Dovetail Caddy Episode 1

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In this episode Paul will show how to make the double dovetail for the back corners of the caddy detailing each and every step. In cutting these dovetails Paul will show a technique for using a backing piece to keep the cuts perfectly square.


  1. Ken on 28 March 2013 at 10:07 am

    Thanks guys, what a great little project. I did not expect this one. πŸ™‚

    • Joseph Sellers on 28 March 2013 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Ken.

      We thought those who aren’t ready to start the coffee table might need a project to keep them going. πŸ™‚

      BTW, this video is viewable by all members free or paid.

  2. Michael van Zadelhoff on 28 March 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Nice surprise. Thanks. I can watch woodworking all day long, but I must not forget to do some work myself πŸ™‚

  3. Eddy Flynn on 28 March 2013 at 4:37 pm

    thanks guys we all like a bonus from time to time;)

  4. kelly on 28 March 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I like that little trick for cutting the dove tails. I want to call it a “dove tail miter box.” πŸ™‚

  5. bobeaston on 28 March 2013 at 4:47 pm

    This bonus is very much appreciated! Especially since my dovetails often look like Dave Letterman’s teeth.

  6. Greg Merritt on 28 March 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks…really good project!

  7. Michael Petre on 28 March 2013 at 6:20 pm

    What an awesome little project, just what I needed to finish cleaning up the workshop.

  8. Matt Esterly on 28 March 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Great video. I might actually be able to do it now.

  9. STEVE MASSIE on 28 March 2013 at 8:26 pm

    As others mentioned, a very nice surprise, Thank You Guy’s. These little tips are very much appreciated and what great projects and ideas.


  10. Mihai on 28 March 2013 at 9:07 pm

    This dove tail went into its place , for sure.
    Thank you.

  11. Gary Hodgin on 28 March 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Nice surprise!

  12. Kevin Bowkett on 28 March 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Nice to get something unexpected. πŸ™‚

  13. Joseph Sellers on 28 March 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for all the comments. We are really happy you guys are enjoying it.

  14. AndrΓ© Gaudet on 29 March 2013 at 4:10 am

    I would also like to share my appreciation for this video. It is a very nice surprise. I give a big thanks to Paul for being so open with his knowledge on hand tools and how to use them. Also I would like to thank those who support and work with Paul to make it all happen.

  15. skodger1nine80 on 29 March 2013 at 6:26 am

    Thank you to all the Sellers team, for this really helpful video.

  16. David Gill on 29 March 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Joseph / Paul
    Thanks for that I enjoy watching Paul’s videos only got 5 days now to the next one now

  17. Jeff Porterfield on 30 March 2013 at 11:30 am

    Just awesome. It’s beginning to make the dovetail experience not so daunting.

  18. Mark Armstrong on 1 April 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Just joint your site , I must say it is very very well laid out well done.
    I have been watching on you tube for a little while. Nice to see a brit for a change.
    Loved the little block of wood trick to copy dovetails .
    At the moment I am beefing up my work bench bought online.
    Wish I had made one from scratch. The vise that came with bench was useless . So now I’m putting my old quick release and an other worm vise on, as well as beefing up top. i do not get a load of time so keeping these projects in mind. would have loved to have a go at the clock project I guess I’ too late for that.
    Thanks Mark A

  19. J_SAMa on 20 May 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Paul,
    What brand are the red-handled chisels you’re using in this video? Are they still sold? if yes where can I buy them?

    • Ken on 20 May 2013 at 11:50 pm

      @j_sama Paul is using Robert Sorby Chisels. Yes you can still buy them, just Google them. πŸ˜‰

      • J_SAMa on 21 May 2013 at 4:07 pm

        I can’t seem to find any chisels with red handles by Robert Sorby…
        The reason I asked was because I need some cheap thin-edged chisels suited for dovtailing (I’m fed up with the common thick-edge bevel firmers). Robert Sorby’s are expensive chisels. Could you recommend any cheaper ones (around 15 euros each)?

        • Ken on 21 May 2013 at 4:53 pm

          Lots of threads on chisels bud, Narex cabinet makers chisels are fine enough for dovetails and a good price.
          Not the Narex bench chisels though.

          If you need anymore help I would post in the forum, as we are taking this thread way of topic.

          Ken πŸ˜‰

        • Ken on 21 May 2013 at 4:54 pm

          Link to sorby chisels, dealers at the top of the page.

  20. John Peterson on 28 August 2013 at 5:00 am

    Paul is an outstanding instructor. I am great full for the information. Paul has a true passion for working wood and it is inspiring. Thank you

  21. neil massey on 28 August 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Great video thanks, I have a question why does Paul use this method of cutting a dovetail instead of the other method which I have seen him use on YouTube when he uses a coping saw etc. cheers:)

    • Ken on 28 August 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Neil, paul has said when he wants a quick method for cutting dovetails, he will use the coping saw. When he wants more precise dovetails, he will use this method. πŸ˜‰

  22. neil massey on 9 September 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks Ken, makes sense. Well it’s more practice then! πŸ™‚

  23. Craig Gamble on 13 October 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Paul,
    I’m looking for a marking knife like the one you use, so far I’m not able to find one. where do you get yours from? it looks like a great little knife. Thanks

  24. Craig Gamble on 13 October 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks Ken, of all the places- not looked at that site! found one! Cheers.

  25. Thomas Marange on 10 January 2014 at 4:02 am

    Wow. I’m new at this site. In fact I’m new at all of this. I have yet to make anything, but I love learning how things are done. Thanks for the detailed explanation. Tom

  26. Ruth on 1 February 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Hi, I love the instructions that Paul gives and it is a quiet way to work, then my condo neighbours will not complain if I work after 5 p.m. I am all set!!

  27. Troy T. on 28 December 2014 at 11:58 pm

    This is what I think of when I think woodworking. Minimal use of power tools, and the results are rewarding.

  28. cowderysean on 18 September 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Good afternoon. I am new to handtools and have fallen in love with real woodworking. I have been purchasing tools mostly based on Paul’s recommendations. I am curious to know what dovetail saw he recommends.

    Thanks for any advice.

  29. beach512 on 27 January 2016 at 11:22 am

    love the dovetail backer wood piece to ensure square cut. Thanks!

  30. ocrane on 8 May 2016 at 12:47 am

    How are you getting your stock in various thicknesses? Are you hand planing them down from a 3/4″ or 1″ thick lumber?

    • Philip Adams on 11 May 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Hello @ocrane,
      If you don’t have the use of a bandsaw (or other machines), the other option is to plane it, but you could make use of the following jig: it

      • ocrane on 12 May 2016 at 3:03 am

        Hey I appreciate that link a ton. I don’t have a bandsaw. I do have a table saw which would work well. I was just making sure there wasn’t another way. I like the jig, it would need to be modified for depth and thickness. Thanks again for the help!

  31. Mike Kreinhop on 9 May 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Great video and excellent tip on using the backing board to extend the cut line. I am a very green novice, so I would have used setup lines for the cuts on the other end instead of relying solely on the cuts in the backing board. I noticed when Paul lined the backing board for the other end of the board that the cuts were off center. One end cut was wider than the other cut.

  32. Harvey Kimsey on 2 July 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Lovely project in so many ways. I’ve watched these videos several times and each time I learn something new, such as the way paul uses a pencil line instead of a marking gauge to initially lay out the dovetails. Thanks.

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