Joiner’s Toolbox – Episode 1

Joiners Toolbox 1

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Paul starts this series by going over some of the key aspects of the project, and then goes through the preparation of the stock. This toolbox uses thin stock so we look at the methods used to thickness it by hand.


  1. Eddy Flynn on 23 December 2014 at 9:51 pm

    thank you so much for this project Paul, i’ve not done much surface thicknessing (not nearly as much as i should have done this far into the journey) but i am determined to follow this project to the letter,i hope i can do it half the justice you do, thanks again .

  2. Adams.rt on 23 December 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Excellent first episode. I’ve been looking forward to this project since your first teaser about it several weeks ago.

  3. Salko Safic on 23 December 2014 at 10:51 pm

    This will be a great video I have been contemlating on replacing my existing tool cabinet for one of these boxes.

  4. david o'sullivan on 24 December 2014 at 2:03 am

    when Paul introduced us to the scrub plane and how to set it up in “tools & techniques ” it transformed my approach to hand tool woodworking it is a fantastic tool that makes working wood easier and more enjoyable . a £10 old stanley dedicated to scrubbing . i will enjoy this one and happy christmas everyone

  5. waltnutt on 24 December 2014 at 5:15 am

    Any reason why Poplar would not work?

  6. Joel Finkel on 24 December 2014 at 5:57 am

    I got a workout just watching this! I don’t need a toolbox, but this looks like it’s so much fun to build that I may make it anyway. After I build another clock, that is.

  7. Gary on 24 December 2014 at 6:15 am

    Thanks Paul for another great lesson! I never would have thought of using the “raised panel” technique with a scrub plane to prevent tear out. I’ve been gradually accumulating a good starter set of hand tools for my son (and HIS son) and I think this will be the perfect chest to present them in. Merry Christmas, my friend!
    Gary Blair
    Lander, Wyoming

  8. David Gill on 24 December 2014 at 9:37 am

    What are the width of the boards Paul is using maybe Paul did say and I missed it. This looks a great project I don’t have room for any more tool boxes but maybe a blanket chest

    • ejpotter on 26 December 2014 at 3:09 pm


      If you go to the project info page and pull up Greg Merritt’s pdf drawing, there is a detailed cutlist in imperial and metric showing the sizes of all the pieces.


      • David Gill on 26 December 2014 at 5:37 pm

        Hi ej
        Thanks for that but Greg shows the width of the two boards glued together 12 3/4″ I take it Paul was using 8 ” (7 3/4″ planed) wide boards) as I think that would be a normal standard size up from 6″ wide boards
        The drawing I can see from Greg says sheet 1 of 4 I take it there are a further 3 drawings to come

  9. Derek Long on 24 December 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Every project should start with a warmup. No jumping jacks needed, just a little scrub planing does the trick.

  10. adrian on 24 December 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Great way to work off some of the Holiday calories. Love it.
    I have always wanted to make my very own tool chest and now you and your staff are leading me to it. I know it will be “PERFECT”
    Thank you so much

  11. STEVE MASSIE on 24 December 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks Paul and Crew. This will be my 1st project I want to start after the Holiday’s, I am so looking forward to the build along.


  12. James Savage on 25 December 2014 at 7:45 am

    Paul, you have my admiration. I was planing a similar size board but only to get cup and twist out, I wasn’t even planing to thickness and it took me seven cups of tea and several handsfull of shavings to mop my sweaty brow………gasp!

  13. dpaul on 30 December 2014 at 2:34 am

    When thicknessing a panel like this, does it matter much if the middle is inexact? Seems like in hand work, it is the edges that are critical to get precise, as that is where the joinery is going to happen. The middle just needs to look good. Not trying to be lazy, just an observation. What say?

  14. Sandy on 31 December 2014 at 12:17 am

    I look forward to getting started on this project. A fellow can’t have to many tool boxes.

  15. Anonymous on 1 January 2015 at 2:17 am

    It’s funny, I just finished your 2007 joiner’s traveling fall-front toolbox last week. But this week the wife wants a small three drawer dresser. I found that I really needed a lesson on joining some 3/4 inch pine. And well-ah!

    Thanks Paul

  16. [email protected] on 17 January 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Regarding wood selection, Paul says he is using pine. Which type would be ideal? I can only find Southern Yellow pine where I live in the Carribean, which I’ve found less friendly than it’s softer cousins. If white pine isn’t a choice, would southern yellow be the next best, or a workable hardwood such as a mahogany sub like jequitiba or sapele (which are very reasonably priced out here).

    • Paul Sellers on 10 July 2015 at 2:10 am

      White pine is a good choice really. Though soft, it’s light and has good strength to weight ratio. Substitute hardwoods is fine too in my view, especially as most people are not really going from house to house for work as in days of old.

  17. yorkysam on 28 January 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks for this video to Paul and his crew. He makes it look so simple that even though I am a relative beginner he has inspired me to have a go. I know I wont find it as easy as he make it look but I am using it as a tutorial and have surprised myself more that once even though I have made a few howlers and had to do a restart. I anticipate that one day I may even get it completed. Thanks Paul.

  18. jmahoney on 8 April 2015 at 6:31 am

    Pretty excited about finally starting this project since my collection of hand tools is becoming unruly. knocked out all the edge jointing earlier today, totally pumped to give the pile of planes a home.

  19. buckboards on 16 November 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Paul, in talking about the old box you said that you “re-did the joinery on the corners”. So I’m curious, how do you re-do a dovetail joint to make it tight again? All I can think of is to cut off the pins, clean up the dovetails, and re-cut the pins to match them. However this would make the ends shorter and the box slightly shallower front to back.

    Thanks for another great lesson.
    Houston TX

  20. senrabc on 17 June 2016 at 5:19 am

    Apologies if I missed this, but where are the dimensions?

  21. mkmccon on 10 August 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Being a very novice woodworker – in fact just starting – I’m curious if Cedar would react to the same planing techniques shown in this video (if, indeed, cedar may be planed like this at all)?


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