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This is the introduction for a free series. Want to watch the whole thing? It is free to do so, you just need to log into the site and you can enjoy this series and many other videos we think you will love.


These dovetailed bookends have great project features. They combine various optional extras to help you develop higher levels of joint-making accuracy. The end result is a stunning pair of bookends to enhance any bookshelf that also make a great gift.

The tools you will need are:

  • Knife
  • Square
  • Combination gauge (or marking gauge and mortise gauge)
  • Tape/Ruler (or both)
  • Sliding bevel
  • Dovetail template
  • Chisel hammer
  • Chisels
  • Hand router (see how to make a ‘Poor Man’s Router here)
  • Smoothing plane (No 4)
  • Spokeshave
  • Plough Plane
  • Tenon saw
  • Dovetail saw
  • No 80 Cabinet Scraper
  • Card scraper
  • Brace & bit and hand drill or drill driver
  • Rasp
  • File
  • Screw driver
  • Square Awl
  • Small steel hammer

Joints List:

  • Dovetail
  • Housing dado


  1. Justin Spaeth on 6 January 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I see this as a great learning project for my High School students next year in my Intro to Craftsmanship class. They would love to take these home and show them off. Also, they would love to add or subtract to the design in ways that would make them feel as if they were their own design!


    Thanks Paul and Team


  2. John Purser on 6 January 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you. I do enjoy these smaller projects and my entire family has a constant demand for bookends!


  3. robertparsons81 on 6 January 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks Paul am looking forward to this project as my work shop is only 10 x8 shed, but big enough for me many thanks p,s hope you and the team had a great new year

  4. jperr on 6 January 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Good idea for a smaller project for winter, for those who have no heated workshop so have to work indoors.

  5. beach512 on 6 January 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Great project idea. Also I agree with others that this is a great one to do indoors rather than out in my cold detached shop. I sometimes forget I can do that for wintertime. Looking forward to it.

  6. smahurin on 6 January 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Looking forward to this series. I could use some book ends at my office.

  7. woodruss on 6 January 2017 at 9:39 pm

    I too will have a go at this.
    However I am waiting for cooler weather as it is over 40 deg Centigrade in my shed at moment.
    Adelaide, South Australia.

  8. david o'sullivan on 7 January 2017 at 12:12 am

    ahhh! i was expecting the shaker dresser and i am all geared up for .nonetheless this will be another fantastic lesson

  9. constable415 on 7 January 2017 at 5:08 am

    Bigger, Bigger lol

  10. peteralex on 8 January 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Nice design, robust and fit for the purpose! I consider making out of plywood, but that will give some issues related to the housing dado’s. I will consider that

  11. Greg M on 11 January 2017 at 2:28 am

    I love these smaller projects. I’m new to woodworking so it will be some time before I can tackle rocking chairs or dressers. I’m very thankful that you’re working in projects for those of us early on the learning curve.

  12. Jim Carr on 23 October 2019 at 2:27 pm

    If you haven’t watched this episode yet be forewarned that while the series is listed as a “free project”, only episode one is free and the subsequent episodes are on the paid thread.
    This is only true of this particular project as far as I can see so if you haven’t joined the full site yet understand your only gone to be able to watch the 1st episode.

    • Izzy Berger on 23 October 2019 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Jim,

      We are releasing this as a free project week by week so Episode 2 will be released as a free episode on Friday and episode 3 and 4 will be released in the following 2 weeks.

      Kind Regards,

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