Paul Sellers' Blog A Lifestyle Woodworker Wed, 24 May 2017 09:16:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Paul Sellers' Blog 32 32 65277929 Yellow Dusters-Don’t Believe the National Trust Tue, 23 May 2017 19:12:41 +0000

Biting Back The yellow duster is unbeatable for trapping dust, taking it outdoors safely and shaking it out to the four winds. Its fibrous soft fibres are the very thing that make it work the best. I am guessing that these National Trust leaders and advisers are not of the generation that actually dusted much of anything …

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Inlaying With a Difference Mon, 22 May 2017 12:12:15 +0000

It’s not conventional but it works more quickly and effectively than any other method I know of. You can transfer the outcome to all manner of wood work for decoration or as in this case make it a standalone piece. We created a good-looking bookmark in minutes and without using anything more than handsaws, planes and a …

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How to Make a Half-lap Dovetail–A New Video and a New Method Fri, 19 May 2017 10:38:05 +0000

There are different preferences and traditional ways to make hand cut dovetails and then there is a way that adds one extra step but removes all need for the conventional use of marking or cutting gauges; methods normally associated with laying out both through and half-lap dovetails. When I first saw the video played back to me, …

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Quick Plane Tips (Pun Intended) Thu, 18 May 2017 14:06:39 +0000

I was a boy when I first saw it. George planed the board flat and it looked flat to me. What did I know? Life was different then I think. 15 years olds, in a workshop filled with adult men, I knew then I didn’t know anything; at least not much worth knowing. The oak …

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A Saw Binds Fri, 12 May 2017 21:43:03 +0000

A saw binds in its cut and the man tugs it from the wood then throws it far across the shop like a Frisbee. Bouncing from the brick it lands deep in dust behind the strafe sander. He curses the saw and a big man walks over to him, grabs him by the throat and says, “Don’t …

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Aldi Drill-driver Under Test Mon, 08 May 2017 16:59:38 +0000

You don’t see me too often extolling the merits of power equipment but one piece of equipment i use enough in the day to day of life is a battery-driven drill-driver. I like them because they are a one hand operation, leaving my free hand to hold the work. It doesn’t mean I  am abandoning …

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Oxfordshire’s Artweeks is On Wed, 03 May 2017 11:38:00 +0000

Each May Oxfordshire holds its unique arts festival over a three-week span of total creativity. Artists and crafting artisans throughout the county open their studios and workshops to display their completed works and works in progress too; you might never get to see their work at any other time or indeed elsewhere so please follow the …

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Still Good Finds Around Thanks to eBay Mon, 01 May 2017 17:48:44 +0000

Back in the 1980s we were paying higher prices for secondhand and especially collectable woodworking hand tools than we might be today hence no sympathy with those looking to buy nowadays. In fact collectable tools were usually obtained primarily from specialist dealers who bought and sold as any antique dealer might. They advertised in magazines mostly, …

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It’s Black and White Woodworking Reality Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:33:09 +0000

I’ve given it my best shot so far. For 25 years and few more I’ve given it my best shot and I’ll keep giving it my best shot for as long as I can. Seeing things in black and white somehow dispenses with the peripheral and gets you to the core issues and that’s what …

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The Mary Rose Exhibit Makes Sense of History Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:17:57 +0000

Sunday 16th April 2017 Most metal had long since corroded in the rigours of a corrosive salt washing of 5 centuries or so, but handles are almost always obvious. Combine that with location and the pieces literally come together. Had it been for me to be a part of the discovery I’m sure I would …

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