Sellers Home Drinks Cabinet: Episode 5

Drinks Cabinet EP5 KF

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We made the door frames ready for the panels in the last episode, and this episode takes a section of very ordinary oak to create a simple but very effective book-matched pair of panels. Paul wanted to show how we can make beautiful and simple panels as features designed to complement the whole without panel domination. The key is finding the right balance and using the door stiles and rails for the panels. We again begin with rough stock, true up an initial wide face, split-saw the 1″ material in two down the middle, and edge-join them down the middle. The process uses a few techniques to gain total balance, and this episode takes you step by step through to the fitted and installed panels.


  1. Anthony Greitzer on 21 July 2022 at 1:01 pm

    Good morning from the US. First off, thank you Paul and your team.

    I have a question about the panels. Why flat ones and not raised. Yes, I understand it was Paul’s choice; but as my woodworking continues to grow, I’m beginning to think about aesthetics and wondering if raised panels would not have looked right with this type of cabinet.

    Thank you,


    P.S. I made a chair style seat (my design) for a stool (Paul’s design). The arms flex from side-to-side even though the spindle’s are wedged from underneath the seat. Is there a way to stop the flexing?

    • Katrina Sellers on 2 August 2022 at 11:36 am

      I asked Paul and this was his reply:

      I wanted a simple design, clean lines, they were actually raised panel in reverse- the raised panel being on the inside. I wanted to do walnut in the frame adding more details “muddies the water” and muddies the design and makes it more fussy. The inlay and the choice of wood were the decorative features.

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