Keepsake Box: Episode 3

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Once the rehearsal and dry run is done, a few adjustments can be made before rounding and beveling the rims of the lid and base. Then it’s time to glue up, ensuring tight joints. Once the box is cleaned up, it can be sawn in half before the joining edges are planed.

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  1. Michael Barnes on 7 June 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Disappointingly short 😟

    • idahocowboy on 7 June 2017 at 4:37 pm


    • liamc on 7 June 2017 at 9:42 pm

      I’m not certain, but I believe that the original intention for WWMC was to have all of the episodes run for approximately 30 minutes, however the team have been significantly more generous than that in the past which makes this seem short

  2. bensberg on 7 June 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Great! Thanks. You make it look easy when I know you demonstrate great skill!

  3. oldman118 on 7 June 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Short, but only disappointing because any time a master is watched is too short.

  4. jakegevorgian on 7 June 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Every project of yours is skill building project, Paul.

    I recently finished my keepsake box, but complicated the design a bit more—that is, the lid panels are slightly extruded from the box. I think that I was trying to achieve a design of a turned spindle on the lathe.

    I still think that this project isn’t very forgiving–mainly the dovetails. Any slight undercutting will show gaps once the box is shaped. Some other tip that I’d like to give (maybe you’ve mentioned in the previous video, sorry if I’m repeating) is that on a light coloured wood species pencil guide lines of the dovetails will show a dark “lamination” line. It looks alright if consistent, but would rather not have it. So now I know why you used knife marking instead of pencil.

    Thanks for the project! Love it!

  5. ehisey on 8 June 2017 at 3:38 am

    Love the project but feel like a couple steps got glossed over, namely how Paul worked out the angle for the dovetail bases in the first video and then making the cauls in this one. Just seems like Paul went abit more into those aspects of the craft in older videos.

    • dusty32309 on 8 June 2017 at 4:50 am

      I assume he traced his curved edge onto a scrap of pine, cut a stop cut in the center down to his line and chiseled to his line.

  6. allaninoz on 8 June 2017 at 11:18 am

    My compliments to all the crew! The filming was that good that while watching on my iPad, I actually went to blow a shaving out of the way while Paul was planing! I feel just a little bit silly now 🙂

  7. larryl49 on 8 June 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Hi great video taking our skills to a new level, I like the technique of sawing the lid and truing up afterwards. I think you have the instructions time balance just right.
    As a life long woodwork my skills level has gone up a notch. Many thanks looking forward to the next one.
    Regards Larry.

  8. Derek Long on 8 June 2017 at 8:53 pm

    My 3 year old daughter very much enjoys watching Paul with me on Wednesdays. She was VERY alarmed when Paul started sawing the box in half. Ha!

  9. foz68 on 9 June 2017 at 7:57 am

    Very enjoyable series and turning into a beautiful box that i hope to make one day, thank you.

    However, i do find this series to be very rushed though. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching past series where the pace of Paul’s work is methodical and calming with the editing reflecting this by not jumping between shots too much and not cutting the scenes too quickly to move onto the next step. For me this has been part of the joy of these videos, which has brought me a lot of pleasure and tranquility in my hectic life.

    I do feel that this series is very quick; i can see even Paul trying to race through what he wants to say, at times without breath, i feel. As well the splash screens between sections seem abrubt to rush the episode on, which detracts from the previous calmness of other series’ recordings.

    I noted others saying it was a short episode. I feel that it was, but actually probably covered the same content as normal, just the editing and Paul’s pace made it shorter. I would have been happy with the same amount of content, but panned out by another 10 mins through editing to calm the pace down.

    It has taken me a while to decide to write this, as i don’t like to be critical, but i felt that the real joy of watching these series compared to others is their calmness and steady pace, which seems to reflect the nature of using hand tools. I just want to make sure that this important element is not lost or forgotten as WWMC matures.


    • nogbad on 9 June 2017 at 5:30 pm

      I couldn’t agree more the very enjoyably calm confident manner is shockingly absent and I do mean shockingly.

  10. Philip Adams on 9 June 2017 at 11:43 am

    Thank you everyone for your feedback, we really appreciate your comments. We are constantly tweaking our production to make the best instructional videos that we can.

    Recent episodes have been longer than our aim of 28-35 minutes and we are trying to be more consistent in this. We certainly don’t want the videos to seem rushed, so we will try to get this balance between speed, detail and delivery right.

    We hope you will see this improve with time, and it should enable us to present projects that were previously unfeasible.

    All the best

    • robinhc on 9 June 2017 at 4:12 pm

      I often download the videos and then watch them the first time played back at a faster speed. The first viewing is just for recreation and curiosity. if I decide to build a project, than I watch it at regular speed and sometimes “rewind” and review sections. I am not sure there is a perfect, one-size-fits-all length for videos.

      Perhaps in addition to the introduction video you could do an “overview” video that would breeze thru the steps without trying to cover then fully? The full length videos could stretch out to 45 minutes, and the overview videos could be limited to 15 minutes.

      • ehisey on 10 June 2017 at 2:33 am

        No question the over all production quality has improved, and I will say having the sections title was nice instead of just the WWMC splash screen. In this case, the increase in quality may be it’s own demon. The better we can see what Paul is doing, the more we want to actually watch Paul do it.

    • joeleonetti on 15 June 2017 at 6:18 am

      I appreciate that you are constantly thinking about these things. The one point I want to make is that I would rather watch this than broadcast tv. I don’t mind if the overall video is 10 or 15 percent longer. I am watching this for both pleasure and to learn. It’s only one video a week.

      • Derek Plattsmier on 6 December 2018 at 11:57 am

        @joeleonetti – I agree 100%, I feel exactly the same way about the videos & their length. I wish they were all like the tool chest video, I feel like that series was perfectly edited & the longer stretches of Paul’s instruction/demonstration was immensely helpful.

    • Peter Carson on 19 December 2021 at 9:27 pm

      my feeling regarding being rushed , this shouldn’t make any difference to the pupils/viewers as you will work at a speed your comfortable at . in some ways in my opinion paul is demonstrating how much quicker you can work after gaining more experience. any pupil watching and making any of his projects will undoubtedly keep referring back to the video to recap and double check what they are doing or how they have marked the components , hope this helps , Peter

  11. rustifer on 13 June 2017 at 11:58 pm

    work is work and hobbies is hobbies

  12. Jose Sosa on 17 June 2017 at 4:59 am

    I’m really going to enjoy building this box just what I was looking for as a gift for my Mom.

    Thanks Paul,

  13. bigaxe on 19 August 2017 at 3:03 pm

    When Paul makes a mistake and how he recovers from that mistake is one of the important features of the videos

  14. Roy Richardson on 23 December 2017 at 8:14 am

    I just like to watch Paul work and am happy that he shares as much as he does. Demands on his time must be fairly rigorous. Putting all of this together for us with Paul and those filming, editing and everything else that goes into these productions is overall great. We all have to balance our daily demands, our work, hobbies and other obligations. Personally, I can (and have) watched Paul all day long and then had to catch with my obligations. Still , all that said. I hope everyone will remember that the reason we are here is to learn what he has to offer. Without him there is nothing to view, nothing to film, nothing to edit. I hope the tail never wags the dog here.

  15. Ronald Kowalewski on 4 March 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Having a lot of fun with this project. My lids seem to be pushing my tail recesses apart. Should i keep trimming ,gradually the tongue until lid does not push?

  16. wrstew on 25 November 2021 at 2:33 pm

    Just noticed, old bench before inserting repair block from saw damage. Dang, some time has passed, but the tips and tricks are timeless.

  17. Adrian Aghinitei on 4 December 2021 at 9:17 am

    I’m enjoying this series a lot, and will try my hand at this type o box in the near future.
    I have found that using a paint knife works really well for spreading the glue into the tails and pins, so I would suggest you try it.

  18. Marty Peggy on 5 December 2021 at 12:04 am

    When using your hand plane do you push down and across or just across the wood?

    • Colin Scowen on 5 December 2021 at 8:46 am

      A well sharpened plane should only need to be pushed across to make a cut. You add additional pressure to the front and rear shoe when you are starting and finishing at the edge, to avoid tipping the plane.

    • Benoît Van Noten on 5 December 2021 at 6:30 pm

      have a look at the video:
      Bench heights and planing technique
      dated 11 janv. 2014

    • Ed on 5 December 2021 at 11:20 pm

      I find, there are times when firmness if not outright downwards pressure is needed when entering the cut in some woods and some grain orientations. Once begun, though, little or no pressure is needed.

  19. Peter Carson on 19 December 2021 at 9:29 pm

    my feeling regarding being rushed , this shouldn’t make any difference to the pupils/viewers as you will work at a speed your comfortable at . in some ways in my opinion paul is demonstrating how much quicker you can work after gaining more experience. any pupil watching and making any of his projects will undoubtedly keep referring back to the video to recap and double check what they are doing or how they have marked the components , hope this helps , Peter

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