How to Make a Wall Shelf: Episode 1

This was one of Paul’s first teaching and training projects which he developed specifically for his hands-on classes for early woodworkers to start on. That was in the early 1990s, so 30 years ago, and many a thousand students have made it to learn about shelf making. The goal is the mastery of accuracy, using sharp tools to develop two types of housing dadoes, the stopped and the stepped. This video gives the first woodworking joint most woodworkers start with and shows how to get a snug fit every time.

You can watch the second episode of this project here.

You can watch the third episode of this project here.

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  1. Great to see this on here. I have been on a long time and while the masterclasses videos are amazeding I find I like to return to the basics often and I always find a tidbit that improves my work.
    Not being able to do it every day one tends to forget.
    Thanks again

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