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  1. I agree with Oscar. The amount of zen in this kind of work you do, is bringing my pulse down. Wish all television could be like this, and the world would be better from it.

    Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!!!!

    1. Yes, I have a hard time sitting through any movie or tv show these days without getting bored after 20 minutes. But I can watch 2-3 of these videos in an evening and it’s like no time went by at all. I just have to remind myself to get down into the shop once in a while to do what I’m learning, not just sit and watch all night.

  2. Hello everyone. I’ve just recently discovered this site. Wow! It’s great to be able to see the work being done in real time. I definitely agree with the Zen comments. Thanks to Paul and everyone involved for making all of this available. I’m a “glass is half empty” type of person so it is great to be be able to trust your instruction at face value since you aren’t using your lessons to sell product. What a relief! I saw a few really good tips that Paul sort of glossed over. Having the divider piece on a slight angle when marking the second knifewall of the dado is a crucial tip. It would guarantee a tight fit since you are slightly decreasing the horizontal measurement across the dado. A2+B2=C2. If you were cutting a deeper dado, would you start it as a 3/32″deep dado (like the video) to mark the second knifewall and then just work it deeper in stages until you reached your router depth? I liked the tip of looking down the length of the work piece to see if the divider was acting like a wedge in the dado. I never would have thought of that. The idea of using the router as the marking gauge intrigues me as well. It seems that it would save a lot of fussing around later when finishing the dado. I’m probably like a lot of you that have also been wanting to get started in hand working wood, reading everything I can get hold of. Watching these videos makes me feel like a kid that was standing outside of the candy store with his faced pressed up against the glass. I have to go now, the owner of the store just waved for me to come inside. See ya later.

  3. Well, after four dovetail boxes plus the dovetails on this caddy, my last dovetail joint was PERFECT. I keep saying I learn a little bit on each one. I think it all just kind of clicked on this one. But we’ll see what happens on the next one. 🙂

  4. Keith, I’ve made dozens of dove tail joints fighting fit the whole way. Then it clicked for me… I was trying to saw to the final fit when what I should have been doing was leaving my pins heavy and trimming with a sharp chisel to fit. Amazing!

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