Tool Chest: Episode 3


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In this episode Paul assembles and glues up the main frame of the tool chest. This concludes the section on the large dovetail joinery for this project.

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  1. Ken on 31 July 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Great job guys, thanks for this one

  2. Eddy Flynn on 31 July 2013 at 2:47 pm

    if ever there was an episode that proves the need for rehearsal i think this is it .

  3. STEVE MASSIE on 31 July 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Yes this was another very good video, and proves you never have enough clamps, great job Guy’s.


  4. David Gill on 31 July 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Great Video as usual,
    I always struggle with identification of the parts , it all seems so clear till you take it apart and then try to put it back together , there must be a totally foolproof system.

    • jgust747 on 31 July 2013 at 6:47 pm

      write the name and direction of the part on the part with chalk. Chalk is softer than wood and will not lave a mark, it’s easy to skim off.

      • flatironjoe on 1 August 2013 at 6:36 am

        Pencil works just fine. Use the side of the lead instead of the point, and it won’t dig into the wood.

        • Ken on 1 August 2013 at 7:15 am

          Yeah Paul recommended the side of the point in one of his very first videos.
          Chalk is much easier to remove though.

          • flatironjoe on 2 August 2013 at 2:47 am

            Well, I already have a pencil handy all the time. Never see the point in adding another tool when the one I have in my hand does the job.
            And I’ve never had any trouble removing it.
            To each his own.

  5. david o'sullivan on 31 July 2013 at 11:18 pm

    wow! he really had to go for it there

  6. Jason on 2 August 2013 at 2:58 pm

    You mentioned if the box was pine, the glue would make the wood swell faster than the mahogany. How do you deal with that? Work faster?

    • Joseph Sellers on 6 August 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Hi @jason,
      Yes, you would need to work faster. However, if you work efficiently you should still have time to get it together without any problems. Hard wood just gives you a bit longer.

      • Jason on 6 August 2013 at 9:07 pm

        Thanks Joseph. Is tree ever a case you would make the joint looser? Perhaps with a particularly difficult glue-up?

        • Joseph Sellers on 7 August 2013 at 8:12 am

          Yes and no. I would not be happy with a joint that I did not have to apply pressure to fit together. Actually it is probably the opposite of what you think. On hard woods it is important to fit the joint exactly. You won’t get away with slightly wide tails on the denser woods. On pine however, you can get away with a tiny amount of extra wood, in hundredths if not thousandths of an inch.

          Softwoods tend to absorb moisture faster which is why Paul gives the warning in the above video. Making the joint slightly looser wouldn’t make much different.

          Having said all of the above I would encourage you not to worry about it too much. Make some smaller joints first if possible and try it out. You will work it out 🙂

          • Jason on 7 August 2013 at 4:03 pm

            I’ll definitely do that. Thanks!

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