Joiner’s Toolbox – Episode 12

Joiners Toolbox 12

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Paul makes a couple of removable tills for the inside of the box. These can hold the smaller everyday tools such as chisels, layout tools and smaller saws. These are made of fine stock, which Paul rips down to thickness before cutting the dovetails, gluing up and attaching the bottom.


  1. sidreilley on 11 March 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Ahhhh – I feel so much better after my weekly fix of Paul Sellers knowledge! TVMI !

  2. Mitchell on 11 March 2015 at 6:22 pm

    While you were dimensioning your stock to started to hug the line, so you made an adjustment after securing the boards in your vise. The question I have is, how did you make that “adjustment”?

    Handsawing is one of the fundamental skills required, yet it is probably the least discussed.

    • Craig on 11 March 2015 at 7:30 pm

      Paul has covered this in at least two previous projects where ripping the stock was a part of the stock preparation.
      I’m sorry I can’t offhand reference it for you..maybe someone with a better memory will chime in.
      The basic technique is to raise the saw just above the point where it started going off track and apply gentle sideways pressure by twisting the saw plate toward the desired line of cut and restart the cut
      from that point.
      I’ve probably explained that badly. Maybe someone else will do better.

      • Mitchell on 12 March 2015 at 3:41 pm

        Craig, you explained it just fine, thank you very much. I’ll just have to bit the bullet and watch everything posted on Paul’s site to find it. It will be a chore, but I guess I can handle it – :0)

        Thanks again.

        • Craig on 12 March 2015 at 8:50 pm

          You’re welcome.
          I’ll bet the whole incident of correction and instruction comment by Paul lasted less than 10 seconds.

  3. adrian on 11 March 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Such a great lesson, I haven’t done any thin stock dovetailing and now I will have to go to it.
    Thank you so much for the guidance and tricks of the trade.
    Another great lesson

  4. badgerjoe on 12 March 2015 at 1:30 am

    Are you using a crosscut saw ?

  5. mike melendrez on 12 March 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Sometimes I feel as though there must be about 10 days in a week. By that I mean I am ready for the next video long before it comes. I am so great full for you and your sons for this wonderful opportunity. Thank you.

  6. Mark Blacketer on 14 March 2015 at 12:33 am

    You lost me. Why the second knife wall on the box material but not all around? Is it to control splintering or what?

    • Derek Long on 14 March 2015 at 12:53 am

      Mark, you got it. The second knife wall is so the “waste” piece will also have a clean edge.

  7. DanRode on 18 March 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Something I picked up from doing finish carpentry years back. It’s called a nail spinner. It’s typically used for using a nail to pre-drill holes for baseboard and moulding.

    Paul’s technique of chucking the nail directly works well unless the nail is too small.

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