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How to make a Dovetail Joint – The Three Joints – | Paul Sellers

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Watch master woodworker Paul Sellers as he shows you how to cut one of the three most common woodworking joints, the dovetail joint, using only hand tools.

The dovetail joint an essential joint for box making. It is the strongest way to join two pieces of wood at the corner. Although there are many variations of this joint, mastering the most simple form is the most difficult and important step.


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(Episode 1/3) Paul sellers shows you how to make a wooden mallet while practicing your mortice and tenons as well as shaping skills. After completing this project you will have a useful handmade tool for years to come.

In this episode, Paul discusses the features that make a good mallet, including choice of wood. The stock is then cut to shape using a few different methods including splitting with an axe, cutting the tapers with the bow saw and handsaw and creating reference faces with the smoothing plane.

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  1. Ahh this bench vice takes too long. Starts chiseling the wood unclamped. Your a badass Mr. Sellers. Love the videos. Thank you.

  2. This is simply the best instruction I've ever seen in making a dovetail joint! All the tiny details and guidance. Amazing.

  3. Paul, I know this is one of your older videos now, but I just wanted to take the time to thank you for making this and all your videos really.

    My Dad was a dovetail master, but sadly passed before I managed to glean the knowledge from him.

    Today I spent a couple of hours with his tools and your video, and knocked out a terrible example of a joint, but one I'm proud of all the same!

    Thank you again. Keep up the amazing work.

  4. I enjoyed the video and learned from it but I wanted to make 3 or 4 drawer and it is going to take several days to get the joints done. Thanks for the video.

  5. ok! wow you are skilled and it is a joy to watch you at work. You are also a great teacher, the detail on the work is also reflected on your teaching. You teach the detail. Amazing, amazing, thank you!

  6. hey paul, all that deft chisel work is great to watch, but whilst you're learning, is it total sacrilidge to remomove the bulk of the stock with a coping saw?. ( hand tool !)…:-)

  7. I am not sure if I see right – when Paul removes the waste between the pins, tails and doing the first light vertical taps (hammer strikes) – is he holding the chisel slightly angled? So not 90 degree to the knifewall but maybe 80 or so? And just after some 3-4 strikes comes to 90 degrees? If so why? Is the bevel movig the chisel more to the direction of knifewall at 90 degree than at 80? Help would be much appreciated. Cheers.
    Funny remark. I am using a wiha hammer for chiseling. just found out today (after some 2 years) that Paul is using a hammer double the weight of mine. Always wondered why he comes so far down with a couple of strikes 🙂

  8. You can see why Mr sellers is world class no flashy stuff. I bet he could make quality furniture with a pen knife and a brick

  9. 15:15 I was planing pinewood beams the other day, and it was quite hard because it was for one full of nots but also some beams passed the center of the tree so one side of a face would be grain into one direction and the other opposite to that.

  10. Hi, i know this is an old video but do you think mesquite would work as the head? I have it available and its super hardwood

  11. How I enjoyed watching and learning from your professional tutorial videos. I particularly like how you show that you don't need expensive Hi tech machines. Brilliant


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