1. I was working on cutting my Rail (arch) pieces to length and just noticed that the Top Rail is listed on the Cutting List as being 14 1/4″ long. It’s actually 13 1/2″ long, as is shows on the drawing.


    1. He’s a link to Paul’s blog where he talks about shooting boards: https://paulsellers.com/2012/01/shooting-boards-revisited/

      I’m thinking you’re referring to where he trims the middle shelf to his knife lines by just putting in in the vise and then planing from each end to his lines. I think there’s an experience factor that enters in here. I’d of done it with my newly constructed shooting board, but then I don’t have 50 years of experience doing hand woodworking to draw on.

    2. Hi Matt,

      Yes, Paul says this is because it’s quicker and with skill is more effective and the idea is to develop the skill and not to substitute for it. Shooting boards really work best on small pieces where it’s difficult to register the sole of the plane to the short surface.

      Kind Regards,

    1. Probably because that’s by far the most commonly available thickness of DAR (dressed all round) pine.

      Not sure what’s so unpleasing about it visually? It seems well balanced to my eye, neither skinny thin and weak-looking nor over-engineered and fat.

      I suppose one could do 1″ shelves, or perhaps 9/16″ sides, but both would be a pain in terms of material sourcing and/or prepation for many, and I’m really not sure it would add anything visually … and may indeed subtract.

      Maybe you can sketch (or better, build!) a differently-dimensioned version to illustrate your point?!

      1. Agreed. I built mine out of clear pine I milled to 3/4″. I think it looks just fine. I would think, if someone wanted it a different thickness, it wouldn’t be that hard to do. I don’t feel that any of the project dimensions are set in stone…………….and neither does Paul.

      2. With a to certainty approaching probability, this wood is Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris), sometimes named redwood, which it is not. Scots Pine in UK is more likely to come from northern Scandinavia (or Estonia) than from Scotland.

        Produced flat and straight to 21 mm thickness, it will invariably cup and belly when stored at indoor conditions (around 21°C, and constant humidity), demanding some dressing: ¾” thickness the end result.

        Others (e.g. Bill Hylton and Robert Wearing) have pointed out that placement of furniture is important to consider in the design process. With the upper part of the shelf above eye level, the top of the wall shelf will appear thinner than what it is. Similarly, the rounding off will have the same effect for parts below eye level.

        In addition, it appears that the camera in front of Mr. P. Sellers has some magnifying effect, sort of. The #4 plane to the right of Mr. Sellers looks a lot like a #4½.


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