1. I guess that Paul’s goal is to show how to create projects/joints with a minimal number of tools/techniques involved. Most of Paul’s joints seem to revolve around the use of saw and chisel, or, tools to which most of us have easy access.
      That being said, if you have a skew rabbet, go for it. =)

    1. Hi,

      Paul says:
      No particular reason, except we are using this as a training project as with all our projects. This is not a joint we have demonstrated before and the project was ideal.

      Kind Regards,

  1. Not a question but more of a comment: I wish Paul would go over the complete layout, rather than say the other one is done the same (I’m speaking about the last couple minutes where he lays out the tenon side walls)… I’m dense and seeing is knowing!

      1. It does provided it’s *exactly* the same.

        I wondered if there’s a more accurate way to make the first horizontal knife wall for the second mortise hole, to ensure the separating rail is precisely horizontal – i.e. some way to square across the marching knifewall from the other side. I guess there isn’t, so you just do the same process being careful to measure accurately!

  2. I tried the dry fit of the carcass and realized I have a twist in my top board. Should I route a deeper hole to offset that? Not sure how to continue, the top was flat but I took a two week pause and its twisted on me now

  3. The tops and bottoms of the side pieces define flat and true. They are stout and strong and should resist the twisting of the top board. I’d double check that the ends of your side pieces are parallel and out of twist with each other. For example, you could stand them up parallel to each other and put winding strips across them. Then, try the dry assembly again but with clamps. See whether clamps will pull that twisted top piece into true and that the whole structure looks flat and true once clamped. I expect it will look fine. If so, then I’d just glue up. Since these are simple housings, they rely 100% on the glue, so I’d probably add a couple screws through the top into the sides (drill, clear the shank, etc.) and hide them with plugs. Plan B is plane the top board flat again…get the twist out. Then, recut the housings. This will leave you with a thinner top, but it may not matter and may not even be visible, depending upon how much twist you have.

  4. Glad it worked! After some more thought, I think the sides do more to constrain cupping rather than twist. For twist, the sides produce a tug-of-war between the top and bottom. I’m not sure how much the drawer supports contribute. In any case, I’m glad it worked.

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