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My Week Making and Filming Traditional Sawhorses

I’ve been working for years now to preserve the many things I took for granted as a boy. it started with taking in apprentices in the late 80s, which I still do and then holding classes for kids in the evenings and weekend through the 90s and on into the new millennia. I also taught…

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Making decisions—Take control

There is no easy start I realise the difficulties of deciding a future when you are locked into systems according to culture. I’m not sure if people realise what a normal workday for me involves but I like to put in a good day’s work six days a week most of the time. I think it…

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Making the Paul Sellers’ cane – getting started

Starting out a business – the first steps may well begin here You may well see this as a starting point to a home-based business and I hope that that is the case  for you. Learning to make them by hand will give a greater understanding and feel for the process and will give you…

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Making my Wedding table

This week’s flown by and we accomplished a great deal working every day. I have pretty much finished of the latest project which is a dining table I designed for my son Peter’s wedding back on 2,000 when I made it from some very dark and beautiful Texas black walnut. Making this one took me…

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Making My Bed – That Wonderful Point Called Glue-up

The new owner of the bed called and we talked about delivery in time for New Year’s eve. That saved me a couple of late nights and working Christmas day. It’s been a special week for me this week. Not sure why, but I think it’s because it’s been so quiet, relaxed and happy in…

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Making the Stars Video is Up for Free

Yes, we have another video you can watch for free on woodworkingmasterclasses.com that teaches you how to make faceted wooden stars from scraps that are stunningly beautiful. Sign in as a subscriber for free and you can follow the step-by-step how-to we put together that takes you all the way through making stars to decorate…

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Making a Curve-soled Plane – The Cutting Iron

Making the cutting iron. I bought a piece of O1 flat-stock 3.5mm (1/8”) X 38mm (1 1/2”) X  460mm (18”). these sizes correspond to imperial conversion. 4mm x 40mm x 460mm may be a near alternative in metric availability. This is a common high carbon steel used for tool making and you can use it…

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Making a Curve-soled Plane – Refinements and Fitting

Refining and fitting next. Please don’t think that this plane is difficult and complicated to make. It’s not. Curve-soled, round-soled, straight-soled and hollow-soled planes all come via the same patterns for making and so too low-angled planes, high-angled planes and even toothing planes. I think that you could make about ten different planes using these…

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Making My Toolbox – Laying Out the Dovetails

I glued up my toolbox build yesterday afternoon before I left the Penrhyn Castle workshop for home. Multiple dovetails demand your full attention and of course you must drive yourself so as not to procrastinate and so fail to set the tails home into the glued recesses. Dismantling the original toolbox we’re copying is still an…

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