Sellers Home Bookshelf: Episode 6

Bookshelf EP6 KF

This is an episode in a paid series. Want to watch it? You just need to sign up as a paid member and you can enjoy this video and many other videos we think you will love.

The last joinery section on the bookcase is to cap off the top with an overhanging piece parallel to the last cross-member and equidistant to the ends and sides. This piece relies on stopped housing dadoes to unite the top to the sides and the front, arched frieze which Paul screws and glues for added security and longevity. Paul uses wooden plugs to conceal the screw heads. This episode concludes all of the joinery elements of the project.


  1. William Dickinson on 20 August 2021 at 12:57 am

    Nice to watch you work.

  2. Otto Vanderkooi on 22 August 2021 at 4:27 am

    Thank you Paul,

    When you cut the housing dados on the top of the cabinet, one side wall was done with the chisel 1/16 away from the knife wall (outside walls) and the inside was done with the slightly slanted chisel. Is there a reason for the different techniques of the interior vs exterior walls, or just demonstrating different techniques. Thanks for the great series.

  3. Flemming Aaberg on 23 August 2021 at 9:58 am

    The wooden plugs concealing the screws – how were they made please

    • Stefano Passiglia on 25 November 2021 at 12:31 pm

      Take any pre-made dowel or a square stock of about the same dimension and shape it conical with a chisel. It’s very easy.

  4. foz68 on 24 August 2021 at 8:29 am

    Just noting the luxury of having two hand routers; the Veritas version has a depth stop so I often set this when marking the depth of the housing dado, and then I can adjust the router down to final depth as I work.

    Cheers, Andy

  5. Colin Scowen on 24 August 2021 at 5:03 pm

    I agree, multiple routers are very useful. So I make wooden body ones and make the blade from a large Allen key. (Other keys are available 🙂 )

  6. Sven-Olof Jansson on 24 August 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Hej Flemming,

    With a plug/dowel cutter, I believe.

    Veritas offers a series that I’m pleased with. They deliver tapered plugs, which facilitates a very snug fit. There must be other brands as well, with products perhaps marketed as knot drill bits.

    Believe there is a video where Mr. P. Sellers demonstrates how to use these cutters; but if not, the cutter is fitted to a pillar drill, bored down into the plug providing material, after which the plugs are freed by sawing that piece. (Remember now that there is a video where this is done on a bandsaw, but which video? It’s not episode 6 of the desk chair project)

  7. Larry Geib on 24 August 2021 at 8:49 pm

    You can use a plug cutter without a drill press( pillar drill) by finding a bushing that fits the outside of the cutter and cementing it into a hole in a scrsp of wood to start the cutter. Hold or clamp that to the wood you are making the plugs from.
    Once you have started the hole you can use the cutter without the guide.

  8. David C on 11 September 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Will the top expand and contract with the seasons causing it to split since the screws are holding it in place?

    • Katrina Sellers on 24 September 2021 at 3:47 pm

      I asked Paul and he said:
      No, it is unlikely, most unlikely. The reason? There is enough play on the holes and the screws to take up the minor expansion or contraction that may or may not occur. This contrary grain direction would affect wood that was, say, twice as wide but over so short a distance and with so little moisture in the wood and the surrounding atmosphere there will be no issue.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.