I didn’t get as far as I thought I would today, but I did have a good day. I don’t think that I have seen such forceful winds before today, (winds recorded of 169 miles per hour) but they don’t make much difference to the three-foot thick stone walls of Penrhyn Castle.

I totally finished the drawer and the lid of the chest – all fully fitted, glued up and sanded to 240-grit.







It’s strange thing to see a drawer resting on the bench with no home. Bit like a door hung in space. Perhaps tomorrow the whole will be completed and glued up. My deadline was tomorrow. If I don’t make it I will have to work through the weekend to get it done by Monday when i start my next project, which is the Shaker blanket bedding chest. This one will go much more quickly – four or five days or about 40 hours.




My drawer has unusual and unseen features that I like. When the book is done I will be able to show them in better detail.

Making this prototype has been great fun. I would like to make one in pine, cherry and walnut also. Mesquite would be just lovely and so too quartersawn longleaf pine. Oh, and what about some English elm? Very traditional.


  1. Mauricio on 27 December 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Question: why do you sand after planing? Wouldnt a smoothing plane leave a finish ready surface? Thanks!

    • Paul Sellers on 27 December 2011 at 11:04 pm

      Not for applied surface finishes. The surface of a hand planed board is too smooth in that the surface has no ‘tooth’. Some finishes require more to adhere to and so, whereas most people using machines must further sand surfaces smooth, usually to remove machine marks, furniture makers sand ‘rough’ and not smooth.

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