1. The very quiet: “I’m going to take that off… less noise that way”, is going to be so useful for me. That singing noise has irritated me quite a bit, but would never have thought of the possibility to take it off 🙂

    Excellent video, thanks!

  2. I am loving these videos. I’ve started course in fine woodworking at the local community college, and the instructor keeps asking me if I would prefer to switch to a more advance course! Of course, as Paul repeatedly points out, what I know in the head isn’t what I know in the body. (BTW, I believe the Chinese (well, some Eastern language) have a word for body knowledge: wrem fa.)

    Anyway, I have a question. At about 13 minutes, where Paul is laying out the mortises on the two end rails, he swaps the two boards end-for-end, because he’s running out of stock to register his square. Is there a reason not to simply flip the square over, so it registers on the same face, but the stock points the other way? To my eye, it seems that would be easier than turning the boards around, realigning them, then place the square on the far side of the boards.



    1. I believe it is just a matter of consistency. If you watch, all the pencil lines ar drawn with the right hand on thr right side of the blade, holding the pencil at a consistent angle. Both viewing and drawing remain consistent this way.

      If he did not flip the stock, and only flipped his square, he would be looking and drawing on the left side of the blade.

      With Paul, it seems that every move has a purpose, he makes it fun to watch.

  3. One other question, given that I have a set of mortising chisels, is there a reason NOT to use them? I think it’s cool that Paul whips these mortises out with a bevel-edge chisel, but wouldn’t a purpose designed tool be even better (for various values of better)?


    1. Hi Randy. Paul did a number of blog post a while back I’ll think you’ll find useful:


      So I don’t think there’s a reason not to use them. One of the reasons we used bevel edged chisels in the videos is that we’re trying to stick to a fairly minimal tool selection in these first videos for those starting out. Oh, and Paul likes the lightness of them for morticing (-: I think it’s a case of having a go and seeing what you prefer. Definitely worth using a mortice chisel and sharpening it to task if, say, you where making several tables at once.
      Hope that helps.

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