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When you make a box from scraps and it becomes an heirloom-quality piece from your own hands, something magical takes place. When you break it down into bite-sized bytes in digital mastery too, something uniquely beautiful takes place in tandem. If you follow Paul on this one, you will be starting a tradition parallel to apprenticing, because the methods and techniques have been handed from master to apprentice for millennia and now, perhaps, it’s your turn!

Good luck.


  1. Roland Laycock on 2 January 2020 at 10:33 am

    Look forward to having a go

    • James Peeke on 2 January 2020 at 3:13 pm

      I have recently acquired what I think is mahogany from an old roller blackboard that came out of one of the fire stations at work and was looking for just the right project to use it on and this looks good for it.

    • Christopher Davidson on 8 January 2020 at 8:12 am

      Looks like some good fun and plenty to learn/practice with. I pulled out some maple and bloodwood from the offcuts bin at my local supplier that should contrast each other nicely here. Excited to get rolling on this!

    • Claus Mütter on 16 April 2020 at 9:08 pm

      Dear Paul,
      schools and universities are closed in Bavaria now. I am now my daughter`s ( 9 years old) pedagogue. She wants to be a youtuber by trade. She asked me which tubes I would record to youtube. I anwered: on woodworking but better than Paul Sellers`. She replied: Nobody on earth can do that!
      Stay healthy, the commuity needs you!
      Kind regards
      Alexandra and Claus
      from Würzburg, Germany

  2. redwood on 2 January 2020 at 10:45 am

    Great project, thanks guys.

  3. David R. on 2 January 2020 at 11:08 am

    I was waiting for this one. 👍

    • David Gallaher on 3 January 2020 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you for this to all.
      Wish to add a Happy Birthday greeting to Paul. All my best for another healthy and successful year.

      • Karey on 15 January 2020 at 6:42 pm

        My step one is complete, Just curious to when Episode 2 will be available?

        • Izzy Berger on 16 January 2020 at 8:14 am

          Hi David,

          Episode 2 will be released tomorrow (17th January).

          kind Regards,

          • CB Belanger on 28 January 2020 at 7:20 pm

            When will episode 3 hit the streets? I have one in waiting and one going together tomorrow. Thx

          • Izzy Berger on 29 January 2020 at 8:15 am


            Episode 3 goes out on Friday (31st January) and they are released every other week on a Friday so episode 4 will be released on 14th February.

            Kind Regards,

          • Paul Rowell on 28 January 2020 at 11:59 pm

            Friday 31st

      • Michael Wilkins on 17 February 2020 at 3:17 pm

        I hopefully add this to some of my other works I built some years back since then I have had an heart attack, an surgery with 5 grafts, later a stroke all this within 10 years and now I would like to get back to some nice small woodworking l just become interested in Japanese tools and have acquirers a nice saw a block plane a Japonese square AndI all ready have a pillar drill a desktop saw a jigsaw and other tools from dad I have 5 Stanley planes which I will have to get them out and look them over all cleaned and sharpened when last out then in tool box before everything went crazy I had 1/4 ton of mahogany planks all in my loft.
        I think I could start off with the desktop organizer.
        Brilliant video’a
        Thank you.

  4. Elpida Georgiou on 2 January 2020 at 11:10 am

    What time will it be available?

  5. John Purser on 2 January 2020 at 11:14 am

    Thank you. I’ve been working on my dovetails and precision in anticipation of this project.

  6. btyreman on 2 January 2020 at 11:34 am

    can’t wait to get stuck in, I could do with a few of these.

    • lowpolyjoe on 2 January 2020 at 12:30 pm

      Great project. I used the techniques I learned from your videos to make several of boxes with nearly this exact design over the last few years. Looking forward to seeing if your construction differs from mine – especially with the floor of the upper compartment

  7. Travis Horton on 2 January 2020 at 1:29 pm

    This makes me wonder, after a fifty year adventure in working with wood, just how many knock-offs you have cobbled together that might be useful exercises for us all!

    • beach512 on 2 January 2020 at 3:42 pm

      Great! Thanks for this one. I have been looking forward to this one. I am sure it will be great.

  8. Gabriel Ortiz on 2 January 2020 at 1:59 pm

    This will look great on my desk!

  9. Bill Lyles on 2 January 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Good Day Paul
    I am a late bloomer in the area of wood working craftsmanship. I love the smell of wood in my work shop and by following you I have managed to create some nice pieces. It is a great feeling to look at the finished product and know that it was a rough piece of timber only days before. I look forward to following along while creating this box. Wishing you the best for the coming new year.

  10. Brian Miller on 2 January 2020 at 2:48 pm

    Great looking project. Just my style. Thanks.

  11. Sandy on 2 January 2020 at 2:48 pm

    What… getting a new project before the last one is complete? Your team has been busy! But now I need a few extra day off so I can work on two at the same time!

    Most of the projects I’ve made have been gifts. Each time I see one or decide to build, I already have the person in mind who will be the recipient. Then when I am building the project, I think about that person either in memory or in plan. So, something special goes into the project while I am building.

    Looking forward to this project!

  12. Bryan on 2 January 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Great way to start the New Year! Pusu’l Puna’ne!

  13. SharpPencil on 2 January 2020 at 4:13 pm

    I’ve been really looking forward to this…’s my wife’s birthday 28th Jan. I have loads of wood….so will be making one.

    Thank you John 2v

  14. tas on 2 January 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Yes! Thanks Paul

  15. Drew Achong on 2 January 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Are the plans available for this? I’d love to make one!

    • Izzy Berger on 3 January 2020 at 2:27 pm


      The drawings and cutting list are now available.

      Kind Regards,

      • Stanley Gibson on 31 January 2020 at 3:35 am

        Are the dimensions correct for the divider? 11 1/2 inches?
        Great project.

        • Izzy Berger on 3 February 2020 at 12:26 pm

          Hi Stanley,

          Yes, Paul says it is a question of cutting it longer and then fitting it within the recess.

          Kind Regards,

  16. Keith Walton on 2 January 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Is there’s material list yet?

    • Izzy Berger on 3 January 2020 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Keith,

      The drawings and cutting list are now available.

      Kind Regards,

  17. Amberlyn on 2 January 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Perfect timing! I plan to follow along and also make some modifications to make this a jewelry box.

  18. Dean Schober on 2 January 2020 at 8:31 pm

    This looks like a great project and I can’t wait to see it evolve. As soon as we get a materials list I will head to my local wood supplier where they always have bins of shorts, seconds and milling errors that I find to be a great source of wood for small projects. This looks like something that would lend itself to using bits of different woods which is something I love doing.

    • Izzy Berger on 3 January 2020 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Dean,

      The drawings and cutting list are now available.

      Kind Regards,

      • Jwinter on 5 January 2020 at 7:19 pm

        I believe the drawer back and front should be 10 1/2 inches not 11 1/2, correct?

        • Izzy Berger on 8 January 2020 at 10:17 am


          Thanks for pointing this out! We’ve now amended this on the drawing.

          Kind Regards,

          • Ken Kilby on 11 January 2020 at 3:09 pm

            The drawing and cut list don’t agree.

  19. Dennis Leksander on 3 January 2020 at 1:11 am

    I’m glad you’re going to make a video on making this!. Has see it featured on one of your blogs, and wanted to know hoe to make it.

  20. ted clawton on 3 January 2020 at 4:17 am

    Thanks for doing the detail on the underside (inside?) of the lid, don’t believe I’ve seen you do that before. Looking forward to it. Thanks

  21. Stefaan Verweirder on 3 January 2020 at 8:26 am

    Nice paul cant wait…

  22. dglaurent on 3 January 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Drawer slips in the drawing? I’ve been hoping for a while that Paul would give us a project that used them.

  23. Dylan Van Graan on 4 January 2020 at 4:53 am

    Happy birthday wishes Paul. I’ve been waiting with anticipation for this one since it’s announcement as it came within a week of my niece mentioning that she would love to have a place to keep her growing collection of jewelry and I think this just might be what she needs.

    I also happen to share a birthday with you, so it’s a nice birthday surprise waking up to the first installment of a project that has been awaited with some anticipation. I really hope I can find an excuse to use the spokeshave I added to my bday wishlist during this project!

    All the very best for 2020 to you and your team!!

  24. Markus Rößler on 4 January 2020 at 7:42 am

    I have walnut and pine in stock, the project looks really good.
    Mr. Sellers, I think you’re really great. Since I have seen your work I have gotten some hand tools, including recently a basic planer.
    Translated with Google, I can hardly speak English

  25. 4lexander on 4 January 2020 at 7:50 am

    Hello Paul, thank you for the beautiful projects you show here!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Relax and enjoy your day. I wish you great health and success for this year.
    Best regards,

  26. Cameron Armitage on 5 January 2020 at 6:47 am

    Hi guys, cant wait to try this project out!

    Can you please check the metric conversion for the two end pieces of the main body? I think they should be 127 x 89.


    • Izzy Berger on 8 January 2020 at 10:16 am

      Hi Cameron,

      Thanks for pointing this out! We’ve now amended this on the drawing.

      Kind Regards,

      • David Walton on 11 January 2020 at 2:02 pm

        Not sure if I’m jumping too far ahead but the drawer width on the cut list looks too wide as it’s the same as the front and back of the box

        Looking forward to having a go at this

  27. Ken Kilby on 6 January 2020 at 4:45 pm

    I really like this design. It sparks my imagination. I see it being particularly nice to size it appropriately to hold things that are different but that go together. Writing paper in the top and envelopes and stamps in the drawer. A brace and bits. Carving gouges and a mallet/sharpening accoutrement.

  28. Christopher Johnston on 6 January 2020 at 5:03 pm

    For non English ,a skip is what USA calls a dumpster.A large garbage bin really.

    • robertparsons81 on 11 January 2020 at 3:11 pm

      A great video but I have never Sean so many stop starts in one episode

      • wrstew on 14 January 2020 at 10:34 pm

        You really notice the flow of the edits? Thought that this was woodworking, not video production critique. Must have clicked the wrong club

  29. Pasquale Avocone on 7 January 2020 at 1:44 am

    Giddy up, looking forward to this one..

  30. corbin on 9 January 2020 at 7:39 pm

    When does episode 2 come out?

  31. steven newman on 11 January 2020 at 4:42 am

    Hmmm…I have a nice quarter sawn 4/4 x 6″ x 54″ plank of Ash…..8 of them…..might use one to build a version of this box?

    • wrstew on 14 January 2020 at 10:36 pm

      That’s what- 50/60 boxes! Energetic ain’t ya?

  32. Joseph Palas on 13 January 2020 at 2:24 am

    All glued up and ready for episode 2. Anytime now…

    • Izzy Berger on 13 January 2020 at 12:43 pm

      Hi Joseph,

      Episode 2 will be released on Friday 17th January.

      Kind Regards,

  33. CB Belanger on 14 January 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Great project. Can’t wait to get started and episode 2. Thanks for sharing as always.

  34. Nigel Richardson on 14 January 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Will Episode 2 be coming at some point? (Or is just Ep 1 in the free library?)

  35. tompslattery on 15 January 2020 at 12:21 am

    If you were going to use 2 contrasting wood colours any thoughts on the orientation? Ie. dark for the long ends and light for the short, or vice versa

    • Izzy Berger on 16 January 2020 at 4:10 pm


      Paul says: I certainly don’t have a preference, and think it’s just a matter of opinion. Always remember that dark tends to dominate so you should consider this an element in good design.

      Kind Regards,

  36. Fred Garratt on 17 January 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Have picked up a lot of tips from this series that I can use in many ‘Boxy’ type projects.
    Many thanks Paul and NO you are not a Novice!

  37. Tom T on 18 January 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Paul and team

    Thanks so much for another great project. After watching episode 2 and seeing the method Paul uses to attach the bottom with glue only I wondered if Paul has ever had problems with this given the cross-grain gluing of sides to bottom? Is the area too small to worry about that perhaps?


  38. Steve Kahn on 19 January 2020 at 5:37 pm

    How do you install the divider that makes for the bottom of the lift-lid compartment, and which separates it from the drawer–especially since it seems the divider is added after the carcass is built. Thanks.

    Beautiful–and, for the one developing his skill set–manageable project!

  39. steven newman on 20 January 2020 at 2:31 am

    Waiting on the next exciting episode…..mainly for making the drawer….Working with 1/4 sawn Ash, right now….Will try yo get the lid done…

  40. Steven Swann on 24 January 2020 at 8:05 pm

    I absolutely love this. Great project Paul! When is the 3rd video out? Looking forward to it!

  41. Paul Rowell on 25 January 2020 at 3:19 pm

    They are released every two weeks, and then on YouTube a week later.

  42. Sandy on 6 February 2020 at 11:16 pm

    No hurry on the 4th one now. I screwed up my lid and will have to do that one again. Haha!

  43. Randall Cates on 10 February 2020 at 8:38 pm

    I very much enjoy whenever Paul puts out another video. Planning to make a couple of these (after I finish all my other projects)🙃 my question for Paul is this. This is Meranti wood that you’re working with, but in the videos I can’t distinguish it from sapele. Could Paul please expound a bit on the differences some time?

    • Izzy Berger on 13 February 2020 at 3:54 pm

      Hi Randall,

      Paul says:
      The only real difference is that Sapele is more dense and harder than Meranti, that said sometimes Meranti will be hard but generally it’s quite soft.

      Kind Regards,

  44. Brodie Bancroft on 5 March 2020 at 11:16 am

    Hi Team,

    Where did Paul purchase the hinges for this project from? Good quality brass hinges are quite hard to come by first time.



    • Izzy Berger on 5 March 2020 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Brodie,

      Paul orders unbranded ones from eBay.

      Kind Regards,

    • sanford on 6 March 2020 at 7:21 am

      Horton Brass is supposed to make decent hinges and they are selling a few on ebay. I ordered some but have not gotten them yet. They are the PB-405 box and clock hinges. They sell on ebay for $12.57 with free shipping. On their website they are more like $15 with shipping extra, I believe. They are 1 inch tall and made for 1/2 inch boards. They are 3/32 inches thick, which is not bad for modestly priced hinges.

  45. Ben Ellenberger on 14 March 2020 at 4:46 pm

    This was perfect timing! I’d been thinking about doing drawers with thin sides and slips for the bottom in the next thing I make, so I appreciated seeing it done by Paul.

  46. Ilir Gorani on 6 May 2020 at 2:27 am

    Are we supposed to glue the divider to the strips? I have a nice snug fit on mine but I’m not sure whether to apply glue on the strips.

    • Izzy Berger on 7 May 2020 at 4:19 pm


      Paul says:
      No, you don’t need to glue it. You may find it handy not too because if something got stuck in the drawer you could always remove that panel.

      Kind Regards,

  47. Dale Smith on 12 May 2021 at 6:02 pm

    It looks like most of the box sits on a piece of solid wood. What is the rule of thumb for this sort of construction with regard to wood movement — how wide can the solid-wood bottom be before its expansion and contraction could cause problems? Or am I thinking about this incorrectly? Thanks!

    • Izzy Berger on 10 June 2021 at 9:21 am


      Paul says: No. It’s a good question. I usually opt for around 6”. It is shrinkage that results in splitting so drying the wood to around 6-8% is a good option if you want to go wider. There are no guarantees though.


  48. James Lane on 21 June 2021 at 8:09 pm

    This is such a great project. I really enjoyed the videos and actually tried making one of my own. This was my first attempt at one of Paul’s designs and I really enjoyed the process.

  49. Mark Rogers on 18 February 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Do you have dimensions?

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