I was glad for today. A  few of us got together to work with wood and I finished off a few small projects before getting ready for the class tomorrow. I made a chisel box for my bench well. Two inches deep so that it sits below the benchtops. I love the new Sorby chisels because of the round handles and the size of the handles but they tend to roll and that’s what the well on the true Joiner’s workbench is designed to take care of, so round tools never roll from the bench.

This is one of the clock designs I was making for the new book. The one I made from some book-matched rough stuff. I had some ebony and made the round hour buttons and the pivoting points. I called it Time Suspended.






The new file box came out fine too. This is another skill-building project made with ten hand tools. Dovetails and grooves, raised panel and roundovers. The tools?

Square, knife, chisel, chisel hammer, #4 Stanley plane, Veritas plough plane, gouge, marking gauge, dovetail template, ruler

I am working on a glass-fronted wall clock in oak right now. Similar to the smaller clock we did for the Online Broadcast but much larger. I will actually be making two of them. One will be to create a distressed pine clock using crackled milk paint as the finish.

One of our Online Broadcast projects about to be released is a carrier made using six housing dadoes. This a new woodworker project, for people new to hand tool woodworking to get started working wood. These projects are all designed to develop skill using my concept of working with ten hand tools and three joints. I think that you will enjoy the work and the results. I also think that you will find the therapy of working with your own hands will be bring increased levels of fulfillment. If I achieve that, my reward is complete. I will blog on the how we make these as we go. So that you can follow the videos online and then see the steps in written form too.


This is the Craftsman-style rocking chair Sabrina made from White Oak. She loaded it up yesterday here at Penrhyn castle.



Tomorrow I have a full Foundational course starting. This is my last workshop of the year. Thanks to you and everyone else this has been an incredible phase in my life.


  1. Łukasz Budzyński on 9 December 2012 at 7:23 am

    Hi Paul!

    I like the box very much. How did You prevent the groove from being seen on the sides? I can’t see a miter and don’t suspect You did a stopped groove 🙂
    Is the bottom groove hidden by the moulding?

    Kindest regards,

    • Paul Sellers on 9 December 2012 at 7:56 am

      We will do an online blog on this project shortly. It is a fun project. No, we plugged the ends of the grooves with matching wood. That’s for the grooves that receive the sliding lid. The bootom is simply a piece of 7mm stock that runs past the width of the box and is rounded over. So there is no bottom groove. On this width of stock, less than 10cm, the shrinkage in relation to the box is minima and will not cause problems in any wood.

  2. J Guengerich on 10 December 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I can’t wait to see the crackled milk paint process Pau!
    I think that I mentioned before, I’ve really been into staining my projects, mainly because of fear of a bad paint finish. I’ve had one painted finish that I’d call a success, other than painting buildings.

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