Workbench Customisations: Bench Drawer Episode 3

Bench Drawer EP3 Keyframe

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The dovetail recesses are laid out and cut to fit the tails. Paul shows how to make a correction to the recess. Then the groove for the bottom of the drawer is ploughed.


  1. Ryan Navarre on 21 September 2018 at 10:26 am


  2. Bill Hall on 21 September 2018 at 11:05 am

    Really like seeing the slight mess ups and the counter measures taken to fix and prevent going forward.

    • Farred on 22 September 2018 at 7:02 pm

      Yes. I think the better you get, the less mistakes, but a good craftsman knows how to deal with inevitable mistakes.

      • Joseph Kesselman on 23 September 2018 at 2:26 am

        Being able to correct or hide mistakes when you make them is part of the craft. If nobody but an expert can tell you made the mistake — and even they have to look carefully — that really is good enough.

        And for many things, if you do it consistently, you can pass it off as style rather than mistake. Musicians learn to rely on that technique.

        A related thought from my profession: Programming can be described as the art of debugging a blank sheet of paper.

    • Andy Doller on 30 September 2018 at 4:51 pm

      I would greatly benefit from a series of videos for ideas to improve or recover from these common mistakes. Personally, as a perfectionist, I hesitate to start projects for fear of messing up. It would be helpful to see a way past these seemingly terminal mistakes and recover to a satisfying conclusion.

      Ironically, I am coming to grips that if you want perfect spacing and angles, get a machine. So I am becoming more interested in finding the human aspects of construction like recognizably different angles on dove tails, mixed pitches and finished surfaces only on the critical faces. The way of Wabi-Sabi in some ways.

  3. beach512 on 21 September 2018 at 11:55 am

    I really enjoyed this video. I have seen Paul make a half blind DT drawer before but this series has taught me even more things about it. I like the masking tape tip and the method for repairing a gap. The pace of this series is just right for me. It forces me to be patient and take my time at each step.

    • Joseph Kesselman on 23 September 2018 at 2:37 am

      I agree, the pace is fine. It’s like attending a live class, rather than a video where they went back and overdubbed it to pack all the information into the shortest time possible. This way we get to see that, even for an expert, it takes a bit of patience and care and time, and that not everything will be (or needs to be) perfect at the first attempt. You can trim, you can patch, and if worst comes to worst this project’s being done in inexpensive wood so you can afford to set the imperfect piece aside for a future project and try again.

  4. Michael Lamb on 21 September 2018 at 12:32 pm


    Please tell me the maker of your vise. Thank you!

  5. Billy Lee on 21 September 2018 at 1:34 pm

    One of the best series yet! Looking forward to the fitting and fettling for same…..

  6. Matthew Salisbury on 21 September 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Any consideration as to the grain/growth rings on the sides and front? I noticed that he had the clear face on the inside, knots on the outside of the sides.

    • Philip Adams on 24 September 2018 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Matthew, Paul certainly considers the grain on any areas that are visible (so special focus on the front) and also how any grain will effect cutting the joints.

  7. Paul Whoknows on 21 September 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Amazing as usual, thank you.

  8. ballinger on 21 September 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Super thanks for sharing the repair technique.

  9. Ed Black on 21 September 2018 at 7:18 pm

    You really get a workout doing the grooves. Makes my day when you put out new videos. I have watched all of your videos more than once.