Sellers Home Drinks Cabinet: Episode 1

Drinks Cabinet EP1 KF

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This is a brand new project to make a wall-hung cabinet with double doors and a drawer in solid oak. This is a project that comes together quickly and is perfect for learning the methods and techniques for cabinet making by hand methods. We start with the rough-sawn wood and prepare the stock for edge-jointing and panel making. In this project, we use a rebate (rabbett) plane to create a step-down to the dovetails and a door rebate to receive the doors. Truing up the wood and then surfacing the panels ready for joinery can be daunting but following the patterns we use ensures a successful outcome. At the end of this episode, we will have all of the layout done for dovetailing all four corners of the cabinet.


  1. TimB on 22 June 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Whoa, you had me worried when you first entered the shop. I was thinking, “Gosh, now Paul’s drinking wine while he works.”

  2. Keith Walton on 23 June 2022 at 1:56 am

    When using a no 80 to remove torn grain do you have to worry about removing too much material and leaving a noticeable low spot, or is it removing such thin shavings it isn’t noticeable over the length of a board?

    • Katrina Sellers on 24 June 2022 at 4:10 pm

      I asked Paul and this was his reply:

      “It’s about the thinnest shaving you can get and as I have written and explained in other places. The fault is not the low spot the fault is the surrounding area. Focus mainly on the surrounding area and this will make you lower and you will only need a few swipes in the remaining section.”

  3. joeleonetti on 23 June 2022 at 2:57 am

    Thanks Paul for your comments on the cross grain rebates and the tool. I had struggled to get good cross rebates with the tool. You gave several great tips on how to make the cross rebates that I will for sure incorporate into my woodworking. I had come to dislike this cross grain rebate tool so much that I had stopped using it and had just used the hand router plane. That works but it can be a bit slow on longer rebates. If you were looking for a YouTube video on another tool to share more detail, what you outlined here would make a great basis for that video on the cross rebate tool. I haven’t seen anyone talk as thoroughly and succinctly about it elsewhere (and I have looked).

  4. Randy Carr on 24 June 2022 at 12:16 am

    Do we have a drawing for this project?
    Thanks in advance

  5. Sandy on 24 June 2022 at 2:55 am

    A good start to a beautiful cabinet.

  6. foz68 on 29 June 2022 at 10:17 am

    I enjoy the larger dovetail cabinet projects, looking forward to see this through.

    Just wondered about the marking out of dovetails, as I have seen Paul in the past mark the first face and then transfer these across to other pieces, instead of measuring and marking each tail on every side.

  7. carlos reyes on 29 June 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Can we get atleast the cut part list so we can start working on this one?

  8. Matthew Moody on 30 June 2022 at 3:03 am

    Intervals. The word I believe you were searching for is “intervals”. I hate when words escape me.

  9. Drew Lastra on 30 June 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Paul, I’ve noticed from your projects that you do not create “sprung” edge joints. I’ve read a number of woodworking books and watched some videos and occasionally read and saw makers advocate for sprung edge joints. What, if any, utility and necessity is there for “sprung” edge joints?

  10. ikemezo on 5 July 2022 at 9:51 pm

    I really can’t work without a drawing Paul.

  11. eric cartman on 6 July 2022 at 3:10 am

    I really loved the long silent section at the beginning, and seeing Paul think through the design process. BBC4 had an hour-long film of a woodworker with no music and no dialogue (proving that there iS demand for this kind of thing), but it wasn’t as good as Paul’s version, because one didn’t learn much from the BBC4 woodworker.

    • Andrew Nath on 11 August 2022 at 11:25 am

      Eric do you remember what this programme was called? I’d love to see it but couldnt find anything googling BBC4 woodwork. Cheers

  12. Colin Scowen on 11 August 2022 at 11:52 am

    I find that as long as a video doesn’t purport to teach you something, if the video is just watching a woodworker work wood, that muting the audio is also a good way to focus on what is being done, rather than what is coming out of the speakers. Search youtube for ‘Båtbyggeri’ and watch the video by Åke Palm, or the ‘Just another dovetail video’ from Fine Woodworking.
    Maybe we should have a thread for speech and music free videos here….

  13. Gary Gibbons on 19 August 2022 at 6:45 pm

    The nicker never does exactly what I expect it to on my Stanley rebate plane. And I have to watch that the fence doesn’t inadvertently change – tightening every 3 or 4 passes is definitely required!

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