I’ll be making a couple of these toolboxes, one for this blog and the other for the filming. The methods will be about the same although there may be some variance if I see the need for some practical or necessary reason of improvement. To start with, in this blog I am using up a…

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I glued up my toolbox build yesterday afternoon before I left the Penrhyn Castle workshop for home. Multiple dovetails demand your full attention and of course you must drive yourself so as not to procrastinate and so fail to set the tails home into the glued recesses. Dismantling the original toolbox we’re copying is still an…

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Cutting the dovetails and coping saw usage It’s not the best way, using a coping saw or a fret saw, but it can speed up the operation if you are in a hurry or making a beehive. On finer joinery it’s not really accepted. That said, a tool box of this type would not generally…

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Dovetailed Skirting and Lock and Hinge Rail Misnomered as Trim There is more to it than that. The skirting boards protect the box from damage or at least reduce the risk of main-box damage, that’s true, but it more importantly thickens up the base area corners to make for much increased structural stability and solidity…

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Working on the toolbox build Yesterday and today we filmed making the toolbox for the start to the New Year series to start 2015 with. I have a feeling that this could be as popular a series as any we have done so far and as far as conservation goes it’s important to me as it means hundreds…

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  • George on It Takes Effort to ChangeWhat can I say. Your the man. I love reading your blogs and watching the videos. It's refreshing and scary to see a time honored skill set that struggles to exist in the current so…
  • Simon Orchard on It Takes Effort to ChangeRe: Dovetails. I understand that Mr. Sellers is a very busy man but could he shed some light on why the bit I'm chiselling out of my dovetail always snaps off, either leaving a hol…
  • David B on It Takes Effort to ChangePaul, what a wonderful article. self revealing, reflective, inspiring and practical. In the past year of the pandemic I have found sanity in my basement hand tool shop. I have buil…
  • Gerard on It Takes Effort to ChangeI have Paul's book and recommend it to you all. I'm still working on the best arrangement of the 4 x 2.4 m (about 13 x 7.5 feet for North Americans); my present approach is to move…
  • Raphaël Bordaberry on It Takes Effort to ChangeI dream of becoming a hand tool cabinetmaker. I am 18 years old and I will start my apprenticeship next year and I know that I will use machines, especially if I want to make a liv…
  • Salko Safic on It Takes Effort to ChangeI wonder what this new thing is, it's exciting and positive. How hard must it be for you in England with all the restrictions. I'm guessing classes are cancelled? I'm looking forwa…
  • Alain Briot on The Meandering Path of WoodworkingThank you.