicate you are at the bottom of the mortise. Are there signs and or sounds that would indicate that a chisel is in need of sharpening? I am having a difficulty in determining the proper time to stop work and sharpen my tools.
    ~Seth

  3. Seth
    I tend to determine that my tools are sharp if the blade snags on my thumb nail if it slides over the nail I think it is time to re-sharpen .
    I would be interested if anybody has other ways of checking

  4. I want to lean to use both power and hand tools on my projects. I have never been taught the proper sequence of preparation. In the past I just jointed and planed to thickness and sanded the project. If one uses a jointer and planer to size their stock, how much over size, on the average, would be the proper size to go with? If I were cutting out aprons, would I be better off to prepare one face on all of them before cutting them to thickness? I’m just wondering what others do that use power tools to rough size their material?

  5. great lesson… i have a couple of questions… 1. with the guide your only able to flush up one side of the mortise, what do you do about the other side to get it perfect like the first side
    2. i have watched all of paul’s lessons at least once as of Oct 2018 but i still don’t understand why you would choose one joint over another… i understand that it you would choose it based on function and appearance but how do you know which joint is stronger in relationship to the stresses that will be placed on it… ie… mortise and tenon for a leg vs sliding dove tail…

    1. Hello Frank,
      1. You can clean up the other side if necessary by clamping a block to the edge of the mortise and use it as a registration.
      2. We will try and include more discussion of design in future project as a lot of it is learnt through experience of designing, adapting and making projects.
      Hope that helps,
      Phil

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