Sellers Home Side Cupboard: Episode 3

Side Cupboard EP3 KF

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There are many panels to glue up on this project, quite large ones, in preparation for the dovetail joinery to each of the corners. We lay it out on a stick template so Paul can transfer the same dovetails to each corner. It’s faster, more efficient and when done properly ensures that all of the dovetails are the same — much safer. Paul has combined different methods for removing the waste between the dovetails and the pins. Paul thinks discovering alternatives is good for us, and he explains his reasoning as he goes. Additionally, he used many techniques you are unlikely to see anywhere else, but these are important for everyone to develop the best woodworking skills they can. The conclusion of this episode is Paul’s own method of gluing up wide dovetailed pieces to ensure the dovetails go together correctly and evenly and without glue-freeze.


  1. dpaul on 2 November 2022 at 2:42 pm

    Curious. At the 5:00 minute mark, it appears the board is straight off the bandsaw. Am I seeing that correctly?
    I only ask because if I did that, the edge would not necessarily be parallel to the other side.

  2. joeleonetti on 3 November 2022 at 2:21 am

    Thanks Paul for the comment regarding a pencil to transfer the tails vs. a knife gave a better fit. I have been using a knife rather than a pencil thinking it was superior. Based on your comment, I will have to give the pencil a try as my biggest challenge is the pins and tails are too tight.

    • dpaul on 9 November 2022 at 9:53 pm

      I now use a knife to transfer, then run a pencil or pen through the knife mark. When I saw, I leave the drawn line. My accuracy has gone way up to near perfect off the saw. At least that what works for me in soft wood like pine or fir.

  3. joeleonetti on 3 November 2022 at 2:27 am

    Paul, in this video you used your gentleman’s saw to cut the dovetails rather than the dovetail saw. What makes you choose one vs. the other. I have both and really haven’t experimented much with one vs. the other. Curious what drives your decision. Many thanks.

  4. Carole Burns on 3 November 2022 at 9:16 am

    Thanks Paul, have a very happy birthday.

  5. Nicholas Gaudiuso on 3 November 2022 at 11:03 am

    Happy birthday. You are a fantastic teacher. God bless you

    • Katrina Sellers on 4 November 2022 at 10:08 am

      Hey Nicholas, Thank you for your kind message but you are a little early, Paul’s birthday isn’t until 4th January

  6. Bob Wake on 4 November 2022 at 8:21 pm

    We’re you using oil on your diamond stones this time .Normally you use glass cleaner

  7. Flemming Aaberg on 5 November 2022 at 8:29 am

    Hi Paul – at 11.11 where you are marking out for the pins, the dovetails are sitting out over the edge rather than being flush like you usually do. Was there some particular reason for this – have I missed something obvious?

  8. CJ on 7 November 2022 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Paul- watching this, especially episode number two, I’m wondering how you feel about the Moxon vise? It not only holds the work more securely when cutting tails and pins than a quick release vise, but it would correct the cupping issues without jumping through hoops. It’s also easy and inexpensive to build and easily stored out of the way when not in use. Have you ever used a Moxon vise in your career? Thanks for any feedback you might have.

  9. Victor Bouchez on 9 November 2022 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Paul, did you consider using the bullnose functionality of the Stanley 78 for this rebate ? I have never seen anyone use it, but in this situation it seems like it could work well. Thank you

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