1. Hi Lance,

      Paul says:

      No you can do that, but remember the concept of the rebate is not traditional, it’s my idea and it works especially well for half- lap dovetails and that’s why I came up with it.

      Kind Regards,

      1. I don’t wish to take anything away from Paul’s expertise, but this method was described in an old textbook (out of copyright) that I found a few years ago (probably Google Books or Toolemera or Wictor Kuc’s old web site or other anyways, I’m sure it was published long before Paul was born- maybe someone else here has found the reference and can post a link?). Paul re-discovered the idea, but probably not much is totally new in handcraft. No matter, it is a great technique, and I am grateful for his instruction.

        A question re Drawer construction: I was wondering why Paul never uses grooved drawer slips glued to the inside walls of a drawer to secure the drawer bottom? These seem to be described in old text books as “to be found in higher class of work”, and are supposedly better/stronger than a simple groove in the drawer front and sides. I think it was the same textbook I described above (that I can’t find right now unfortunately) that showed some of these techniques. I don’t think I have seen Paul talk about these in the video or on his blog?

        1. At times also called the [Stanley] 140 trick, often attributed to Alan Peters (1933 – 2009). Convergence on techniques, guides, jigs, and so on, is probably common.

          Both Lie-Nielsen and Veritas offer contemporary versions of the 140. Not a necessary tool, but it does simplify more than rebates for dovetail joints

          1. That is my understanding as well. I first learned of the 140 trick from Kelly Mehler who credits Allen Peters, and perhaps the best there is at cutting dovetails today, Rob Cosman, also learned from and attributes the technique to Allan Peters.

        2. Hi,

          I passed your question on to Paul and he says:
          There are probably many things that I do and take credit for that were probably in existence probably before I came along, I would never claim something to be mine if I knew it existed before.

          I have and do use grooved drawer slips on some of my projects.

          Kind Regards,

  1. Nice video which confirm what I have done (my 1st and 2nd organiser were published in the gallery goodness today).
    However, it was easier to see how to make half-bind dovetails in the drawer/workbench customisation video as it is in a larger scale and in pine. The technique is the same.
    It is nevertheless interesting to see how Paul holds his chisel when working on smaller and more delicate parts (not to say that the final quality is different).

    I also made a shallow rabbet at the underside of the top-compartment bottom.

    Interesting mention by Paul about the sides/dovetails compressing more then the end grain of the front/pins when clamping.
    This is a point which I have to take into account when clamping a drawer because flushing the joint (ever so slightly) afterwards makes the drawer front width narrower.

  2. Excellent video as usual. Im a bit behind, just finished my bench, Yea! and am now scouring around for som salvage wood to make this project. There is a pallet company not far from me and I wonder if they have scraps, these are all small bits and Im not fussy about all the wood matching at this point.

  3. Thanks for this awesome free project, Paul’s generosity is truly remarkable. I have Just a (probably stupid) question, why did Paul use the hand router plane to make the rebate instead of a rebate plane like the Stanley #78 or even a shoulder/bullnose plane?
    Thanks to Paul and the whole WWM team.

    1. In my opinion,
      in the hierarchy of essential tools,
      – the router plane comes before the plough plane;
      – the plough plane comes before the rabbet plane;
      – the rabbet plane comes before the bulnose plane.

      Until I master a rabbet plane, I will use the router plane. However, my plough plane can be used to make rabbet up to 10 mm wide.
      The advantage of the router plane to refine rabbets, is that it works equally well on end grain and on long grain.

    2. Hi,

      Thank you for your question.

      Paul says:

      The knifewall ensures dead on squareness and goes hand in glove with the use of the router, each complimenting the other. A rebate plane would be much higher risk and less accurate going across the grain. The bullnose plane of course has no fence and depth stops.

      Kind Regards,

      (@COMBOPROF this should answer your question too.)

  4. At 29:36 Paul was living in the future for a moment 🙂

    I’m really excited to get back to the project. The hint about flipping the front to see if it still lines up with the bottom is meant for me. My front is square, but my opening is not. I’m going to adjust the front and hope it won’t show too much.

  5. Hi,
    Thank you for great instructional videos.

    Now… could you tell us a bit more on the grind of the bevel side of your chisel? Please.
    Especially the narrow one seems to have the back corners removed.

    /Antti from Finland 🙂

    1. Hi Antti,

      Paul says:
      It’s only the narrow one. I bevel the sides of the bevel itself to give me optimum access to the inner corners in dovetailing. I have never been able to expound on this, because it has too many complexities to it.

      Kind Regards,

        1. Hi Colin,

          Paul said:
          You should remember that tool makers most often never use the tools but they do invent things because they need to sell things. The more they can persuade you that you need, the higher their profit margins.

          Kind Regards,

      1. Izzy,

        Could a couple of high quality photos of Paul’s chisel with “bevel the sides of the bevel” be posted somewhere? It will give me a good basis to start experimenting. This sounds useful!

  6. Your bevel edged chisels have an extra bevel on the top, allowing the cutting edge into very tight corners, my question is, did you make this modification yourself or purchased as dedicated dovetail chisels ?

    Thank you for your love of teaching.
    Peter in sunny Liverpool.

  7. Dear Paul
    I like yourself started out with an interest in woodworking. I am now 78 years old and over the years since the age of 15 I started buying tools. I am so impressed on how sharp you keep your chisels, plane blades etc., I was made redundant from Rolls Royce Bristol & with my Wife3’s support went to college & did furniture making the outcome was a City & Guilds qualification. I wish that the instructors was as precise as you with their instruction, I think that you are brilliant in the way that you explain your methods in joint making & all the other projects that you demonstrate. I cannot get enough of your videos, well done Paul & I hope that you are gradually settling into your new home.
    Robin Bishop 19th February 2020

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