A Paul Sellers inspired desktop organiser

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Project by Sylvain posted 01-22-2020 10:38 AM 2415 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Paul Sellers inspired desk-top organiser.
When I started this, the video series and proposed dimensions were not available.
So I choose some arbitrary measures which would go with the wood I had available.
I had to make some laminations to get wider boards.
At that time I was thinking the bottom of the upper compartment and of the drawer would be in grooves.
My box is made of 19 mm thick pine except the drawer sides, drawer back and the two bottoms.
Paul recommend 1/2” thickness for the box.
My wife said about my box: “with this thickness (19 mm) there is not much space inside”.
The bottoms come from dismantled wine bottle crates.
After another look to Paul Sellers organiser, it looks he made the tails on the long sides while I made them on the short sides.
To avoid grooves being visible on the outside, I decided to make rabbets at the end of the boards with the same depth as the grooves.
This was a mistake, I should have done this only on the long sides. So there is a “nice feature” on each side of the drawer. I didn’t try to make end grain shims.

When the box was completed I cut the drawer front with a piston fit and made the drawer with half blind dovetails. Unfortunately, the seating of the tails was made a little too deep. So after flushing the sides, it was not anymore a piston fit. As there were already shims on each side of the drawer, I added some (about 0.5 mm) shim on one side.
The drawer back is dovetailed.

The lid has an underside rabbet all around. I don’t have a rabbet plane, so I used my plough plane with a 10 mm blade and the fence adjusted to have a rabbet and not a groove. The result on end grain was not very good (too much setting?) so I refined the rabbet all around with my router plane (with the spear blade).

The drawer handle is made of sapelli, shaped with a spoke-shave.

Three coats of shellac and some wax.

The pictures have been taken with the shellac not sanded and no wax.

I plan to make another one in sapelli (1/2” thick) for the wife (and without mistakes?)

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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#1 posted 01-22-2020 10:35 PM

Looks Good! You mean you were not following Bandits build blog? :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 01-23-2020 12:53 AM

Nice Job, I have the emails to watch that project on Woodworking Masterclasses but haven’t had a chance yet, Love to watch Paul’s work

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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#3 posted 01-23-2020 02:24 AM

That looks nice. I like the design of the drawer pull that Paul came up with (and you implemented).

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 01-23-2020 11:00 AM

I always look at what Bandit does but in this case I had started before him and made it a bit differently.

Bandit’s work is the evidence that one does not need a fancy workbench to make nice things.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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