1. redwood on 10 January 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks guys, appreciate them all, many thanks

  2. wrstew on 10 January 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Once again Paul shows craftsmanship, years of practice making it look effortless. Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler show similar skills, might be a British thing? Spot on Paul, great series.

  3. beach512 on 10 January 2019 at 11:16 pm

    I really liked the pace of this project as I have been able to keep up by completing each section per the video. It is great training for all the joints, but it helps me to work patiently too.
    I see there is a back wood piece when the shelf is hung on the wall that is not on the project . How would be the best way to hang this on the wall? That would be my only question on this project. Everything else was very well done and clear like the other projects. Thanks.

  4. peloni on 11 January 2019 at 8:53 am

    Hi Paul and team,
    thanks for the great project, I am really keen on giving it a try.
    I have a question on the strength of the housing joints in the top and bottom boards. If I imagine this as a bookshelf or anything that is loaded considerably on the bottom shelf, the sides will want to slide out of the housing joints. Even more so, if the shelf is hung to the wall with a french cleat that is fixed to the top board then all the weight pulls the sides out of the housing joints in the top board.
    Would you only recommend this construction for “lightly” loaded shelfs (I think Paul mentions using it as a spice rack?), or does your experience show the joints in the top and bottom boards to be strong enough for larger loads such as books for example? What if the shelf was scaled up?
    Thanks for all your great content!

    • Robert Strahl on 11 January 2019 at 5:28 pm

      This was my concern as well.

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 14 January 2019 at 3:14 pm


      Paul says it is just a small lightweight shelf unit, you will need to add addition joinery or fastening if it’s to be a large hanging bookshelf with heavy weight in it.

      Kind Regards,

  5. joeg on 11 January 2019 at 9:33 pm

    I also had that concern,, wouldn’t a tapered sliding dovetail be a more typical application for that scenario

    • Jim Thornton on 11 January 2019 at 10:23 pm

      There was a short discussion about this over on the “Hanging Wall Shelf” thread: https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/discussions/forums/project-series-discussions/hanging-wall-shelf/
      A sliding dovetail (like the Shaker Bench) could also be done for the top, which carries the load for the whole piece when hanging by a french cleat. In my case it’s fine as it is since it’ll be carrying a light load. I guess where we need to branch out as woodworkers is to figure out for ourselves how to best adapt these pieces for our intended usage. Along those lines I bought some nice cherry today to build the Shaker Bench and learn how to do sliding dovetails, so I’ll have that arrow in my quiver for when I need it.

  6. mercified on 11 January 2019 at 11:08 pm

    The pacing on this project’s videos is perfect.

  7. JIM CHALOUPKA on 12 January 2019 at 10:46 am

    Questioning the end grain glueing?


  8. Keith Walton on 12 January 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Some one take 4 pieces of scrap, cut some dados, hang it on the wall and start piling weight on it. I’m sure there’s a point where it will fail, obviously, but I bet it can hold more of a load then I’d guess

  9. Graham Fuller on 13 January 2019 at 6:02 pm


  10. Jim Thornton on 18 January 2019 at 2:59 am

    Took a break from my workbench project today and cut and fitted the tenons for my top and bottom Cross Rails. I’ve machined dozens and dozens of tenons through the years. This was my first time cutting and fitting tenons by hand. Very enjoyable. I love my new Router Plane.


  11. Fred Dewick on 23 January 2019 at 2:19 am

    This project has taught me patients, patients and patients along with having sharp tools. Thanks Paul, very enjoyable!

  12. Charles Thompson on 26 January 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Great job.
    Great encouragement for everyone.

  13. Tim Moore on 10 March 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Anyone see what he did with the corner that split off of the through tenon piece?

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