Sellers Home Side Cupboard: Episode 1

Side Cupboard EP1 KF

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Making your project from rough-sawn sycamore is not quite the same as square-edged wood, because of the many remaining flaws associated with rough wood. This wood is taken from the middle of the tree as quartersawn sycamore, with some accompanying waney edges. This has built-in issues Paul must deal with, so it’s a helpful episode for those facing the same challenges he has in this project. Paul uses a few unusual ways of planing and tricks of the trade to get the results he needs. With the wood trued and glued up into panels, we are ready for joinery and begin the layout for making the dovetailed corners.


  1. joemonahan on 19 October 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Exactly the issue Im facing with lots of rough cut lumber at my disposal. I love these furniture projects too. Perfect! Thank you.

  2. ehisey on 19 October 2022 at 8:52 pm

    On the bandsaw, what tooth blade is Paul using? It is cutting thick stock pretty quick.

  3. David Marienau on 19 October 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Lots of great tips. Thanks Paul

  4. Terrence OBrien on 20 October 2022 at 6:30 am

    What is he making? Maybe I’ve lost it, but I can’t find a pic of the sideboard.

  5. Lisa Burt on 29 October 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Paul, I love your straight edge (would love to see it as a project video!) — Question: why is it tapered on one side?

    • joeleonetti on 17 November 2022 at 3:18 am

      Tapered on one side is a traditional way of helping to distinguish what is the “true” edge that is straight. It helps to distinguish this as a tool vs. just an offcut of wood that could then accidentally get discarded. I don’t have one of these (yet). However, I do have a number of simple wooden shop tools. I almost ways apply a finish of shellac on them so that way they look too nice to be confused as an offcut of wood.

    • Ed on 17 November 2022 at 3:39 am
  6. deanbecker on 30 October 2022 at 1:51 am

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    Make a straight edge in the free videos

  7. Frank Hucek on 28 November 2022 at 3:01 am

    Paul, I’m an engineer who took 2 years of pottery in college. Your courses are beautifully laid out in every way someone might expect for a curriculum, but also to learn little details from a master, like yourself. Thank you, and I will always be a happy subscriber!

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