Joiner’s Toolbox – Episode 6

Joiners Toolbox 6

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In this episode Paul refines and assembles the dovetailed base trim. He chamfers the edges and applies the trim to the base of the toolbox using glue and clamps. The trim both decorates and strengthens the base of the toolbox.


  1. Lixto on 28 January 2015 at 6:31 pm

    jaja “muy grande” (too big)

  2. STEVE MASSIE on 28 January 2015 at 7:54 pm

    This project is really turning out nice and am continuing to learn, one thing for sure I need to invest in more F – Clamps. Thanks Paul I am really enjoying this series.


  3. norcam on 28 January 2015 at 8:50 pm

    The pride in teaching your skills is very impressive. could watch all day.

  4. bensberg on 28 January 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Paul and Crew: I can’t tell you how much I enjoy all these videos. Please keep doing what you are doing! Thank You!

  5. davidk on 28 January 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Relatively new member here and this is the first project I am seeing from the beginning. Very educational and my skills are growing by leaps and bounds from all that Paul shares with his many videos.

    I have a question regarding wood movement and the manner in which the skirt is glued to the box. My understanding is that the major direction of wood movement is across the grain, so in this case from top to bottom of the skirt and the box. Since the box is much wider across its grain than the skirt would this not lead to it moving a greater distance than the skirt? And if that is the case would the differential expansion/contraction of the materials have an effect on the glue joint?

    Thanks again for all that you provide in these videos.

    Cheers, Dave

    • Paul Sellers on 28 January 2015 at 11:40 pm

      No. The skirt width is the width as the wood it’s glued to and therefore the expansion and contraction is in the same direction and relative to the same expanse.

      • davidk on 29 January 2015 at 5:21 pm

        Thanks for the clarification Paul. So the glue joint between the skirt and the box effectively makes them all one piece. Got it.

  6. adrian on 29 January 2015 at 12:30 am

    This will certainly give me what I need in dovetail practice in precision. Hope for the best.
    Love the idea of no need for nails or screws.
    Thanks for the great lead into craftsmanship.

  7. ballinger on 29 January 2015 at 12:36 am

    I loved watching the speed and precision of your mitres Paul. I often sit and visualise different aspects of wood working – splitting tenons, cutting dovetails, paring. It’s nearly as fun as actually doing it, probably because I imagine doing it with ease like you do! I smiled when you spoke about being a terrible wood worker when you began and here you are teaching after mastering not only the skills but how to pass them on. It gives me great confidence.

  8. Nir on 29 January 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I haven’t been so anxious to see the coming episodes since “The Onedin line” 🙂
    Wonderful project !

  9. bunchy on 29 January 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I’m loving these video’s too.

    I looking forward to building one of these boxes.

    First though, I’m going to build Paul’s workbench. I have a 9 inch vice ready to go, itching to build it, hopefully starting this weekend.


  10. Sandy on 30 January 2015 at 3:17 pm

    This is a great project. I can see where this type box can be resized and adapted to many different uses. I am thinking a bit smaller to throw in my truck when going home so I can make a few things and teach my sons and G’kids a few things.. 🙂

  11. mike melendrez on 1 February 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I am on my way to Harbor Freight to get more clamps. I am so excited to be working on this box. Thank you Paul and the team.

  12. yorkysam on 2 February 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks so much to the team for this project. I can’t believe I have actually got this far and am not too displeased with my cack handed offerings. I realise now what you mean when you say when cutting these dovetails on the skirt that you have to go for it and not leave excess just in case. I am learning and achieving so much that I have to step back regularly and ask myself did I really do that!
    Thank you so much Paul.

  13. D.J. King on 6 April 2015 at 12:37 am

    Paul, You say in this episode that you can’t explain just how grateful you are that we’re watching. Please know that we are equally lost for words when it comes to telling you just how grateful we are to have you to learn from! Someone who is eminently knowledgeable, easy to listen to, and who has a team that is able to produce well-planned, well-executed, and beautifully filmed and edited videos is nothing short of spectacular. I, for one, have searched the Internet for years looking for someone teach me the fine hand tool woodworking you teach so well. For far too long, the only resources I had to learn from were machine operators who introduced me to only a fraction of the joy I get from the skills you have taught me. It is no exaggeration to say you have changed my life by sharing your craft. I am sure there are thousands of woodworkers who are apprenticing under you remotely as I am, who would loudly echo my sentiments. On behalf of the legions of us, I would like to say thank you for making such a huge difference in our lives, giving us a sense of well-being, and sharing true artisan craftsmanship. We are supremely fortunate to be the recipients of the gift of your wealth of uncommon knowledge. A simple thank seems like an inadequate tribute, but please know it is conveyed with deep and heart-felt sincerity. I look forward to many more years of learning from you.

    • scott75 on 30 January 2016 at 5:12 am

      I can only echo the words of DJ King above. I am 40 now and I’ve been looking to learn from someone like Mr Sellers for about 12 years. I can’t say enough how grateful I am for the opportunity that he and his team have provided. Keep up the fantastic work! Now if I could just take a course in Northern Canada.

  14. sidorenko91 on 9 May 2020 at 7:05 am

    Nice to rewatch an original video. I’m making my third iteration of this tool box. I like seeing the marples chisels in action.

  15. daniel_bohrer on 13 November 2020 at 9:01 pm

    That problem you had there at the end opening the clamps during the glue-up… I can totally relate to that situation. To prevent that I always try to leave a little thread on the inside of the clamp when closing them, so I can relieve the stress on the arm if it binds by opening the screw a bit ☺

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