…Hollows, Blind Curves and Pits After the recent posts on sharpening, the first one really, I received comments and emails from people stating that the reason the stones were concave was because they were used for knife sharpening and not sharpening planes and chisels and such. That’s occasionally the case but the ones I am…

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Quick Links: At which angle should I sharpen? How do you sharpen chisels for mortising? Which glass cleaner do you use? Which sharpening stones do you recommend? What is the best height for a sharpening surface? Hollow stones: do they need to be flat? I keep on sharpening out of square/skewing the edge. Can you…

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Dear Mr. Sellers I am about to work my way through your course, I want to start with sharpening. I recently discovered that my new chisels, although of good quality, needed to be lapped. I turned to my Norton water stones, only to discovered that they needed to be flattened. I then turned to my…

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Question: Hi Paul, I bought your book recently, having never done woodworking before, and have very quickly gotten very confused about the act of sharpening. First of all, I figured that diamond stones would surely be pricier than oil or wet stones, but unless I’m looking in all the wrong places, they appear to be…

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Back to FAQs Menu Tools and Equipment Planes Making Planes Expand How do you make your curved sole plane? (Or small block plane) Making a Curve-soled Plane – Here it Comes! How do you make an iron for a small wooden plane? Making a Curve-soled Plane – The Cutting Iron Moulding Planes Expand How do…

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Paul,  I am watching your hand plane videos and as you are planing the end grain you make the comment “make sure your plane is sharp”… “don’t neglect the sharpening of your plane”. You are not the first teacher I have heard say this and I think every woodworker understands that we need sharp tools…

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Someone emailed me as a result of my earlier post and said that if a stone hollowed through constant sharpening of the bevel of a tool’s cutting edge, how do you then hone the reverse flat side of the tool blade without creating a round face on what must be dead flat. That’s a good…

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Using & Sharpening Essential Woodworking Hand Tools In Using & Sharpening Essential Woodworking Hand Tools Paul Sellers demonstrates the important methods that you need to get started using hand tools. He simplifies the many involved in using hand tools by going back to the basics: Which tools you need, how to get them ready for use,…

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In considering my thoughts on sharpening stones I should point out that this does not include sharpening plates because they do retain acceptable flatness tolerances  throughout their life and cut steel well too. Sharpening stones of every other type on the other hand have the same inherent problems resulting through varied levels of wear. My…

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  • Paul Sellers on Autism Support in WoodworkingIt's so nice that she is communicating her feelings and insights. Enjoy her. The first tool I gave to my boys each aged around 3-5 was a flat-bottomed spokeshave and a four-in-hand…
  • Jonathan Hayhurst on Autism Support in WoodworkingJust wanted to say thank for what you do and your new project. I am a father of an autistic toddler. Hand tools allow her to be in the shop and share in the experience with me. She…
  • Paul Sellers on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandIt is indeed.Did you see the baby cots we built a year ago. Five dismantlable panels as per tradition but so robust I am expecting my great grandchildren, and my great, great, gran…
  • Jay on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandIf heirloom is being passed from generation to generation, then flat-pack does not disqualify a piece. About 45 years ago my uncle, a "finish carpenter" here in the U.S., made a ba…
  • Anthony on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandOh boy, I imagine the trolls will be along shortly with their "purist" rhetoric. Bless you, Paul, for being able to weather those storms. I'm looking forward to projects like this.…
  • Paul Sellers on Diminishing Craft ValueOh, I know there are all kinds of reasons for not encouraging any craft work of any kind and not the least of which is something commonly called 'progress'. It's what's being dismi…
  • Matt Bourland on Diminishing Craft ValueThe issue with schools is that they only have so much time. They focus on what is the comming techno land what they can tech the student to be able to join the work force and get a…