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55 years on, Paul remakes his first ever woodworking project, a simple yet modern looking wall shelf featuring stopped housing dados, plugged screws, homemade hardware and shaped and rounded sides.

Tool List

  • Knife
  • Square
  • Tape/Ruler (or both)
  • Sliding bevel
  • Chisel hammer
  • Chisels (at least 1″)
  • Hand router (see how to make a ‘Poor Man’s Router here)
  • Smoothing plane (No 4)
  • Spokeshave (flat bottomed)
  • *Scrub Plane
  • Handsaw/Tenon saw
  • No 80 Cabinet Scraper
  • Card scraper
  • Hand drill or drill driver
  • *Rasp
  • File
  • Square Awl
    * = optional

Joints List

  • Stopped housing dado


  1. bytesplice on 25 May 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Looks like a good first project for my daughter – if I can get her to put her phone down for a few hours!

  2. Martin G. on 25 May 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Oh hey , you didn’t have to apologise for sending this out to us free subscribers – well, at least in my opinion. That you did anyway speaks very much in your favor.
    Thanks for sharing so much invaluable information and great projects for free over the years!

  3. jakegevorgian on 28 May 2018 at 3:47 am

    These will be such beautiful series, Paul. I hope you realise that we love you more than a master. It’s great to hear about your connection to the pieces you have made. It’s a level of holiness.

  4. williep on 31 May 2018 at 12:23 am

    my granddaughter will love this project

  5. Stephen Fitzpatrick on 18 June 2018 at 10:03 am

    I built this (or a version of it at least) on Fathers’ Day with my 13 year old daughter. We had a great time and she’s really proud of her new shelves!

  6. HRHS on 15 March 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Hi paul

    I would like to make this 36 inches instead of 20 long. do you think it will hold up?

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