1. Once again a brilliant piece of teaching, Paul, thank you. There are so many useful tips and techniques in this series – it’ll take me quite some time to really internalize all of them, but well worth the effort.

  2. Hi Paul,
    I mostly use shellac as a finish. At one point, I saw a comment on a blog posting and it sounded as if you disliked oil finishes. Could you please elaborate a bit more on this? I definitely like shellac. As a beginner, I’m trying some other finishes just to see what they look and smell like (I’d never oil the insides of something). Would appreciate your broader insight to finishes on pieces that don’t see a lot of wear and tear. Many thanks.

  3. Very beautiful piece, Paul. I’ve been planning to build it for almost a year to put in our French house. So, we have just arrived in France for the summer from America. I have priced the highest grade of oak, that preferred by cabinetmakers here. Without tax added, it will cost more than 4,500 euros for the wood. My top-quality cabinet saw in the U.S. cost only $3,400 about 8 years ago. I had no idea the oak would be that expensive, so I will have to creatively source the oak if I am going to build this. Maybe look for old tables I can break up or try to find a retiring furniture maker who is selling off his stock. Maybe you could address the price of hardwood in your videos because affordability to continue woodworking as a hobby is a real issue.

  4. Ignore those numbers as they were not correct. Among cubic meters (Europe), cubic feet (UK) and board-feet (US), it’s easy to get a conversion wrong. In addition, those units in various countries tell the shopkeeper how much to charge, but they don’t include anything about the geometry of the wood. You could buy a 1 cubic foot block of wood or 1,728 cubes each 1 cubic inch, which is the same amount of wood, but you wouldn’t get a board out of either one. That makes a cutting diagram vital to facilitating the correct planning. The bottom line is that Paul’s drinks cabinet will not cost anywhere near what I said earlier. More like 150-200 euros.

  5. Mr. Paul Sellers and the rest of the production team.
    Well! Another job very well done. Very simple but functional. The joinery, design were great. As for the production team, ”Outstanding job”.
    It matches with the dinning room furniture.
    All the best to everyone involved.
    Take care and may God Bless
    Your friend from Canada Dennis

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