Tool Chest: Episode 14

Toolbox 14!

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In this episode, Paul demonstrates cutting the half-blind dovetail joints for the front corners of the drawer. This technique is one that is nearly universal in making drawers and hides the joint when viewing the drawer from the front.

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  1. Ken on 17 October 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Nice work guys, thanks for this one 😉

  2. pawpawdon63 on 18 October 2013 at 12:17 am

    Stopped at 19:30. First time I’ve ever had a problem. Guess I’ll check back later.

  3. Eddy Flynn on 18 October 2013 at 12:48 am

    fantasic lesson after a week of putting flat pack (swedish) furniture together for a friend it is a joy to see real wood and hand cut joints thanks for keeping the art alive

  4. norm lafond on 18 October 2013 at 1:11 am

    as usual, very subtle and very refined

  5. BNolan on 18 October 2013 at 3:23 am

    Must. Have. That. Dovetail. Template

  6. bobeaston on 18 October 2013 at 3:26 am

    What a beautiful join! Thanks for showing the fine details. That very shallow recess is a fine technique for insuring no inside gaps. Wonderful!

    Thanks also for the extra work of straightening out the episode sequence. I appreciate not only the woodworking techniques, but also the behind the scenes work of the technical crew. Thanks all.

  7. Brian Loran on 18 October 2013 at 3:59 am

    Great episode! Thanks.

  8. humanic on 18 October 2013 at 5:14 am

    The passion that this man puts into his work is really, and wonderfully, contagious. He guides my hands, and my mind, to make the work as perfectly as possible with a simplicity an precission that I never could imagine was possible to get.

    My most sincere grateful, Mr. Sellers.

    Thanks Joseph by this weekend gift.


  9. pawpawdon63 on 18 October 2013 at 6:47 am

    Great presentation! So proud of the integrity…..inspiries me to dedicate myself to consistently striving for perfection. This very adeptly illustrates the value of patience. Mr Sellers, you are an excellent teacher and I am happy to sit at your feet. Thank you.

  10. NikonD80 on 18 October 2013 at 1:57 pm

    That’s go to be the best video done to date. For me, this episode reinforced that you can’t be shown things too many times. I learnt so much when Paul was showing how to plane the drawer front to size despite it being stuff that he has said before about not having to push down. It explains why I sometimes end up with a slight belly in the middle of my edges. Can’t wait to get out into the workshop and try things out now.

    I also would like to add my thanks to the unseen crew who work so hard for us all. It can’t be easy having to react to sudden movement like that and film a close up and keep things framed and in focus. Its a tribute to them that each video feels like its just the viewer and Paul.

  11. David Gill on 18 October 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Great video Paul & team
    I have never made a half Lap Dovetail but am now inspired to have a go.
    “Master Classes” is such an apt name


  12. mchickm on 18 October 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Excellent ! ! great new technique and great production as always!


  13. Xavi Molina on 19 October 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Always excellent!!

    Thanks, thanks, thanks

  14. STEVE MASSIE on 20 October 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Oh this is great, the more I watch these the more I learn. I am anxious to build some drawers now using the “Housing Dado with Mortice and Tenon, that has to be a very strong combination.

    No complains here but curious, are there runners for the drawers or did I miss that ? I also like the idea of the extra 2” or so to hold drawer in from falling / tilting.


    • Philip Adams on 22 October 2013 at 9:38 am

      The runners for the drawers are put in in the next episode.

      • humanic on 26 October 2013 at 4:25 am

        Forgive my presumption, but I think the part who shows how to put the runners for the drawers not appear.

        • Ken on 26 October 2013 at 7:14 am

          Oscar, Paul fits the drawer runners in episode 16, at about the one hour mark

          • humanic on 26 October 2013 at 8:53 am

            Uh! Thanks @ken. I’ve seen It. I think he skipped the order of things at some point, and I missed it. In any case excellent project. Thank you again.


  15. Mark Armstrong on 20 October 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Very methodical, precise, and patient .

  16. smfield on 23 October 2013 at 5:00 pm

    It’s amusing. Some of the relatively new American techniques are probably very old proper woodworking form. Two that I have seen Paul use, but in an alternative way, are the so called Stanley “140 trick” and the “ruler trick”, for putting on a back bevel on a plane cutter.

  17. adrian on 3 November 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Mr Sellers, thank you for another great lesson. Your approach is so rewarding compared to many others out there who are trying to only impress and not teach. Your video takes the time and shows very close up what real bench work is like.
    Striving for the accuracy, is so well illustrated.
    I thank you for your attention to the details we students need to see.

  18. moochiedave on 28 October 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Paul, love the tool chest.
    Would you please tell me what kind of oil you use in your Tomato Can?
    Thank you Moochie

  19. Mitchell on 10 February 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I am wondering why you would use a backer-board to cut square tails instead of cutting both drawer sides together, using the same knife-wall method?

    • rwe2156 on 12 August 2015 at 3:55 am

      Paul, when cutting tails first, I’ve learned you can cut both sides together.
      This not only serves the function of the backer board, but it is more efficient use of sawing. Wondering if you advocate this, and if not, why not?

      Also, do you agree a low angle plane cuts end grain more efficiently? I’m my experience a LA block plane is my go to for this, but I noticed you commented otherwise. Just wondering why you wouldn’t think LA wouldn’t be more effective on end grain. Thanks.

  20. Richard Edwards on 7 May 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Is it my imagination or is the half lap dovetail easier to make than a regular dovetail.

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