1. Good point about #5 plane (my favourite plane). The angled shelf could go closer to vertical to provide more length – one option. Or tweak the design so the cabinet is a bit deeper. The fun of design – each decision influences the others.

    1. That’s a good point. I’m not complaining so much as just letting him know that I think we can all move a bit faster than the rate at which content has been provided. It’s really a good thing that I want more and more; can’t get enough of the great Paul Sellers! The guy is the best around.

      1. I think it’s difficult to gauge the speed of these builds for a wide array of skill levels. They try hard to accommodate all of us. 18-19? weeks – does that sound like the number of weeks for this project? I’ve been a very satisfied subscriber here for years now. I’ve always wondered if there should be 2 tracks (1 for beginners and 1 for members that have been here since day 1?) I learn something on every project (maybe not every episode) – however subtle. I think many of us would agree the major themes of dovetailing – chopping /cutting mortise and tenons are well covered on numerous project episodes. I would like to advance to veneering / banding / inlay / steam bending / various types of mouldings / cockbeading a drawer (from the first tool chest build) / and still hoping someday for the rocking chair build. Just my two cents. Already can’t wait until next Wednesday.

      2. I agree, that this project has been too long. Over 4 months for this one. I would hope once things are settled that if a project needs this many video’s, then they are able to publish them more often, so that the total time of the project does not take this long.
        Waiting a whole week to see how to trim and fit a shelf should not be necessary.
        However, I love this site, and have used the time to watch ALL of the prior projects.

  1. I liked this project most of all because it addressed all of the problems one has with a cabinet with inset doors. Hanging and fitting the doors for a cabinet is very tricky work and the methods outlined here have answered many questions and solved many problems I have had in the past. In addition, the adjustable shelving brackets are not covered anywhere as well as this. I think that if you try to actually do these tasks you will find that the time Paul took to go over his methods was entirely necessary. Phil Lowe did a queen anne lowboy on fine woodworking .com and he accelerated the pace along the lines you are suggesting. But I found that when I tried to do the work that many finer details that I needed were not covered. And that required me to do considerable research on my own to fill in the blanks.

  2. et al,
    To those who think this series is too long, what portion of each episode would you eliminate?
    I think some constructive suggestions on how the series might be improved are important and would be given serious consideration by Paul and the team. The rest of this “community” doesn’t necessairly need to know the details-use the “Contact ” button screen top right——or not.

    1. I think perhaps it is about the frequency of the published videos and less about the content. My guess is that when Paul planned this that he knew exactly how many episodes that this would take. Perhaps for projects of such length one could consider the possibility of publishing more frequently to reduce the total elapsed time between the first and last episode. On the other hand I have no idea of how much effort goes into editing – I suspect a lot – and whether this is practical especially when you consider that he was writing a book and moving house, workshop etc. in the same timeframe.

  3. Well for me I enjoy these series so much and no complaints on how this drags out. Gives us older slower Guy’s a chance to watch and rewatch if nessassary. I really appreciate the mount of detail that has gone into this series, and Pauls explanations makes it easy to understand.

    I don’t need a tool cabiet but once I can get back in my shop I am going to make this one. My cabinet is over 40 years old and was my 1st major project using plywood and power tools. I will find use for the old cabinet and thhe new one for my hand tools.

    Thanks again Paul and crew for another great video and can’t wait for Pauls new book and DVD’s arrive, which should be soon I hope.


  4. This episode spent more time repeating some steps on the simple, horizontal shelf than was maybe required. Then the more complex angled shelf was glossed over. There was a summary “how I did it” but not a live demonstration.

    In future I would prefer to see the easy / basic version of a technique get proper attention, but maybe not repeat each step. This would allow some focus time on how to manage the “tricky bits” of the more challenging version.

    This kind of approach might also help address the challenge of presenting new material to the more advanced subscriber without baffling the less skilled viewer. “just a suggestion”.

  5. I know I should stay out of this but part of my specialism as a teacher and as a mentor of teachers has been to do with pacing and content of lessons. My estimation of Paul’s rhythm is that it is somewhere up there with Ben Webster’s. Nonpareil, unequalled, for those who don’t know who Ben Webster was. On a second and unrelated point a concern I have is a confusion between excellence and elitism. in my profession much damage has been done thus. Paul is also an exemplar of the best practice in this regard. There is nothing here of elitism but great volumes on excellence. I went off to read Krenov again after watching Paul last week and ended up feeling quite sad. Some years ago Krenov had persuaded me that fine woodworking was all a bit too much and, for example, making ones own plane would be more than I a mere mortal should even seriously consider. Then I remembered Paul making the rebate plane with an old chisel for the cutter. We can all make our own planes if we want to. And perform acts of fine woodwork. How liberating all this is. And mostly for free!! And what joy to see Paul using a wooden rebate plane. If you have never experienced using one I’d recommend it just for the sheer pleasure it brings. Not least the resultant step which is quite unlike that chipped out by an electric router.

    1. @johnboy
      The phrase “Excellence not elitism” discribes exactly how I feel about Paul’s teaching. I was scared away from hand tool woodworking by the elites who told me I needed an expensive and complex hardwood bench and high end hand tools to do good work. Then there is Mr. Sellers who makes the field accessibe.

      I believe the difference is that Paul is a tradesman and craftsman who has made his living from what he is teaching us. He can show us how to build almost anthing with the 20 or so basic hand tools and a bench made from construction lumber.

      1. He also has a gift for teaching. Others have collections of projects, but Paul is the only person I’ve seen with a progressive curriculum. This may be harder to see in Masterclasses at this point because you just see a pile of projects if you haven’t seen them released one by one, but if you look at his older paperback book, it is very clear that he is walking you through a progression of learning to reduce, shape, and join wood, working from simple spoons up through boxes, shelves, and tables. Masterclasses progresses even further. I still think the toolbox with drawer and panel top/bottom is almost the Rosetta Stone of woodworking.

  6. Having mentioned Ben Webster in passing I’m going for broke. Charlie Parker said Johnny Hodges was the Lily Pons of alto sax playing, and what he meant was that Johnny Hodge’s was the art that concealled art. So thanks to Peter George for underlining my comment about eliteism and excellence, but also to Ed Frank. Paul is a gifted teacher, and that is rather rare in this context. Every procedure has been challenged and qustioned by Paul and as a result often the process has been improved. Read Bayliss on cutting a mortise and then watch Paul. He is clearly in the tradition as outlined by Bayliss, but has improved it. I’ve cut lots of mortises successfully the Bayliss way but as soon as I tried Paul’s slightly altered approach I knew it was better. All my now long life I have pressed down too hard on hand planes. Until Paul demonstrated that this is not only not necessary but in error. As soon as I tried pushing and not prressing I knew Paul was right, and where I’ve been underperforming. His way is easier and produces a better result.

    Part of being a really good teacher is analysising and fine tuning what the student does. Paul has done this for me without us even meeting. He has done this by passing on his knowledge of the errors of other students. To teach this well you need insight and an enquiring mind. You also have to have a generous nature. That generous nature however exploits the selfish gene idea. Altruism in a teacher develops the teacher’s understanding and skills as well as those of his students. My mum was a gifted teacher and one of her sayings was, “if you want to really understand something, teach it”. Many of my pedagogic colleagues were never secure enough in themselves to realize this. And of course we were not taught it on courses on teaching…..

    I think there are other good teachers out there on you tube etc but they frequently are self taught and thus do not have the insights into the tradition that Paul gained by coming through the old traditional system. There is a puzzle here for me: the people I have met who came through the traditonal system (not just in woodwork but in many crafts and professions) are not like Paul. By comparison they lack insight, creativity, and they can’t teach what they know. JMW Turner, the great painter is quoted as having said of his profession, “rum show Art”. Well yes, he might have said, “rum show life”. I believe the pinacles are reached by respecting the tradition but in such a way that nothing is taken for granted. Try it but only believe it in as far as it works for you.

    Paul talks calmly enough but to a degree about a world that is in danger of vanishing. The skills he teaches (real skills not psuedo “management “skills” and the like”) are endangered. Or they were. I’ve seen this in many areas of my life and that may explain my current obsessions. My wife thinks I’d offer to marry Paul if he were gay.

    To amplify Peter George’s comments, I’d accepted that for me cabinet making had led to a cul de sac and then this chap comes along and with a bit of magic dust the cul de sac turns out to be a six lane highway.

    Daily woodwork for pleasure. Brilliant. I have spent ages trying to source a triangular file so I can sharpen an old 4tpi rip saw. I still can’t find a single cut file that is big enough but using the eze-lap paddles to finess the sharpening using a double cut is my current solution. Nobody seems to make first cut files any more. And the Nicholson’s I bought years ago are no longer sharp (and also not big enough for this rip saw).

    Where is the Paul Sellers of hand metal work I ask myself?

  7. Question on the slanted shelf, if anyone’s still reading these comments. It’s not clear from the description what the goal of the front cut out is. There seem to be two saw cuts on it. First, there is an cut that seems to match the cut for the back cutouts, and would seem to be taken from the same sliding bevel measurement. Second, there is a small cut at the bottom of the first cut cutout, giving the appearance of an arrow or the like.

    I just finished my shelf. Made the first cut as above , expecting to see what the goal of the second was, and then work it out. But there seems to be no purpose for it.

    Is it possible that the front cutout is supposed to have the arrow shape so that it fits into one of the saw teeth in the supports (i.e. Above the bracket)?
    Don’t think I can change anything at this point, but was curious. Thanks

  8. 2 things I saw here that could be greatly simplified here I think. First, instead of battens or rabits to secure the shelf supports, a simple 3/4 screw driven through the support into the side of the cabinet would eliminate a lot of fuss.

    Second, these shelf supports were never meant to support angled shelving. I’ve seen them in lots of pieces in differing varieties but only for straight & level shelves. The angled shelves in this particular cabinet should be fixed. Just use a temporarily batten to hold them, figure out what’s going on them, set them in place, and attach them permanently to the cabinet sides with screws and no glue. You could always move them later if your needs change.

  9. Excellent series WWMC team, thank you.
    I’m working on this tool cabinet right now & these episodes are immensely helpful.
    It’s just a bit disappointing to me that Paul kind of glossed over the most complex element of the shelves: the angled shelf for planes. It seems it would have been more instructive if Paul quickly described how he created the flat shelves and actually demonstrated how he made the complicated angled shelf.
    Thank you all for all your great work. Longtime member, Derek P.

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