Sellers Home Drinks Cabinet: Episode 3

Drinks Cabinet EP3 KF

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Get ready for some new and as yet unseen techniques. In this project, Paul introduces a few trade secrets and especially so for cutting the perfect housing dado. Mostly the lesson in this is the different methods he uses for laying out and then the cutting technique he developed to ensure a good tight fit throughout. When it comes to gluing up large dovetails alongside housing dadoes, it is good to have some idea of how best to perform. Again, the technique Paul uses is his and he has never seen it used anywhere else. Watch and see if it isn’t quite radically different!


  1. Michael Doto on 6 July 2022 at 3:16 pm

    The videography was brilliantly done!! Thank you team Paul for the continuing work to educate, inspire and keep alive these important skills.

  2. Anthony Greitzer on 7 July 2022 at 12:33 pm

    Why was the top of the drawer recess only joined with a housing dado? In other projects, I’ve seen it dadoed AND joined with mortise and tenons. Also, I was surprised the housing dado was a 1/4 inch in depth. This doesn’t seem deep enough.

    • Katrina Sellers on 15 July 2022 at 10:37 am

      I asked Paul and his reply is below:
      It was the choice I made. (Dadoed and mortise and tenon) are not necessary, dove tails hold it together. A dodo and mortise and tenon are not the normal- just something I like.

      • Anthony Greitzer on 18 July 2022 at 3:56 pm

        Ok, thank you. I often wondered if the mortise and tenon within a dado was necessary. I like it as well. The 1/4″ depth for the dado I’m assuming is deep enough.

  3. jlwhite on 7 July 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Just wanted to add one caveat to the process shown of measuring diagonals to assure squareness.
    Although having equal length diagonals is necessary for a carcase to be square it, by itself, is not enough.
    To fully guarantee squareness one must also measure and make sure that both opposite sides are of equal length.
    If, for example, one of the sides was shorter than it’s opposite (making the whole carcase in effect an isosceles trapezoid) the diagonals would measure equal but the case wouldn’t in fact be square.
    Obviously Paul is working accurately as always, and I’m confident that the opposite sides in this case are in fact equal.
    For those of us that are newer at this, and maybe not always as accurate as we strive to be, it’s another check to make sure that when the carcase is glued up we haven’t actually caused the case – and the drawer opening in this example – to be out of square by only verifying that one diagonal measurement.

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