Door Making episode 2


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It’s time to mark the gauge lines for the tenons of the rails. Then Paul shows a few techniques for cutting the tenons using a combination of the saw and chisel, before using the router to fit them to the mortises. He cuts the haunches and shows how to make sure to align the joints. He then assembled the whole frame to check for twist and cleans them up.


  1. Eddy Flynn on 18 February 2016 at 2:01 am

    great lesson thanks

  2. redwood on 18 February 2016 at 2:17 am

    Great job guys, thanks for this one

  3. Charles "Keith" Willis on 18 February 2016 at 4:14 am

    I am absolutely amazed that with every video I have watched; how each video has helped me progress in my craft. When I started “real wood working” last year, I had no I dea what I was doing,. I have worked in carpentry as a general contractor framing houses, laying wood floors, decks and other things like that, but never this type of craftsmanship.
    This is the most relaxing field that I could have ever chosen to do and I don’t believe that I have ever had “job” that I have been this exicited about completing each project. We have some great funiture in my home now and it has also made my wife very happy,… and you know what that means!
    I said all of that to say this,… Thank you Paul Sellers, and all of those behind the scenes for helping us; people thousands of miles away desiring to learn the craft and becoming a true Mastercraftsman.
    What a Great Man!!!!

    Thank you, Keith

  4. hphimmelbauer on 18 February 2016 at 10:32 am

    It’s the details, which are important, not a fancy Youtube – Show. We all know some of them and I am happy that I stumbled over Paul Sellers Workbench Video. From then on I joined this channel. You learn by watching and listening and I see by myself that I think over, when I do something in my workshop. At the moment I work on a Tools-Waggon which can be parked on either side of the workbench. And I force myself by working like: “It is not important WHAT You are doing, but HOW You are doing.” (Far away from being perfect, I am programmer, now supporter, so not really a handworker. And last, but not least I am Austrian – so I apologize for my poor English).

    • stevewales on 18 February 2016 at 5:19 pm

      You see very clearly the essence of Paul’s teaching – ‘das Kernstück’
      (I think). This way of working has really slowed down my Woodworking, as the handskills are not practised enough yet.
      I know that with patience, practice and this idea, I will eventually become a Craftsman.

  5. knightlylad on 18 February 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you for the lesson.

  6. BrianJ on 19 February 2016 at 2:02 am

    Big takeaway from this one…. The term ” mucho plenty” just before 18 min.
    Paul continues to instruct and entertain. Thank you yet again Paul and team!

    • uumikew on 19 February 2016 at 7:43 am

      That comment must have been from the Texas influence! 🙂

  7. michel on 19 February 2016 at 1:52 pm

    He chamfered the sole of the plane? I understand the reasoning, but from the way he worded it, it sounds like I’ve missed the video in which that occurred. Is it in one of the old tool restoration demos? Was it with wet-dry sandpaper? A file?

    • Dario Payne on 19 February 2016 at 2:15 pm

      It’s quite a recent video on plane restoration, within the last month.

    • albailey on 19 February 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Video is called ‘Restoring the bench plane’ and is in the ‘tools and techniques’ section. Well worth watching and tells you everything you need to know!

  8. António on 17 June 2016 at 12:52 pm

    A big and precious lesson!
    Many thanks

  9. James Lemaster on 20 June 2016 at 4:25 am

    Paul this is what we need to see. It is the little things that make a great project. Thanks Paul

  10. Klaus Schmidt-Schykowski on 30 June 2016 at 1:16 pm

    great craftsmanship.

    We all can learn, what Paul developed over centuries. Things, that work and why things work. I am greatly impressed.

    Need more people, who can transfer knowledge, wisdom to the global society and european society.

    Thanks so much! And all that stuff can be build without a need for electrical energy! Isn’t it great?

  11. William Allen on 8 July 2016 at 5:15 pm

    For Paul or anyone else, what type of plow plane is being used? It looks new?

  12. dicksters on 5 December 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I’m at a loss. Paul make the gauge pins slightly larger than his 1/4″ chisel. The grooves are 1/4,” yet when he puts the gauge onto the groove, they match perfectly. Seems to me they should be a wee bit larger.
    Aside, these are the most informative and interesting videos on the internet. Many thanks to Paul for adding so very much to my woodworking efforts. Simply wonderful!

  13. oscarlottum on 10 July 2017 at 8:44 am

    One of my favourite this is: the Tool Cabinet videos. Thanks Paul, you’ve changed my live.

  14. Stanislav Abramov on 30 November 2021 at 3:14 am

    Man, I’m at a loss. I built the door frame and now it’s twisted. Is this a start over type of situation? What would Paul do?

    • Katrina Sellers on 2 December 2021 at 11:59 am

      I asked Paul what he would do and his reply was:

      It probably is (a start over situation). You can’t change a twisted door frame. You might want to check to see if a door style or rail or twisted using winding sticks at each end and sighting one to the other. If one component has twisted you may be able to cut this away and install a new style that will correct the twisted frame.

    • Joost Borst on 2 December 2021 at 4:23 pm


      I had the same problem making my first chest lid. I put a lot of effort into making sure my wood was straight, square and twist free. Then when I chopped the mortises and cut the tenons I had a laps in attention. I managed to cut them non parallel to the face of my wood.

      I know this is bad advice and practices but what I ended up doing was shaving the top rim of my toolchest to fit my twisted lid.

      If I had the wood available at the time I would have redone the twisted components

      • Ed on 3 December 2021 at 2:52 pm

        When diagnosing a twist, it can be helpful to assemble the frame elements in pairs and see if you can determine which pairs have the twist. Sometimes, you need to do it in threes. Sometimes, you just cannot tell. Another thing that I’ve had happen is that the twist came from the final seating of the joint. In other words, one (or a couple) joints were too tight, rather than hand-in-glove, and the final tapping of them closed led to the twist. So, I had room to adjust and get things flat.

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