Spice Shelf: Episode 2

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Few joints are more satisfying to master than the sliding dovetail, but then too knowing that your hidden work builds into itself amazing longevity designed to last as long as wood will last. We can’t imagine anyone not enjoying creating this beautiful working system of joinery, given to us by the masters of old. The precision of the layout and using the various knifewalls is both satisfying and enriching, but more than that it is the guarantee we use to align our chisel and saw cuts to that preset of perfection.


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  1. Travis Horton on 24 June 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Good to know I’m only 10 sliding dovetails away from mastering this joint.

    Now, to get started…

  2. jurgen01 on 24 June 2020 at 6:14 pm

    First-class work. A very enjoyable and informative video, as well. Thank you!

  3. Len Aspell on 27 June 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Fabulous work and explained by demonstration. Thank you.

  4. tcurtis on 2 July 2020 at 12:21 am

    I loved it when Paul says “…now we’re cooking with gas!” Love the techniques shown and how Paul is able to communicate them. Thanks

  5. ted clawton on 17 April 2021 at 6:44 am

    ” … technically it’s not necessary, but I just felt like making it awkward for you … ” lol thanks Paul, dry Britt humor … brilliant XD

  6. ted clawton on 17 April 2021 at 7:35 am

    Paul, I appreciate you showing us the “3 Joints” over and over again … I’m not being facetious, and I really appreciate this expansion on the housing dado joint. I hope to see stopped housing sliding dovetails in a heavier project — it’s nice here as an introduction, but I hope to also see it in a weightier project where structural integrity is more of a concern. Because I’d like to progress to it. I’ve already used your basic “3” in real-world projects that have nothing to do with your projects here, based on what I’ve learned from making your projects here. Hope I can also do that with the sliding dovetail. Best Regards.

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