Console Table: Episode 7

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Drawer making is an art in itself and this episode is packed with information on getting the drawer just right. Most of these details are functional, hidden aspects that just make the drawer work better. Paul runs through fitting the drawer back and bottom, as well as glue up and fitting. These skills can be applied widely to other projects that have drawers.  So, watch and learn!


  1. Lex Boegen on 7 August 2019 at 10:29 pm

    I like that technique of putting the drawer in backwards in order to scribe a cutoff line on the sides. Very clever!

  2. SharpPencil on 8 August 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Hi Paul ….thank you for latest on console table…..very interesting

    Can I please say that following your recent release on Utube of instruction using moulding planes…….the first time I watched this I researched the book “British Planemakers from 1700”. Price was far too high for me I’m afraid…….I tried again following Utube and price has shot up …ranging from £60 to £474!!!!
    I found one for £23 from America plus PP at about 40…….I’m sure I’ll be stung for import taxes and vat……

    Best John

    • Ian Lambert on 9 August 2019 at 11:52 am

      Hi John
      If you are really keen to start using moulding planes I can’t recommend more highly “Mouldings in Practice” by Matthew Sheldon Bickford. Published by Lost Art Press and available in the UK from Classic Hand Tools. Very clear instruction on how to create just about any moulding from a very small number of planes. You don’t get the history so it depends what you want.
      Best wishes Ian

      • SharpPencil on 11 August 2019 at 9:50 pm

        Hi Ian and thank you for information……today I took the plunge and bought from ‘ classic hand tools ‘
        Can I recommend to you a series of very interesting books by a very skilled furniture maker and restorer ..
        Mr Charles H Hayward…..Cabinet making for beginners ….staining and polishing….Practical veneering. To list a few
        I have bought these from ABE books for a few pounds each! Also ‘ the woodworkers pocket book ‘ £2.80 inc pp !! An amazing read
        Best wishes John

  3. wdelliott on 9 August 2019 at 7:31 am

    When would you use the mortise and tenon of the rear piece into the sides as you have done before with other drawers?

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 12 August 2019 at 9:33 am


      Thank you for your comment, Paul says:
      It’s just a matter of choice, it’s a signature of my own work. If I were making this for a customer, then I might add this extra feature as standard but not always.

      Kind Regards,

    • joeleonetti on 15 August 2019 at 4:59 am

      Lol. Not that long ago I finished a nightstand for my daughter’s bedroom. For the back of the drawer, did the dado that also had a through mortise and tennon that was wedged based on Paul’s earlier videos. It is a little thing no one will notice but I was quite proud of it and it made me happy while I did it.

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