Shoe Tidy: Episode 2

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The importance of fitting tenons into their relative mortise holes with precision should never be underestimated, and Paul deploys tips and techniques to avoid any under-sizing that might occur in the process of fitting. Using the conventional hand tools that he has used and adapted through the decades, means that you can hone your interpretive skills to respond to what you feel at the cutting edges of each tool. The frame of the shoe tidy will stand on its own four legs by the end of this video, replete with all the mortises, tenons and grooves completed.

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  1. Gary Gibbons on 8 January 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Looking forward to cut sheet and drawings!

  2. pauline2165 on 9 January 2020 at 12:19 am

    Beauty and excellence, thank’s Paul.

  3. wdelliott on 9 January 2020 at 6:46 am

    Could you comment on your choice of tenon saw? It looks deeper than your usual one.

    • Izzy Berger on 9 January 2020 at 4:07 pm


      Paul says:
      I interchange with all of my tenon saws and also include gents saws in there. I find tune my saws according to the work i’m doing, this is impossible for me to discuss or teach via a blog or video. It’s just intuitively developed over a number of years.

      Kind Regards,

  4. hancocke on 11 January 2020 at 3:16 pm


    I do not own a plough plane.

    Any suggestions on how Paul would make the grooves.

    Thank you.


    • Izzy Berger on 14 January 2020 at 10:45 am

      Hi Ed,

      Paul says:

      Saw down to depth and use the chisel to chop and lever out the waste, although it is more tedious and laboursome. You could use the router plane in the bottom to finalise the level.

      Kind Regards,

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