Tool Chest: Episode 15

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In this episode, Paul shows us how to construct the housing joint with through tenon for the back corners of the drawers. He also does the initial fitting and grooving of the drawers, in preparation for gluing up.

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  1. kiyoshigawa on 16 October 2013 at 3:04 pm

    great job guys, thanks for this one. 😉

    (Sorry, Ken. Couldn’t resist.)

  2. Ken on 16 October 2013 at 3:13 pm

    HaHa nice one Tim 🙂

    Thanks for this one guys, great job 😉

  3. Craig on 16 October 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I feel like Rip Van Winkle, The last part was installing the hinges and now we’ve time warped past the half blind dovetails into half finished drawers.
    Did I miss Episode 13a 🙂


    • Ken on 16 October 2013 at 4:03 pm

      I think we all did Craig. I for one was looking forward to seeing Paul’s method of half blind dovetails

      • dborn on 16 October 2013 at 11:41 pm

        I’ll second that, it third! I have made half blind dovetails before, but would love to see Paul’s approach

  4. humanic on 16 October 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Exelent lesson!

    Simple and clever method to upgrade the tool box drawers.

    I’m the only one who missed the episode of half blind dovetails?

    Best regards from Girona, Catalonia


  5. bobeaston on 16 October 2013 at 5:06 pm

    It looks as though this should have been episode 15 ~~after~~ the dovetail episode. I bet we’ll see the dovetail episode next week. ;-}

    • Ken on 16 October 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Agreed bob, I thought of that after I posted. Joseph could possibly re upload the episode

  6. David Gill on 16 October 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I am not sure what happened there so un Paul like It does look like a lump of Video is missing

  7. Mark Armstrong on 16 October 2013 at 6:12 pm

    The blind dovetails have turned into secret dovetails lol
    Sure is a bit missing.
    Still good though 😉

    • jaxplane on 16 October 2013 at 10:08 pm

      You didn’t see the half blind dovetail video? It was amazing ))))

  8. Scott on 16 October 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Hmmm…. I was looking forward to how Paul marks and pares his half-blind dovetails. Will that joint will be covered in a core technique video?

    Paul does mention the dovetail spacings, and also covers the way he marked the length for the drawer sides. To me, it seems as if this omission is intentional.

    • bobeaston on 16 October 2013 at 7:13 pm

      It’s just a guess Scott, but I’m thinking this is simply a sequencing mistake, accidentally skipping over an episode, I have every trust that they’ll get the dovetail episode published.

    • jaxplane on 16 October 2013 at 10:10 pm

      He teased early on about his great way to do the half laps. I hope it was an omission .

  9. david o'sullivan on 16 October 2013 at 7:34 pm

    excellent lesson ,but like the rest, am disappointing .i have all my pieces ready but kind of feel confused as how to approach it now ,i am presuming there is rails to be fitted also for top drawer also ,yep could of done with this episode next week

  10. eksund on 16 October 2013 at 8:08 pm


    Where are the lesson on the half-blinds??
    Hope there is an update on the missing part.

  11. Scott on 16 October 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Paul – I’ve read that the Veritas Plough Plane benefits by using some light sanding to rough up the post on the depth stop to keep it from slipping. Perhaps the fence rails could also benefit?

  12. RL on 16 October 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I haven’t found my fence slips on my Veritas plough(!) plane, but I did make an auxiliary fence to widen the registration area. The depth stop, on the other hand, does slip from time to time, so I have to be careful of that.

  13. Joseph Sellers on 16 October 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Ok, you guys have rightly pointed out that there seems to be some material missing. We looked into it and we have indeed got our episodes mixed up. This episode should be 15. Sorry.

    The good news? We are going to work to get the real episode 14 up in the next couple of days and we will back on track with episode 16 next Wednesday. Yep, you guys will get an extra episode out of this mistake.

    Thanks for your patience.

    • Ken on 16 October 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks Joseph

    • dborn on 16 October 2013 at 11:42 pm

      It’s like Christmas in October! Thanks Joseph!

    • Craig on 17 October 2013 at 12:58 am

      You really should have waited until tomorrow for this announcement….we were having too much fun with this 🙂
      PS Thanks for all your hard work.

  14. humanic on 17 October 2013 at 4:04 am

    People behind the scene makes also this online course so special.

    Thanks for your great work.


  15. Anonymous on 17 October 2013 at 6:05 am

    Skipping around episodes out of sequence is very Dr. Who of you. You must all be fans.

    • NikonD80 on 17 October 2013 at 10:12 pm

      I checked with the Dalek that lives in my workshop and he claims that this is indeed a devious ploy by the Daleks designed to confuse us all. I have chucked a blanket over him as a punishment and he has promised not to interfere with the woodworking master classes systems again.

      On a more on topic note it was nice (in a good way) to see that even Paul can have a saw catch and slip on him. It was a great reminder to not stop or give up just because things aren’t going 100% smoothly. I think this is what I like about Paul’s videos most of all; they aren’t sanitised by editing. You see the entire work process just as it happened.

  16. David Gill on 17 October 2013 at 6:17 am

    Hi Joseph
    The measure of a great organisation is not that it does not make mistakes but how well it sorts out errors when they happen
    Great job Well done

  17. david o'sullivan on 17 October 2013 at 7:39 am

    trilled this will be great thanks looking forward to the weekend now

  18. Charles Hart on 17 October 2013 at 8:59 pm

    What a treat two episodes in a few days. I wish the calmness Paul has in working will someday come to me. Each episode looks so simple until I transfer the method to my bench, I need to take the irritation I feel when it doesn’t go as easily and make it curiosity. I think if I calm down a little it won’t be so hard to do. I smile each time I watch a session. Thanks guys,

  19. STEVE MASSIE on 17 October 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I am a Day late to the party, even though I enjoyed this episode immensely, I was wondering what happen to the blind Dove Tail’s as well. I love Pau’s signature drawer build with the mortice and tenon joint, I am sure it is very strong.

    Thanks Paul and crew for yet another superior video, I am learning so much, and love these little tricks of the “Master”, yes Paul you have earned that Title in my Book.


  20. werewolf2o on 10 November 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Plough planning the groove through the Dovetail seems counter productive to me, surely it weakens the joint and if a through Dovetail we need to make a plug. Should we not move the dovetail up a few mm to avoid the groove?

    • Derek Plattsmier on 5 December 2018 at 11:28 am

      @werewolf2o – In my opinion moving the dovetail, even a few mm, would throw off the proportionality of the dovetails aesthetically. Regarding the strength of the joint, I don’t think a 4-5mm deep grove compromises the integrity of the joint in such a shallow drawer that won’t be under much stress because there can’t be much weight in a space that narrow. I’m no master joiner or structural engineer but in my experience this seems to be the case. Cheers.

  21. Todd Rudolph on 24 January 2018 at 9:42 am

    The veritas fences do have a tendency to slip however I found a solution To slipping fence on instagram “berncarpenter “ Bernard Billsberry. makes a leather wrench so you can tighten the lock nuts down and not have to worry about damage to your tool or loosing accuracy of the tool. I have one and it works wonders. I am not associated with him in any way I just found a solution to s problem that veritas has never addressed and obviously so have others so much as they made a tool to help the tool perform to its full potential.

  22. Dan O'Hayre on 16 October 2018 at 2:33 am

    I’m building the tool chest and just finished one of the drawers. I somehow introduced slight twist into the drawer. It slides in nicely, is tight, looks great etc, but the twist means the right side rises up slightly and when the drawer is fully seated, the back right corner is elevated. If I plane the twist out of it the drawer, I won’t have the clean, tight fit I have right now. If I install a drawer runner above that side that prohibits the right side from rising up as the drawer slides in, I’m worried it will bind things up and the drawer will be very tight. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Ed on 16 October 2018 at 4:55 am

      @DANINDENVER , Does the twist depend upon whether its bottom is installed? Sometimes the bottom can pull the drawer out-of-square and that then translates into twist. Try things with and without the bottom. It’s a bit of a longshot, but worth a look.

      • Dan O'Hayre on 16 October 2018 at 5:09 am

        1/4 ply bottom is all. I must have clamped twist into it somehow during glue up

    • Philip Adams on 16 October 2018 at 10:32 am

      I’d think that the top drawer runner can be fitted or adjusted to work with the twist. That would be my inclination.

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