Building  Furniture

        Techniques and Tutorials

Please note the date of builds as techniques change over time


     Coopering a Box Lid

     A Chest of Drawers for Jamie

     A Pair of End Tables

     Preparing a Board without a Thicknesser

     Sliding Dovetails by Hand

     Through Dovetails

     Half-blind Dovetails

     Mitred Through Dovetails

     Dado/housing joint by hand

     Power Removing Waste from Half Blind Sockets

     Making a Frame-and-Panel Door   by Sean Hughto

           Making a Wooden Hinge 

      Building a Mitred Pencil Box with a Shooting Board  

           Chef Knives and a Knife Block  

         A Primer for Mortice-and-Tenon Joints.  Part 1: The Blind Joint

                                                                                                       Part 2 : Drawboring

                                                                                                       Morticing with Chisels II 

     A Little Fun with Dovetails

      Peening Dovetails in Wood     

     A Thicknessing Technique

        The #140 Trick is Dead 

     Setting Blades in (Adjusterless) Planes

     Armoire Project 

            Part One: The Carcase 

            Part Two: A New Angle on Scratch Stock - creating beads

            Part Three: Using Rebate Planes  

            Part Four: Building A Raised Panel Door

                        Building the frame  

                     Raising a panel with the Veritas Skew Rabbet Plane 

                          Part Five:  Hinge Morticing

                          Part Six:  Attaching the Face Frame

                           Part Seven:  Hats Off to the Pros

                           Part Eight:  Drawer Design and Drawer Bottoms

                            Part Nine:  Building the Drawer

                            Part Ten:   Completion of the Project

         Breadboard Ends  

         A Shaker Table for Mother's Day   

         Sideboard-Entertainment Centre ...... became "The Coopered End Table"

            Part One: Coopered doors  

                        Part Two: Curving and grooving the frame  

                        Part Three:  Building the Frame   

                        Part Four:  A Completed Door 

                        Part Five:   And Now For Something Completely Different!   

                        Part Six:   London-style Half-blind Dovetailed Drawer   

                        Part Seven:  Nearing the Last Lap   

                        Part Eight:  The Final Piece

                         Part Nine:   Critique and Modification

            Part Ten:   The End. Finis. Absolutely Done!  

      Entertainment Centre based on Military (Campaign) Chests

            The Start  

            Some Days I  Should Stay in Bed!  

            Glueing Up  


            Bun Feet  

            It's Just Not Cricket!  

            First Stages in Building Drawers   

            Half Blind Dovetails in Jarrah (with blue tape)  

            The Last Dovetail   

            Fitting Handles  

            The Completed Chests 


    Kist  (blanket chest) 

    Building Hans Wegner's "The Chair"


            Building The Legs






            Fitting the Front and Rear Stretchers (Part 1)

            Sawing Tenon Shoulders on the Curve

            Fitting the Front and Rear Stretchers (Part 2)

            Slotting the Stretchers (Pt 1 - How would you do this?) 

            Slotting the Stretchers (Pt 2)

            End of Phase One

            Initial Steps for the Arms and Backrest 

            The Arm-Backrest Joint (Pt 1)

            The Arm-Backrest Joint (Pt 2) 

            Close But No Coconut  

            A Glimmer of Light 

            The Fingers (Part 1) 

            The Fingers (Part 2)

            Towards the Round   

            Shaping the Arms and Back (Part 1) 

            Shaping the Arms and Back (Part 2) 

            Weaving the Seat and Completing The Chair

            Post Script 

    Lingerie Chest

            The Basic Design

            The Panels

            The Legs

            Shaping the Cove

            Sawing A Tenon 

            Coved Frame-and-Panel 

            One Step Back 

            Back on Track

            Dent Removal 

            Preparing for the Drawer Blades 

            Moving Forward  

            Sliding Dovetails 

            The Proof of the Pudding ...

            Starting on the Drawer Runners  

            Mortice and Tenons 

            A Stage Completed   

            Designing the Drawers  

            Half Blind Dovetails with Blue Tape 

            Building the Drawers

            Four Down and Four To Go 

            Through Dovetails

            All The Drawers Are Done 

            Finishing the Drawers  

            Finishing the Carcase 

            Fitting the Lid Hinges

            Top of The World to You!  

            The Brass Stay 

            The Devil Lies in the Details (final) 

            Post Script

    Kitchen Rebuild 

            Building Shaker Cabinet Doors, and hand-finishing water-based poly

            The Kitchen is Finished!    

    Sofa Table I

            Sofa Table II - Legs 

            Sofa Table III - End Rails

            Sofa Table IV - The Bevel Lies in the Details

            Sofa Table V - The Secret Drawer  

            Sofa Table VI - All The Way To Completion


     Panel Glue Up Without Clamps   

     Apothecary Chest

            The Carcase  

            Stopped Dados  

            More Stopped Dados

            Stopped Rebates and Drawer Blades 

            Better Stopped Dados  

            Installing Drawer Blades  

            Machining Drawer Sides

            A Start on the Drawers

            Dovetailing on an angle

            Beginning the drawers

            Video update

            Shaping the Drawer Fronts - part 1

            Shaping the Drawer Fronts - part 2

                        Through Dovetails (end of drawers)

            The Drawers Are Done!

            Shiplapping the Back

            New Knobs


       Coffee table for Jamie  

       Coffee Table for my nephew


            Mitred Through Dovetails 

            The Drawer Case 

            Assembling the Carcase 

            Rounding the Ends 

            Building the Base 

            Finishing the Base 

            Planning and Building a Drawer 


        Harlequin Side Table

            The Central Drawer Blade 

            Fine Dados/Housings

            Rounding the Dovetails 

            The Legs

            Installing the Dividers 

            Preparing the drawers 

            Drawer Bottoms into Slips 

            Making Drawer Pulls 

            Final Pictures 

        Entry Hall Table for my niece

            Preparing and dimensioning Stock   NEW

            Start of mitred dovetailed casework   NEW

            Fine tuning of through mitre dovetails and completion of case   NEW

            Front bevels and rear rebates    NEW

            Drawer dividers and dados   NEW

            Tuning, re-doing and glueing   NEW

            Drilling leg mortices for tapered sliding bases   NEW

            Tapered sliding base socket    NEW

            Attaching the legs  NEW

            Getting screwed   NEW

            Preparing for the drawers   NEW

            Half-blind lipped drawer fronts   NEW

            Video    NEW

            Drawer bottoms and drawer pulls  NEW

            Final Photos   NEW


    A few images of past furniture builds