Paul Sellers’ Blog

My Shed

I started to think about buying the side door and was intrigued by the way I almost unthinkingly chose that path well traveled, which is of course to just to buy one in. Anyway, us DIYers have many good readers for doing it ourselves and mine is manyfold for this door. I could have bought…

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Sheds at Home

As it is with any foundation, it’s important to get it right. When you do, everything else falls into place. Level and square are the two key elements after ensuring the foundation is strong enough to support the whole when done and then some. Standing the stud walls on so small a structure is not…

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Collecting the Past Makers

Just when you think you’re done, eBay finds yet another tool you missed from your collection that most likely you would never have found or even known about outside of eBay. In the last year or so I have found R Groves saws I didn’t know existed, adding them to my still growing but quite…

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What’s a Struggle?

While I have been working on my shed I’ve had time to think and then too to read comments about what I’m doing via social media, the blog and so on. It made me realise that people often might not get DIY or at least get what it means to me and some of us.…

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Overcoming Disability

Hi Paul,My son (9) has become very interested in woodworking over the last year, watching and helping with the projects I have done, along with a few of his own. He was born with one hand, and his other arm ends just below the elbow.He has become competent with some of the easier tasks that…

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Building Work

I have been building what I am calling a shed. The garage workshop can quickly become invaded if you’re not careful and though I don’t altogether mind sharing space with people, I do kinda draw the line at bikes, lawn mowers, wheel barrows and then things like freezers too. In my garage space I have…

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Have We Got It?

I met some kids a short time back, two or three weeks ago now, open-faced, funny, healthy, happy children, the way we all think for the main part that kids should be. These children were 9 years of age but the unique thing was that they were in their third year of woodworking in school.…

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My Own Scraper Burnisher

It’s been some time since I designed my own burnisher. Having used so many I thought I could develop one that was specifically designed for my own hand according to preferences and knowledge I had gained over several decades. I have used it every day since I turned the handle and slid the hardened steel…

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My Week’s Working

In fact every week works for me, mostly. When problems come, then i can learn from them. Turning negative into positive is more than positive thinking, it’s more embracing opposition and turning it to an advantage. Of course that doesn’t mean that there aren’t struggles, just that when you marry your craft you know it’s…

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The Bench in My Garden

I waited a while before giving the pine garden bench it’s protective layers. I wanted the wood to be thoroughly dried down so that the oil-based finish would have the least opposition from moisture forced out by the heat of summer. Now it has three coats so I expect it to last the next 15…

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