1. Paul, just a thought. If you marked all if the housing cuts and then shaped the tops of each piece I think you could eliminate the possibility if breaking off the ends of the housing cuts. This changes the order of creating the pieces but should make it easier for the new woodworking.

    Thanks and Merry Christmas,


  2. Paul, Thank you again for a another project that is something all of us can do and is STUFFED with your shared skills that we always need. Can you tell us more about the jig you used to plane all the parts exactly to 1/2 inch along the entire length?

    1. Paul used black walnut and birdseye maple. The centre strips are 1 5/8″ or 42mm and the edge strips are 5/8″ or 15mm. Although this project can be resizes to any size you want and made from pretty much any wood you want.

  3. Hi Paul & team,

    thanks for the nice project. I wanted a good rasp for quite a while now but I was unsure which coarseness to go for. The one you are using here is exactly the coarseness I am looking for which can be smoothed out quickly with a file. Which grain is it?

    Kind regards,

  4. Hello Paul,

    I am thinking of buying an Auriou rasp as I have been very disappointed with the cheaper versions I’ve bought. There seem to be several – which one is the one in the video ?

  5. I was glad to see Paul pull out the Poor Man’s Thickness Planer. Mine is indispensable in my shop. I actually have two. One for my No. smooth plane and one for my No. 8 jointer. For example I am building a stair rail for my house and have a lot of identical parts to make, particularly for the newels which have frame and panel sides.
    Keep it up guys. You are doing great.
    Rob Riley

  6. Thank you for the beauty & skills you all freely demonstate & willingly share with us eager souls.
    Polite request: Tools/Materials lists.
    Would it be at all possible to include the details of the particular woods/materials used for each project, along with the types of finishing products etc.
    This would really help the less knowledgeable of us select & source our interest in growing supplies.
    Finest regards, Bob.

  7. It would be nice to add the finishing to the list:
    220 grit sandpaper; and Ronseal water-based clear satin varnish.
    The wood is maple and walnut.
    Also the use of six brass screws 1″ x 4 mm.

  8. What method would be used in attaching the bottom board to the tray walls if this was scaled up? My concern is wood expansion across the width.

    For example, the internal tray area was a generous A4 (210 x 297 mm) size, giving a bottom board size of ~ 260 x 350 mm.

    I’m thinking that over-sizing, in the width direction, all the holes in the bottom board would be sufficient to cope with any wood expansion of the bottom board.

    1. Hi Paul,

      Thank you for your question.

      Paul says:
      I think what you could do if you were making the tray much wider is you could screw the bottom board onto the walls and use slots which would allow expansion and contraction as long as you didn’t glue it.

      Kind Regards,

  9. My first ever fine woodworking project! I’m absolutely delighted at the result, as is my wife who received it for Christmas.
    It was fun to make, a nice easy start to the use of hand tools. Looking forward to the more ambitious projects next.

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