We have been busy creating new input for training and of course our outreach is far bigger than ever before. Your requests for specific videos and blog posts really is taken seriously so please keep the requests that interest you coming in.
We have new posts and videos emerging on the following over the next few weeks. This is a partial list:

DSC_0276Bevel-up and bevel-down planes – What’s the difference?
Moulding planes – What they do and how to sharpen them.
DSC_0183151 Spokeshaves and others – Sharpening them jig, adjusting them and using them.
The #4 scrub plane – How to develop yours, use it and more
Planing rough stock with scrubs
DSC_0268Carving a wooden scoop
Preparing chisels – Should they all be flat or do we obsess?
How to use #80 scraper to its best
Clamping stock to benches – Techniques and methods that work

When these are posted I will mention it here but to guarantee video access and updates it’s best to sign up by subscribing. We will post some on YouTube and there are about 50 free videos there already and some via the woodworkingmasterclasses.com site. To access WWMC you will need to sign in for the free subscription here. This is simple enough and we will not bog you down with any advertising because we do not allow any adverts on our websites.


  1. Matthew on 18 April 2014 at 12:52 pm

    And it just keeps getting better. Looking forward to it!!!!

    Thanks for all you guys do.


  2. Damien King on 18 April 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Paul et al,

    Great comment about not bogging your subscribers down with advertising. I never gave it much thought, but that is a great aspect of your website. Of course there is plenty of great content for free subscribers, but for me the juiciest content is available via a paid subscription so I think that’s the way to go. As a loyal subscriber I have to say that the value for money is outstanding on your site. The rather minimal cost of $15 per month is well worth the content you provide. The high production values, great camera angles, cohesive approach to instruction, and Paul’s outstanding ability as a teacher is first rate. In my opinion, Woodworking Masterclasses online is hands-down the best woodworking site on the web today. It seems like there is more great content to come and I look forward to it. For handtool woodworkers like me you’re site is invaluable. I identify strongly with Paul’s statements of the sense of well-being that comes from “real woodworking” and I find it so fulfilling to think that he is passing on techniques and a lifestyle that is largely lost to modern woodworkers and humanity in general. His techniques are timeless, so enduringly practical, and almost magical in their simplicity and effectiveness. I am repeatedly astounded at how, with a surprisingly little amount of practice, these techniques can be mastered. One of the things I particularly enjoy is the feeling of preserving a valuable culture and as well as techniques that have been practiced for centuries. Kudos sir and please keep up the great work.

    • Paul Sellers on 18 April 2014 at 5:21 pm

      It’s always inspiring to hear from everyone and thanks to all for taking the time to write.

  3. Dave Parks on 18 April 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I signed up for the Master Class free videos but have forgotten my password. Can’t seem to
    have the site accept a new one. Any chance of someone looking up the original password and emailing it to me so I can enjoy more of the lessons?
    Thank you for your time,
    Please keep up the good work. I have learned so much.

    • Paul Sellers on 18 April 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Will pass this to Resi. She will help you out.

    • Resi Tomat on 21 April 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Dear Dave,
      I have emailed you separately.
      All the best, Resi

  4. RL on 18 April 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Looking forward to all the good new stuff coming up. I’d also like to see a gouge sharpening video if you have time.


  5. Ron Harper on 18 April 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Would love to see a treadle lathe build..

  6. Joab on 18 April 2014 at 3:19 pm

    You do great work. Thank you. I’d love to see a shave horse build.

    • Paul Sellers on 18 April 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Got plans for it and will build one to camera but right now we have to get the sawhorses done.

      • Pete on 13 January 2015 at 10:35 pm

        I second the request for a shaving horse video. Really enjoying the tool chest series and hope to get mine started soon. I just have to rehab a knee after surgery… long to be in my little shop smelling the wood. Thanks for your work Paul.

  7. MartyBacke on 18 April 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Glad to see you addressing planes beyond the #4. A lot of us hobbyists enjoy all the other planes out there, so to see any insights from you on their use and maintenance will be appreciated.

    • Paul Sellers on 18 April 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Yeah, this time we are tackling Bailey-pattern 5 1/2s and a bevel-up to see the difference if any and soon we tackle plough planes. We do what we can all around.

  8. Nir B on 18 April 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you guys for all the efforts and passion you put into this.

    I have one request if I may, regarding the :”Clamping stock to benches – Techniques and methods that work”. The only problem I keep having, is clamping narrow stock when using plough planes, like when making grooves for drawer sides and the like. Any input, suggestions, sticking boards will be appreciated. 🙂

    • Paul Sellers on 18 April 2014 at 5:12 pm

      We just finished a video on this and will be editing and posting it as we release them via WWMC. We have some real knock your socks off stuff coming up and I think everyone will enjoy them as well as better understand our goals in teaching the new-genre woodworker.

  9. Eddy Flynn on 18 April 2014 at 6:26 pm

    thanks in advance of these upcoming blog posts and videos i dont know where you get your energy from Paul but if you ever get it bottled put me down for one thanks .

  10. Gary Blair on 18 April 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I agree 100% with Damien’s comments. I only discovered the YouTube videos and Woodworking Masterclasses a couple of months ago and my skills have already increased immeasurably due to the great close-up photography and your excellent teaching skills. I get that same feeling of contentment while woodworking and even while watching the lessons! Keep up the good work! I’m especially excited about the upcoming videos on the set-up and use of the Stanley #80 & #151. I’d also be very interested in a detailed lesson on sharpening cross cut saws (like the rip saw lesson you made). My best to everyone there and thanks again for all you do!

  11. John Meaney on 18 April 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Summer seems to have arrived here on the Irish West Coast. Trees are in bloom, swallows arrived last week on the warm southerly winds, the evenings are longer and a new room outside the house comes alive – the garden. It may be nice to have an outdoor furniture theme, for example garden chairs, swings, bbq table or maybe just a simple see-saw.

    Personally there’s more than enough on this website to keep me content and busy and thanks to you Paul and all on the community – I’m luving it!

    John Meaney

  12. BrianJ on 18 April 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Perhaps a short one with your method of drawer frame construction, (dadoes between front and back rails then assume from there you put in a kicker/ runner) but would love to see how you tackle creating the front rail section and the joinery to connected two front legs. Thank you again for what you and your team contribute Paul.
    With much respect, brian

  13. red58impala on 18 April 2014 at 9:45 pm


    Thank you for all the time and effort you put into your blog and free videos.

    As a WWMC subscriber, I would love to see a video series on building a Craftsman/Arts and Crafts style table/floor lamp. I’ve seen plans online, but learning how to make the shades with hand tools would be very valuable. All the plans I have seen use power tools and I can’t seem to wrap my head around how to get the angles cut accurately with hand tools. I think I can figure out the base, due to your online videos, but the shades are another story.

    Thanks again!

  14. William on 19 April 2014 at 4:15 am

    Paul the posts and videos you have upcoming are going to be fantastic! I can’t wait.
    One thing I would like to see a post or video on is “how to set up your shop.”

    I have a 40’X40′ pole barn and my wife said I could use 20’X40′ of it with a condition. That my tables would have to be movable to fit cars if needed. I guess she thinks that over time I will be buying power tools.

    I told her that the shop will be un-plugged. I don’t think she got the reference. Anyway, do you have any recommendations on how to use the space wisely? It is a blank canvas.

    Thanks in advance

  15. Steve Massie on 20 April 2014 at 12:03 am

    Paul this is exciting news and I can’t wait. I have I believe been a subscriber to Woodworkingmasterclasses since the beginning and I really enjoy it and so look forward to Wednesday’s. I only subscribe to ( 1 ) magazine now and with what I have learned from you goes without saying. I am retired now and live on a fixed income so I do have to budget my money but your class is worth every penny, this is my only “Luxury” and plan on being a long time subscriber if God is willing.

    I don’t have the money to go out and buy new “Boutique Tool’s” and you showing how to work wood with common 2nd hand vintage tools has been great, and my Wife appreciates this as well LOL. Showing how to sharpen, tune and use these tools properly is wonderful. I have ( 2 ) Grandchildren which have showed some interest in working with “Papa” in his wood shop which makes me feel proud and a lot of this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for you. Thank You Paul.

    Now about new video’s for what ever reason I am having trouble on using and properly setting up a Stanley#45 combo ( older one ) and I also have a Auburn Tool Wooden plow I can’t seem to get right either. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.

    Thanks again and can’t wait for future episodes.


    • Paul Sellers on 20 April 2014 at 9:24 am

      Glad to hear this. Remember the old US fishing campaign to get kids into fishing again. The saying went, “Off the streets and on the creeks.” We need the same for children today; something like, “Smart phone off and in the shop.” It’s surprising how quickly they forget Facebook for an hour when you give them a stick of wood and spokeshave.
      Re plough planes:
      We have the video on filming plough planes from the 1700’s right up to today scheduled. We will likely combine this with ones on moulding planes, to show how they were used together to develop mouldings. When I was a boy we used to replicate non-standard mouldings on wide skirting boards(base trim) 12-18″ deep using this combination of tools. By filming it we will be preserving it.

  16. Carlos J. Collazo on 21 April 2014 at 2:38 am

    Thank you for putting so many valuable blogs, teaching videos, and ideas together in an easily accessible way for us beginning and amateur woodworkers. I have felt an affinity for much of what I have read and seen- the up cycling, resuscitating and restoring great old tools, minimalism, the “Real Woodworking Campaign” – such a breath of fresh air! And an entire basket of woodworking values which enriches and inspires. Thanks again.

    If time allows, I would personally enjoy seeing a video on making sawhorses. I know there has been a blog post on them, but a video would be a great help.

  17. Josh on 21 April 2014 at 7:55 pm


    I am in love with that scoop! Was it carved with your usual No 7, Ashley Iles gouge? Should I finally stop looking for a similar sized,second hand gouge and purchase one so I can make myself a scoop?

    Best regards.

    • Paul Sellers on 21 April 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Sure, It’s a small price to pay for a lifetime tool. It was actually an I Sorby #7 this time biut same difference to the #7 Hirsch I like too.

  18. Whitney on 24 April 2014 at 8:42 pm


    I know you teach a workshop in the UK for women and adapting tools made for larger hands; I would really love to see that on video or in a blog entry. The handles of my Veritas saws have a brutal arch that digs into the palm of my hand, but I’m worried about ruining them with reshaping efforts. (I intend to try some mock-ups out of pine first.) Likewise, I’d like to know how to completely remake handles for some of my other tools that are just ungainly in my dainty little ladyhands.

    Thanks for all you do.

    • Paul Sellers on 24 April 2014 at 10:10 pm

      If the attendees agree to be filmed we will do it. That’s the hard part though, not everyone on a course wants to be filmed because they are there for the course. We will see though. We are working on this to try to even out some of the disparity caused by years of neglect. All it needs is one good course and then there will be no need for it again hopefully.

  19. rlambert94 on 24 April 2014 at 8:46 pm

    When watching the build on the bench stool, I liked how you drew all the dimensions on the large piece of plywood and referenced everything off of it. I’m guessing it’s like a storyboard of sorts, but I’m not quite sure though. Is there more information on this that I can read about or can you explain further in some way. Thank you.

  20. Bill on 10 July 2014 at 4:14 am


    I would like to know your opinion on the top ten planes wood/metal. I would really appreciate this since I am looking into replacing my Buck Bros. planes all the yokes broke and I can’t find replacement parts. Would you suggest used, new, particular brand, etc. We love your show and look forward to new episodes.

    • Paul Sellers on 11 July 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks for jumping in there Martin, very helpful. I am finding time management an increasing issue.

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