Sellers Home TV Unit: Episode 5

TV Unit EP5 KF

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Assembly follows a specific procedure so as not to strain the joinery as we go. In this episode, Paul uses a variety of methods to help retain the integrity of each joint in turn. As Paul lifts the pieces and puts them together, the frames unite strongly, and the clamps pull the components square and in line. Surface planing levels the joints and the plinth goes in place to settle the whole carcass. Traditional turnbuttons are quick and easy to make and, by these, we allow the top panel to expand and contract.


  1. Paul Rowell on 29 September 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Great video, but the music is just irritating. It was like being on hold on the telephone.

    • Katrina Sellers on 30 September 2021 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks for your feedback

      • Paul Rowell on 30 September 2021 at 4:41 pm

        Just wondering would it be possible to have the music as an optional layer on the video – that way we can keep everyone happy!

      • Matthew Hébert on 10 October 2021 at 12:57 pm

        I like the music, personally. I think the production value of the most recent series of vids is a big improvement. The magnification, the camera angles, and yes, even the music and the clips of nature really enhance these to something beyond a mere teaching video. For what it’s worth. . . .

    • Michael OBrien on 3 October 2021 at 4:26 pm

      I agree completely that the annoying background music is a real negative, especially for those of us older people with hearing discrimination issues and that wear hearing aids. The music of the plane, the files, Paul’s voice and tools are music enough for me. The music is also too loud and changes too abruptly too. It is bad enough for me to consider stopping my membership if the music continues. Stop I music, I stopped watching this video. Thanks for listening.
      Michael O’Brien
      Alabama, USA

  2. jakegevorgian on 30 September 2021 at 3:55 am

    Very beautiful work, Paul.
    The drawer design reminded me of a cabinet I made a few years ago. It was being used in my studio for tools, paste waxes, etc. then I brought it home when my baby was born to use it as a diaper changing place.
    The top structure is exactly like yours, the bottom is dovetailed and the back has got two cross rails—all dovetailed. The drawer fronts on mine are also Mitered on the edges so it creates an interesting effect. By the way, speaking of strength, we wouldn’t use it for our baby if it was weak.


  3. Tim DeMarais on 30 September 2021 at 1:17 pm

    I find Paul’s running commentary while working to be invaluable and missed it in this video. I much prefer the live audio feed for videos of this length and found the music distracting at times. I do not mind dubbed audio with music for a few minutes while speeding through repetitive work.

    • Victor Ammons on 7 October 2021 at 3:36 am

      I agree about the music and about the live commentary while Paul is working. The overlaid comments just doesn’t appeal tome.

  4. hgwilliams on 30 September 2021 at 3:02 pm

    I agree with several others that the music is annoying and, at least for me, distracting. Thanks.

  5. allaninoz on 1 October 2021 at 8:30 am

    Living in Queensland Australia (very humid) do I have to leave more space between the turnbutton and the side of the framework? You seem to have yours attached hard up against the side so I assume from your experience and knowledge of wood type you might place them accordingly? Many thanks, Allan

  6. Flemming Aaberg on 2 October 2021 at 11:13 am

    Voice over still not my preferred. Having said that may I suggest music that’s not so repetitive and perhaps turn it’s volume down so we don’t need to toggle the volume control up and down when Paul speaks.

  7. michael kelton on 3 October 2021 at 4:37 am

    great project and loved the music and have taught myself how yo pick it on my old pawn shop geetar. maybe next time play santana! oops.

  8. Michael OBrien on 3 October 2021 at 4:56 pm

    If the intent of the background music in this TV stand episode 5 was to disrupt the flow of Paul’s instruction, then you have accomplished that. When I watch a movie or listen to music, I do not want to hear saws, planes, hammers and drills in the background, and when I listen to instructional woodworking videos with saws, planes, hammers and drills, I do not want to hear background music.
    For the hearing impaired, it is a real challenge to hear Paul’s good instructions with the competing music.
    Thank you.

  9. MIKE OBRYAN on 4 October 2021 at 11:57 pm

    I much prefer the live action Paul doing the commentary. I don’t feel like I can build with Paul in this format.

  10. david o'sullivan on 5 October 2021 at 8:37 pm

    i enjoyed the play and explain format very much its nice to see Paul focused in his work without having to teach as well i found the music very soothing

  11. Kent Hansen on 6 October 2021 at 12:58 pm

    I like the voiceover style of this one…I’ve seen comments suggesting Paul is the “Bob Ross” of woodworking and this video lends to that idea. Very relaxing and still gives a great summary of the work being done…nice! Thanks again, Paul and crew!

  12. Al on 23 October 2021 at 2:19 pm

    I will add my voice to those who did not like the background music with voice over for for the entire video. That approach is great when used as a brief interlude between segments, often showing Paul repeating a process previously demonstrated (often on the opposite side), but is a bit too much for an entire 30 minute segment.

    I personally get much more out of the live narration where Paul is talking through the process live as he performs it, especially when things do not go perfectly smoothly (i.e.; like when hitting a bit of wild grain – if you don’t mind a sort of pun!). That kind of unscripted running commentary is so much more valuable than a typical “how-to” video.

    Said another way, in a traditional Paul Sellers video, you really feel like he is talking directly to you, helping you to learn. In this style, you feel more like he is talking to audience. And while I cannot deny the great production quality of this video, I much prefer the more informal feeling of being in the shop with Paul.

  13. Patrick Bishop on 21 November 2021 at 9:47 pm

    As usual, great project. However, it seems to me that using oak and cherry for the back panel, which no one is likely to see, is not the best use of expensive wood. Wouldn’t plywood with oak edging strip do the job?

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