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Blog entry by Paul Sellers posted 979 days ago 2289 reads 2 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently demonstrated at the North of England Woodworking Show. This video is not good quality but shows basically what I did. Part of my demonstration was this dovetail and it’s one I have done many times in the USA woodworking shows where I perfected the demo, so people are used to it there. Here in the north of the UK that wasn’t the case so they were interested straight away. Here is how it went.

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog



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#1 posted 979 days ago

Paul, haven’t seen you here for quite a while. Good to have you back. Great demo video.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#2 posted 979 days ago

I noticed that you did not chisel any baselines. Pretty awesome time saver for rough dovetails. I might have to add that to the skill set…thanks.

I agree, I love the calm way you can work wood with hand-tools. It’s as much about the experience of working wood as it is the destination.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#3 posted 979 days ago

:-)
thank´s for the show Poul

Dennis

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#4 posted 979 days ago

nice video Paul. thanks for sharing.

I agree that for 1-off boxes cutting the joints by hand is simply faster than setting up any jig for it. jigs are good when you have to mass produce something like a full kitchen cabinet full of drawers or similar but for making boxes, its so much nicer to just cut those by hand. also less mess and noise. zen!

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#5 posted 979 days ago

Nicely done.thanks for sharing.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 979 days ago

Paul, that’s a pretty impressive demo. I noticed that you didn’t pare the baseline and wondering if it was because you were doing a demo. Is your normal process for cutting dovetails the same or a little more involved?

Thanks.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#7 posted 979 days ago

That was awesome.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#8 posted 979 days ago

Nicely done Paul. So I guess this was not your first time, huh? :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 979 days ago

Sorry for the departure from the ranks. Launching the new book and making the 7 DVDs took a long time. For those interested, the series is called Working Wood the Artisan Course with Paul Sellers

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog

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#10 posted 979 days ago

You are right. I have different grades for different projects. This works well, even for a dozen kitchen drawers. I reckon that starting from scratch I could cut four corners of a drawer in 20 minutes with four tails at each corner, regardless of the wood. Half laps to the front take 10-12 minutes per corner so that’s a little longer.
I make fine furniture too. Currently I am making a ope Chest for my next book and you can see this progress on my blog at www.paulsellers.com . I have been raising panels with a variety of hand planes and tomorrow I raise a panel using only hand tools. After that, Friday or so, i will be making the drawer and using half-lap dovetails for that.
Best for now,

paul

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog

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#11 posted 979 days ago

Dennis, You are always welcome my friend. I have some more that people might be interested in. One is where I make four corners of a box in mahogany and poplar in under 10 minutes. Want to see that one?

Paul

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog

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#12 posted 979 days ago

It’s funny Just as I was driving today I put two and two together between you and the books I have been drooling over.

I now want to grab the course even more. I’ll tell you what I think.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#13 posted 979 days ago

I have system that cuts sets of dovetails for a hundred drawers and all of the dovetails can be fitted to any of the recessed pin pieces. Very fast!

I 47 years as a full time furniture maker I have never used a so called power router to make a single dovetail. Too much like watching paint dry and way to slow for me. This is what my Real Woodworking Campaign is all about. its about people really working the wood instead of just being a machinist.

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog

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#14 posted 979 days ago

You don’t have to convince me. I would rather pull out my Disston than fire up my Ridgid (which I should probably sell to someone who will use it).

I read your manifesto on your site the other day and it struck a cord thanks for putting it into words. It’s nice to see others feel the same way.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#15 posted 979 days ago

Got some more lined up to help.
You see, for a garden tool tote, a kitchen drawer or a a beehive, this method works effectively, and perfectly well for lots of other applications too. As a boy in the 60’s we had to hustle to get the work done. You know, a few months ago at the castle where I have the New Legacy School, a man came to me and said he could cut better dovetails than the professionals that made the furniture 150 years ago. I pointed out that those men had to dovetail 12 drawers in oak in a day.

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog

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