We filmed this short series a few weeks ago and it is a free project for you to watch and learn from. Here is the link for the brief introduction: woodworkingmasterclasses.com. Smaller projects like this one really help to reinforce our skills and that is because of the close proximity of shoulder lines, joint sizing,…

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Before we move into this, my heartfelt thanks go to the most wonderful woodworking you’s out there who were able to send in every video and comment surrounding my birthday.. It was truly gratifying and very humbling; I felt so encouraged by all that was done and said. Thank you c. 1300, “to regain consciousness,”…

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It’s good to look back on all that we achieved last year and entering 2020. Following on from the previous decade of teaching and training, I feel we forge ahead with a 2020 vision for our future based on what these statistics have shown about our platforms for presenting real woodworking for a new generation…

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Well, here it is, a brand new untouched canvass. Are we ready for another year? The world I have lived in for 70 years is still filled full with wonder, wonder enough to show much of its painful past to help show us that we need at best to consume less and give more. That…

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Just a minute! This time last year I had just finished building the oak baby cot for a new series. My granddaughter was born by just a few days and an unbelievable gift she was to us all. Hard to believe in a year now passed that she’s walking and saying things and making us…

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I sincerely hope that all of you, my wonderful friends around the world, have a wonderful time of rest and peace as you spend time with your friends and family. We put together this brief video to say thank you for all your support and I will see you all in the New Year!

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At Christmas time we tend to escape from going to work as a sort of midwinter respite period of recovery from all the world has thrown at us. It can be a sort of long weekend of sorts, where we extend the usual weekly breaks to spend extra time with family and friends in a…

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In recent months I have reflected on the very raw beginnings of our opening videos. It was building the workbench in my then back garden on two saw horses that intrigued everyone. I think we used eight hand tools. No tablesaws, planers, bandsaw and mortise machines. No clever tricks with cameras rolling, just down to…

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A spatula held in the vise came from a small, angular, rectangle of thin wood salvaged from some cabinet doors made of elm. The doors I garnered were just scrapped and about to be tossed in a skip at the National Trust’s Penrhyn Castle in North Wales. My workshop, used to be there in the…

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I don’t do this very often but some of you may not be members of my Woodworking Masterclasses and you might just miss this one. Some projects just grab me and this was one of them especially. I don’t copy the designs of others, ever, and this one is totally mine too. I wanted something…

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  • Rob Bullis on Plywood Workbench AnniversaryPaul I watched of the video series you on make a workbench. The 1 thing I may have missed is who do you determine the correct height. I know it maybe somewhat personal preference b…
  • Don Hummer on If You Need a ReasonWorking as a framing carpenter in high production work in Arizona built my strength and endurance. My brother in law was a gym rat. I had to pour some concrete at his house for a s…
  • Thomas on Plywood Workbench AnniversaryThank you! that's a good idea :-)
  • Paul Sellers on It’s All in the JoineryThe main reason never to hollow grind though is one) the general and unnecessary excessive loss of steel, two) overheating the steel and even burning it, three) the need of some ki…
  • Mark D. Baker on If You Need a ReasonFor about 40 years, I was involved in heavy construction. I gauged my work effort by my food consumption and weight each Monday morning and the following Friday. Each Monday, if my…
  • Ed on It’s All in the JoineryI think they hollow grind because A) New tools are almost universally thick blades, often cryogenically hardened B) They believe that the only way to have a sharp edge is from the…
  • JOe on If You Need a ReasonYou raise a good point Paul about physical labor. I faced a dilemma back in the late 1990s. I had finished my schooling and moved back home to start my career. My grandmother lived…