Hanging Wall Shelf: Episode 1

Hanging Wall Shelf Episode 1 Keyframe

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This project relies on six housing dados which isn’t surprising given that this joint is best known for its use as a shelving joint. All good joinery begins with good layout and Paul runs through laying out the joints in detail. This project will give you a bunch of practice making this joint and prepare you for making other shelving projects in the future.

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  1. redwood on 20 December 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks guys, great start.

  2. Stefaan Verweirder on 20 December 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Nice paul

  3. Stefaan Verweirder on 20 December 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Nice paul

  4. Jim Thornton on 20 December 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Just joined this site. Lots of good instruction. I like the format.

    This looks like a great project for some clear pine I have. I found the template for the arch, but I’m unable to find any plans for the dimensions of the cabinet.

    • Craig on 20 December 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Go to the opening page
      Under videos scroll down to hanging wall shelf.
      The intro video will have a ”
      Click here” for the tech diag.

      • Jim Thornton on 20 December 2018 at 6:38 pm

        Got it Craig……..thanks. I’m still learning my way around here. This wall shelf is going to be a great first step into moving from 50 years of machine woodworking into the world of hand woodworking. `


  5. Phil Waites on 20 December 2018 at 5:16 pm

    The quality of the videos (and the tuition) is superb.

  6. Don Trust on 21 December 2018 at 1:59 pm

    This was (is) a great start to this project. One that I’m going to start on as soon as I finish my present one. The spot is already picked out where it will hang. I just love the calm, efficient manner of Paul’s presentation. Such a welcome change after all the frantic Youtube videos of some other makers. I do like fast paced videos occasionally, but Paul’s style is the one I come back to when I want some peaceful content while still learning masterful ways of using hand tools.

    After years of working with machines, both at work and at home, it’s so nice to learn these methods of working wood with hand planes, chisels, knives and such.

    Funny, I tried 2 different marking knives before trying Paul’s version. Now, I can’t imagine using anything else. The other ones just sit in a drawer.

  7. kerckhof Patrick on 23 December 2018 at 4:48 pm

    stil learning of a master step by step

    • dunnison on 24 December 2018 at 7:20 pm

      Not sure how many times I have watched Paul make dado cuts now, including how many times I have re-watched episodes over and over, but I just love it. AND always learn something new. Just a beautiful thing to behold.

  8. Jim Thornton on 26 December 2018 at 3:35 am

    Our big Christmas celebration was last night. Nice quiet day today with both my wife and I enjoying our hobbies. I’d finished up the base for my new workbench, so decided to take a break and mill out the materials for this “Hanging Wall Shelf”. I’ve had a stash of clear pine for 30 years that’ll be perfect. Spent the day directing my apprentices (“J”, “P”, and “T”……….AKA “jointer”, “planer”, and “tablesaw”) as to what I wanted done. They did well! The difference this time was that I used my new smoother plane to surface the face and edges of each piece after they were done.
    I hope that this “Hanging Wall Shelf” ends up with a category over on the forum so I can start a thread there.

  9. Jim Thornton on 29 December 2018 at 12:21 am

    Got all of my stopped dados done. What an enjoyable process………….my new Veritas medium router plane worked great! My first time using a “cabinet makers triangle”………….does that ever make it easier to keep track of the orientation of the pieces.

    Looking forward to the next video. Meanwhile back to my workbench project.

  10. Jim Thornton on 29 December 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Heads up for anyone building this Hanging Wall Shelf: The “cutting list shows the middle shelf as being 13 3/8″ long. In actuality it is 13 1/2” long, which is what the drawing shows. I should of noticed this discrepancy, but didn’t. I’ll be making a new middle shelf.

  11. bruseth on 3 January