In this course, Frank will show you how to build a simple wall shelf using only hand tools. This well thought-out project will go in-depth and will help you hone your skills at cutting the dado and mortise and tenon joints that you learned in the Three Basic Joints course.

You’ll start by thinking through the layout of the project, taking grain orientation and such into consideration. You’ll learn how to mark all your pieces in such a way that they don’t get mixed up during the process of cutting all the joints.

Next you’ll cut your dado joints. In this project you’ll use two kinds of dados–a stopped dado and a stopped, stepped dado. Frank will show you several methods to cut these dados including the chisel method and the saw method. From there you will cut the mortise and tenon joints that connect the shelf supports to the sides. You’ll cut both through mortises as well as stopped mortises.

Frank will then show you how to cut an arch in the shelf support using just a dovetail saw, chisel and spokeshave! He’ll go over making a decorative chamfer with the hand plane and sanding before final assembly and glue up.

You’ll be using pine for this project, but you can continue to practice your new joinery skills using other woods such as cherry or walnut. Dado away!

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In this course, Frank will show you how to build a simple wall shelf using only hand tools. This well thought-out project will go in-depth and will help you hone your skills at cutting the dado and mortise and tenon joints that you learned in the Three Basic Joints course.

You’ll start by thinking through the layout of the project, taking grain orientation and such into consideration. You’ll learn how to mark all your pieces in such a way that they don’t get mixed up during the process of cutting all the joints.

Next you’ll cut your dado joints. In this project you’ll use two kinds of dados–a stopped dado and a stopped, stepped dado. Frank will show you several methods to cut these dados including the chisel method and the saw method. From there you will cut the mortise and tenon joints that connect the shelf supports to the sides. You’ll cut both through mortises as well as stopped mortises.

Frank will then show you how to cut an arch in the shelf support using just a dovetail saw, chisel and spokeshave! He’ll go over making a decorative chamfer with the hand plane and sanding before final assembly and glue up.

You’ll be using pine for this project, but you can continue to practice your new joinery skills using other woods such as cherry or walnut. Dado away!

James R. Benton, LA
How do you secure the shelf to the wall?
January 11, 2015 23:03
Eric W. Lake Jackson, TX
Hey Frank, I just joined the online classes again for this year. When do you think you will begin work on the Texas History End Table project? I have watched the original video and it is really a great project. I believe the main wood was cypress, correct?
January 30, 2015 07:36
Earl L. Houston, TX
It would be helpful if you provided a cut list like the one you included for the Dovetail Candle Stick Box.
June 12, 2015 15:57
Kenneth W. Waco, TX
Earl, I'm sorry, we thought it was uploaded but realized we uploaded the wrong file (just a photograph). The drawing and cut list are now available to download in the resources tab. Thanks for notifying us! Let us know if you have any further questions or issues.
June 17, 2015 16:25