Linen Cupboard: Episode 4

Linen Cupboard Episode 4

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Preparing the wood for the skirting and pediment is critical for accurately cutting the half-lap dovetails, so we work through crosscutting and planing end grain for the layout to get started. Paul wanted to add in a little tradition even if you don’t use it, so he is using one of his vintage cutting gauges to do this. There are elements to these gauges that are not obvious, so Paul takes a little time to show the significance of the bevel to the cutting edge to get the bruising on the waste wood. We hope that you like this episode as much as we did, because we think the videographers did a great job of crafting the shots throughout.


  1. Bill Hall on 14 October 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Rather than cutting the mating dovetails perfect, I think I like idea in this video of leaving a little more waste along the cut line and then parring to fit after the waste has been removed. Not only for this project but any dovetails. Feels like I’d have a better chance of fine tuning them easier this way.

  2. Guy Murray on 14 October 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Yes I’m inclined to agree, I think the extra time taken to pare to fit is absolutely minimal compared with the time it takes to chisel out the waste, so why risk ruining the piece.

  3. Edouard Poitras on 19 October 2020 at 6:29 am

    Great build Paul! It’s nice to see a master struggle with large pieces like I do in the shop. You mentioned leaving the pared cuttings in the bottom of the tail recess so if needed, you could bring them back up and do something with them that I did not quite get. Would you take a moment to show exactly what you were talking about?
    Thanks again Master.

    • Izzy Berger on 28 October 2020 at 12:57 pm

      Hi Edouard,

      Paul says:
      You could glue them back in place, unfortunately that project is now finished so I can’t go back and show you.

      Kind Regards,

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