21 comments on “Fitting a Cornice: Part 1

  1. Can’t wait to start building this for my small shop, the notch in the cornice didn’t make sense to me at first until the last moment when it was attached, beautiful detail. On a side note though, I must say that Dewalt cordless was making me mental, it was either torquing Pauls wrist, or the undersized bit was slipping.

  2. Michael,

    I can play the videos without issue on my iPad, iPhone, and AppleTV both on work and home networks. Streaming is provided by Vimeo, which should be rock solid. Perhaps use the “Contact us here” for technical support link found below to see if someone can help you rather that posting in the comments?

    Josh

        • I use safar browser on the iPad and I use google chrome cast to stream to my TV using the TV cast app. I have the latest iOS on my IPad Air 2. This is the only website I have issues watching videos on so I can only assume it’s something on this site that doesn’t like my setup.

      • Hi Michael…..yes can be very frustrating.

        I use my Apple iPad and loading of late can be slow ie once through sign on the white line moves to right about 3/4″ stops for a various amount of time then moves totally to right..can be slow. I am on latest iOS 9.

        Regards John

      • It’s probably your wifi. The wireless connection between the device and your internet router is slower and/or less reliable than your internet, so increasing your internet speed doesn’t help.

      • Hello all,
        We do test on IOS (and other) devices from time to time as and when people have issues with them. There are so many possibilities that it can be hard to pinpoint the issue, as it works for most.

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        Best, Phil

  3. I’m sure I have said it before but it is simply a joy to watch and learn from your videos. This project is perfect timing for me I have been looking for a tool cabinet that I can build to have a plane and saw till and there is no better way than to say this is a Paul Sellers design

  4. Screwing the side strips of the cornice frame across the grain of the top seems a good way to get a crack in the top. I’ve always used slotted holes for this kind of attachment to allow for the shrinkage and expansion of the top. Love your videos. Your facility with hand tools is extraordinary. It’s really encouraged me to try to up my game

    • Leo, I understand the concern but the theory often belies the reality. Fixing a distance absolutely with an opposing piece is almost never a real problem bot one we take into consideration with certain applications. Individually we know the wood we are working with and where the work will end up. In all my 50 years of woodworking I have personally never had anything of this nature happen. Wide surfaces like tabletops must be given an allowance and if we attach breadboard ends and such we must improvise to allow movement. But then in other circumstances screw holes and even the ability of screws to bend and flex negate fixed point anchorages to allow us to do things that though technically correct allow us much greater flexibility than text books would give. In this circumstance, where I have used wood dried to 10-12%, I am content that all is stable in this case and that no crack will occur. In the majority of cases cornices were glued and nailed in place for centuries with no problems. This approach is what I prefer to transmit to everyone. It’s more often worth the risk than not. An increase or decrease in moisture of say 6-8% would only increase or decrease the wood width by 1/32″ or so. There is no way a crack would occur as a result of these fixed points.
      I do value your input in this and there is nothing at all wrong with you bringing up the issue. I think that this will help others to think through the issues. I will always be concerned that good advice can become law and the law becomes an absolute. A bit like laying the plane on its side and not really understanding the origin of it.

      • Paul – Thanks for your thoughtful reply. I must agree with you that in this case the widths are such that there would be little chance of a crack. As you say, on wider pieces, and, maybe not as well dried wood or in pieces subject to wider fluctuations in moisture and temperature this can be a real problem. Certainly air dried wood moves a great deal more than kiln dried, and this needs to be considered. Incidentally, I was once rebuked by Tom Lie-Nielsen for questioning his laying planes down on their soles which made me reconsider this old saw of woodworking. Thanks again for your inspiring craftsmanship.

  5. Hi Paul,
    I may have missed this in another video but why do you have a back frame that overhangs the sides of the cabinet? Is this an auxiliary back frame for the purpose of hanging? I thought the back frame would normally sit in a rebate to support the cabinet weight and to retain squareness.
    Thanks, Stephen.

  6. I’d have chosen to keep the cornice as the dominant piece – i.e. making the cut-out in the back panel to accommodate it.
    With the cornice forming a crowning embellishment, I feel it needs to be one continuous unbroken line to the eye.

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