Sellers Home TV Unit: Episode 7

TV Unit EP7 KF

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Forming the housing dadoes and fitting the back piece completes the main drawer assembly, prior to fitting the bottom panel and gluing everything together. Paul uses a twin knifewall technique for cross-grain cutting you may never have seen before. Gluing up must be methodical to prevent glue freeze and swelling fibres, so we follow established patterns to make the whole process efficient. In this episode, we layout the housing dadoes to the upstand area that supports the TV itself.


  1. michael kelton on 14 October 2021 at 1:40 am

    paul amazes me !!!!

  2. michael kelton on 14 October 2021 at 1:47 am

    I am curious as to why Mr Sellers used the twin knife wall instead of the regular technique, i am very curious about that? i will go back and watch it again, maybe he said why and i missed it, if not could you please tell me why. MANY THANKS!!!!!

    • Paul Rowell on 14 October 2021 at 7:47 am

      It is so that you can use both sides of whatever you are cutting without splintering due to the crosscut.

    • Katrina Sellers on 15 October 2021 at 2:02 pm

      I asked Paul and his reply was:

      Two knife walls so you don’t get splinters on either piece.

  3. joeleonetti on 14 October 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks Paul. I think my question is the same as Michael Kelton’s. In this video, you’ve shown two techniques for making housing dados. One technique involves chiseling one side down a bit then registering the cross piece to mark out the final width of the housing dado. The other technique is to create one knife line then put the cross piece on and mark and knife line the final width. Obviously both methods work for getting the width of the housing dado. Are there any situations which dictate which of these two methods you would use or is it just personal preference?

    • Katrina Sellers on 15 October 2021 at 2:04 pm

      I asked Paul and his reply was:

      The first method is usually more accurate because in almost every case compression of the fibres through chopping will move the knife wall no matter how small that move is offering the piece to that knife wall then reduces the risk of making a loose joint but I do use both according to preference.

  4. Ian Hemphill on 14 October 2021 at 4:49 pm

    Just want to give a large shout-out to the person who is driving the camera for Paul. The closeup work is really lovely. I’m just passing my 4th year of learning from Paul, and being able to closely examine the level of care and accuracy that he is putting into every ‘chop’ and ‘pare’ is very motivating. I can only aspire. (But I do…. 😁).

    • Katrina Sellers on 15 October 2021 at 11:16 am

      What lovely feedback. Thank you. I passed on the lovely comments to the rest of the team.

  5. Flemming Aaberg on 16 October 2021 at 10:22 am

    Great one Paul and team – lots of little extra nuggets I hadn’t seen or heard previously. The camera work is excellent – it always was great but has just got better and better over the years. The music only segments were also nicely balanced so that the actual wood working could still be heard – let’s face it, nothing beats the sound of sawing chiselling, paring and routing.

  6. michael kelton on 18 October 2021 at 1:07 pm

    MANY THANKS for the answer on the twin knife wall!7-05 am 10 18- 21, now i will go and watch him build something else.

  7. Ian Higgins on 25 November 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Forgive me if I have missed something but on my run through this series there seems to be no mention of fitting the spacer and spacer support blocks above the large draw (Parts R and S on the cutting list). Part S does not seem to be shown on the drawing

  8. Vivien LEGER on 16 May 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Hello Paul & Team.
    As it is always enjoyable to see Paul work and learn from him, i must leave this comment for the special scene at the end with the close up and the music.
    I really (REALLY) enjoyed this part, this kind of image are very rare and i can only image the ambiance in the shop with Paul focused on his work and the cameraman also pulling some extreme precision and skill in his live of work.
    Thank to all the team that make this moments possible for us to enjoy, to Paul to share his incredible knowledge, sometime it s small things… The way you hold your chisel, keep the ruler from the waste side.
    This 3 months i’ve been swiping my flooring after 45 minutes or so of woodworking because i saw how clean Paul keep his Shop … it s smalls thing again, but i feel better for it.

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