Linen Cupboard: Episode 3

Linen Cupboard Episode 3

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Big-board dovetailing sets the challenge, but big-board dovetailing is so highly motivating there is no holding you back. This project has a drive all of its own. 9 tails and 10 pins translate into 36 tails and 40 pins for four corners of what is, essentially, a massive box. Little tricks of the trade are woven throughout as Paul works, so listen for the quiet voice where the nuggets of information punctuate the work! Have a blast! More importantly, don’t be intimidated. This is a great project for learning carcass construction.


  1. Greg Wagner on 7 October 2020 at 3:42 pm

    It’s those little gems of information that keeps me coming back for more… looking forward to watching this latest instalment after my woodworking session after tea.

  2. arie67 on 7 October 2020 at 7:28 pm

    It simply looks so easy, but is so hard to accomplish with such a precision!

  3. P McC on 8 October 2020 at 1:18 am

    Great video. Was curious about how you would cut the tails on the long panels. A simple solution: stand on a stool! OSHA would be aghast! 😂

  4. Marc-Andre Petit on 8 October 2020 at 3:09 am

    3 different types of dovetails??? Through, half-lap and, maybe, a full blind?? That would be so nice to see how Mr Sellers tackle these!

  5. foz68 on 8 October 2020 at 8:56 am

    Lovely demonstration, really enjoyed how effortless Paul made this seem. thank you.

    My take away from the video is that the width of the tails and pins can be achieved straight off the saw. The importance of knowing if you cut on the line or just inside the line is key to this and depends upon whether it is a pin or tail.

    However, I am still not quite sure which; could this be captured in a later video with a close up to show how close to the line to be, or maybe even added to the drawing as an illustration or photo?

    This would really help with nailing dovetails off the saw.

    Many thanks again


    • Izzy Berger on 21 October 2020 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Andy,

      Paul says:
      Actually, we don’t nail the dovetails, we rely on the intrinsic strength of a mechanical joint.. 🙂

      Great to mention that, actually I micro adjust this distance between the actual line and the saw kerf depending on the wood I use. Some woods absorb pressure whereas others just don’t. Knowing which one takes experience because this varies within the species.

      Kind Regards,

  6. bobbybew on 8 October 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Hi Paul why don’t you stand on the bench to cut your dove tail

  7. Roberto Fischer on 9 October 2020 at 4:30 pm

    @foz68 when you cut the tails first, it really doesn’t matter whether you followed the tail layout lines as long as the cuts are square to the face. You will layout the pins based on those, so the tail layout is really just a guide so the tails end up as even as possible.

    The pins, though, you need to follow the lines precisely. Remember that the pencil traces the tail on the outside. You must leave the whole pencil line when sawing. And make sure to trace with a sharp pencil. Pine compresses a bunch so you can even leave a bit extra.

  8. Benoît Thomoux on 9 October 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Right off the saw, as it should !

  9. Antonio Santos on 10 October 2020 at 8:15 am

    I didn’t quite understood why Paul marks the dovetails with the pencil instead of directly with the knife. He mentions that’s because there’s more compression with pine than most of the hard woods. Can someone elaborate more on this, please?


    • Izzy Berger on 21 October 2020 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Antonio,

      Paul says:
      The knife in almost all cases tends to make the dovetail just too tight and therefore even if it is the exact size the dovetail often will not go together.

      Kind Regards,

  10. allaninoz on 15 October 2020 at 12:27 pm

    A knife line will be exactly the side of the dovetail whereas a pencil line has a little thickness about it (very small because your pencil is sharp 🙂 that small amount of line thickness will give a tight fit because of the compression in pine. Marking with a knife may leave the joint feeling loose. My thoughts on it anyway.

  11. Christopher Brenner on 27 July 2021 at 12:55 am

    Super late here… I am trying to find the project for the stool that Paul shows in the first minute. It seems to mostly resemble the shaker stool ( but there are differences. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks!

    • Izzy Berger on 28 July 2021 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Christopher,

      This is a Shaker Stool Paul made for himself but he added a gap under the seat to function as a carry handle. Unfortunately we don’t have a video of this.


  12. Christopher Brenner on 29 July 2021 at 3:52 am

    Ok. No worries! I’m sure I can get real close with the shaker stool videos and go from there. Thanks!

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