Out at the Wood Centre this coming Saturday Phil and I hold our second English workshop, a full-day on sharpening and restoring planes and saws. It’s another packed class of 12 enthusiasts and we are just about ready. Hopefully we can use this workshop to dispel any and all phobias people have surrounding sharpening and set, setting up and so on. We can also demolish so many myths and mysteries to make the various tasks of sharpening and restoration a pleasing realm of reality  for everyone to experience. p1570377After the blog on Bahco files reports came in thick and fast that it did become more difficult to find the files: hopefully it was some good publicity for Bahco and we can keep the good makers in business. Please remember we take no sponsorship from any entities. We go off what we find at the workbench in real bench tests. I hate to think that anyone would buy poorer products made by companies like Nicholson who once held so a good name for quality  there in the USA, expecting them to do the job we once knew them for. I worry woodworkers might think the problem is them.


A bevy of Bahco files ready for great things this Saturday.

This workshop is about redressing the lack of real information.  It’s a shame we can’t film it because i think that the questions people have there would be helpful to everyone experiencing the same problems. Perhaps we can write down the unusual questions and do something about it via YouTube. We will see.


I do not use micro-bevels on plane iron cutting edges and chisels but I do use them for some saws.


The feeler gauge testing for sole flatness.

I did buy in several old or secondhand planes and saws as practice saws and planes to work on. That way the instruction will be very real. I will use the worst ones to show how to renew teeth or repair parts and such. I am sure this will make the whole experience real and valuable for everyone. These workshops are the ones that put real flesh on the bones. One person asks a question and everyone gets to learn. They are always highly interactive and being right there makes a huge difference.dsc_0414

I have one other workshop before the end of the year and that is a repeat of the two-day discovering woodworking I did two weeks ago. Then we must set some dates for 2017. The years are indeed passing too quickly these days. Our last workshop was a great success but we always aim for improvement. p1570159


  1. Anthony on 9 November 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Which saws for the micro and why?

    • Paul Sellers on 9 November 2016 at 4:47 pm

      It’s on my blog somewhere. Go to Google or my blog and search micro-bevel on saws.

      • Mike Bronosky on 9 November 2016 at 6:32 pm

        Saw Sharpening video – My Micro-bevel Method Works Great


      • Anthony on 9 November 2016 at 9:16 pm

        I found it in the saw sharpening video. You use micros for saws that have 11-16 tpi. You also mention that you set your saws after every 6 times you use them. To me, this means after you use a saw for 6 days. Not sure if I’m wrong but would that be waiting to long to sharpen? Also, I never set my saws. Should I be doing this after every sharpening? Thank you Paul. I also want to thank you for the tips about sharpening plane blades. I’m talking about your most recent blogs about sharpening and grain. Every time I think I know enough I learn something else. How did woodworkers learn this stuff hundred of years ago. Amazing.

        • Michael Ballinger on 9 November 2016 at 11:08 pm

          Most people would sharpen a few times to 1 setting of a saw.

        • Craig on 10 November 2016 at 9:47 pm

          I think that’s one set per every six sharpenings.

  2. John Heintz on 9 November 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Most of the time I am happy and proud to be an American, but when you offer classes like this I wish I was English. And lived near Oxford. And was much younger than I am now so I would have a longer time to use your techniques. Oh well…..

  3. Brent Hugo on 9 November 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I don’t think you’ve addressed this yet, forgive me if you have, but will you be teaching anywhere in the US in 2017?

  4. Mike Bronosky on 9 November 2016 at 6:28 pm

    It sure is a shame you can’t video record your Plane and Saw Workshop at the Wood Centre this Saturday. Sure is a waste not to have that info available to folks like myself that follow your blogs and MasterClasses so religiously. Oh well.

    • Paul Sellers on 9 November 2016 at 7:00 pm

      One day soon, Mike.

      • Mike on 14 November 2016 at 7:12 pm

        TOME FETEIRA Files are also very good for sharpening.

        • Paul Sellers on 14 November 2016 at 8:26 pm

          That’s right Mike, we have often stated that in my blogs. They are excellent files too.

  5. Nicholas N on 9 November 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Looking forward to it very much! Should be a fantastic learning experience and one I badly need.

  6. Christopher D on 9 November 2016 at 8:48 pm

    This will be a great workshop to be a part of and I am very grateful for the opportunity to attend.
    Looking forward to putting what I will learn into practice (over and above what I have already learnt from Paul’s videos) by bringing back to life the tools I inherited from my Grandad many years ago.

  7. Phil C on 10 November 2016 at 2:31 pm

    I so enjoy your you tube videos, would be a great pleasure to meet you in person. You make it all look so easy. I am working on some of the different projects you put out on video. I’ll keep watching, and maybe someday will be able to cross the Atlantic and attend a class. Thanks for all you have done to this point.

  8. Dave G on 13 November 2016 at 10:59 am

    Does anybody know the number of the Bahco flat file Paul recomends in his saw shapening videos

  9. Nick Van Rooyen on 16 November 2016 at 10:27 am

    Question – Because of the cap-iron not being flat, how would i go about dressing the edge to seet the flat on the blade (iron)

  10. John Cadd on 1 December 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I came up with an unusual way to get the slight curve on a plane iron in contrast to the straight line edge. The sharpening stone is lifted and a thick shaving is place under two diagonally opposite corners. As the blade holder rolls forwards the stone tilts from left to right. That gives a very smooth curve across the blade. The original roller to hold the blade in upside down with two runner wheels straddling the sharpening stone. The runner wheels are supported either side of the stone on fixed surfaces .

  11. John Cadd on 1 December 2016 at 7:02 pm

    I put a comment yesterday on youtube about Diamond files from Eternal Tools. £9.25 each .They are the right size for saws and will sharpen hardened saw teeth easily . Complicated teeth angles might be a challenge but testing my small files on an old hardened saw with a simple tooth pattern shows how quickly the diamonds work .
    Objectors might mention that the hardening only goes down a part of the way before the metal is softer but you would get through lots of sawn wood before that .

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