The weeks pass with surprising speed and I build every day. Truth is, there are but a few days when I didn’t make and that’s been throughout my 55 years full-time woodworking and furniture making. Maybe 30 days off sick in the whole time too. I take only short breaks, breathers really, and rarely eat…

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Finishing my projects seems always to open up new possibilities. Between now and Christmas my plans are many and diverse. Planning becomes more important as there are only so many hours in a day, so much energy available to me and of course spending relief time is critical. Mostly my relief is in the work…

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I finished my toolbox yesterday and gave it the colour is deserved by applying my favourite wood finish, clear shellac. Despite what anyone say about shellac, it’s still the best surface treatment and protection I can find for many if not most projects. People tell me it’s no good for dining tables and I might…

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The saying goes that ‘good fences make good neighbours!’ Often this is to save disputes as to who’s cattle or sheep are on who’s land, who’s kids are in who’s yard, and who’s dog is making what mess on who’s lawn. In woodworking, it usually to do with the fence on a tablesaw or bandsaw.…

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It is quite coincidental that I have been reviewing images of the White House pieces I designed and made for the Cabinet Room of the White House. I decided several weeks ago to write the story behind building them and what it took to develop the idea and then deliver them to the White House…

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My next Q&A will be at 14:00 (GMT) on Thursday 12th November 2020. This time Joseph will be joining me so feel free to submit your questions for me or him, or both of us! We’ll do our best to answer as many as we can. You can watch it here:

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…and No Other? “Dear Mr. Sellers,Let me ask a disruptive question. You say “The bandsaw features highly in resizing my stock. It speeds up the process”.I have been reading your blog for a few months and I’m really surprised regarding the consistency between you general argumentation against machines and your use of the bandsaw, that…

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In making my toolbox design I have made two side by side. The mahogany one is made from a vintage dining table that would not be suitable for any home for a few reasons and not the least of which was user damage resulting in broken joints. The wood in this one is simply superb…

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My Book, Essential Woodworking Hand Tools, is now out of stock everywhere, but thankfully it is in the process of being printed as we speak! We are expecting new stock in a few weeks so, at least to begin with, the only place to buy it will be directly from us. If you’d like to…

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I’m currently in the middle of making two toolboxes, to replicate the building of one completed by Joseph and I in 2003. It’s not a small amount of work to make two in tandem, but necessary in the preparation of the video work we need. I rip-cut my components on the bandsaw and by hand…

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  • Colin Fee on Yesterday!Paul, what do you with shavings that collect after sweeping up?
  • Stefan on Yesterday!This post blew me away. I am speechless. You are so damn right in every single word you said. Thank you so so much for sharing this wisdom!! Stefan
  • Tom Quinn on Yesterday!I agree - music can be a distraction, or an aid to focus the mind. It depends on my mood and mindset at the time. Bach is phenomenal before or while doing something mathematical. K…
  • Jan Genauer on Yesterday!Thank you Paul for all your thoughts and for taking the time to express it in detail. In times of Twitter this has become a rare good. Wishing you all the best. Jan
  • Dr AL on Yesterday!Paul, I find your style of work, thought, and energy refreshing. I am one who enjoyed school, got my DMD at age 24, retired at age 40 after a serious injury. I taught my skills to…
  • Terrence OBrien on Yesterday!I'm reminded of hiking in the mountains vs driving a car on an expressway. When I hike, I am doing it all myself. It's my muscles and skill guiding my journey. I enjoy the trip. I'…
  • Clarence Perry on Yesterday!Your mention of a History teacher reminds me of one I had that was memorable. You don't have to use a cane to intimidate students. A standard staple date in American History is whe…