Veritas Plow Planes Running a groove like this takes under five minutes to make and there is no danger to me or to the work at all. Think about it for a moment. You are making one chest. Two legs have 2 grooves, the other 2 have one. 6 grooves, 5 minutes = 1/2 an…

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Square legs have their place in furniture pieces, yet shaped ones define styles. It’s a challenge to come up with new ones and keep them as yours. Imagine a style if you will. We have lots to choose from and too many to list. Today I shaped the legs of my new Hope chest using…

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My hope chest has several rails to interconnect at the corners. Tough wood being made from solid oak, but I’m planing them by hand quite easily using hand planing methods I’ve used for 45 years and the same methods used by woodworkers for centuries. Old fashioned? No, not really. These methods are ideal for developing…

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“The rails be trimmed fair and fettled to size with smoothness ‘neath my wood sole”  Well, friends, it’s a fair test though not truly scientific. I tested a series of equally lengthed planes including #4s, #4 1/2s. #5s and #5 1/2s to true the flat faces and edges of my Hope-chest rails, which measure 7/8″…

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The class went well all day and from the start the enthusiasm was highly infectious even to the point of being contagious. My class starts always begin with sharpness. Without this, hand tool woodworking is impossible.WIthout hand tools in working woodwork,  artisanship cannot exist. Here we are beginning something. Beginnings have a way of defining the…

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When I think of all the friends around the globe working wood, I wonder how trees keep up with supply. George is here from the USA with his friend John and they tell me of storm-dropped trees 4’ in diameter pretty much for the taking. People owning Woodmizer resaw bandsaws for resawing logs make short…

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I started choosing the wood for the panels of the chest today. They are 3/4 “ thick so that I have enough thickness for the raising and enough to fit in the grooves. My earlier post alluded to the selection of wood but in practical terms here are some of the things I consider initially.…

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Wood rewards the artisan who works its substance honestly to make his living. You may not grow rich from a life working wood, but then who said you were supposed to. As a lifestyle workman, my life has always meant steady, hard work. Often for prolonged periods and often the work has been tedious and…

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I worked on the Hope Chest for a few hours this (now Friday) morning and it went well. Raising panels went well again too. As you can see I used a Stanley #4 across the grain to hog off a full 1/8” from the thickness of this 16” x 16” oak panel before I raised…

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  It’s a specially made wooden box used to contain linens and blankets for extra bedding or changed bedding whereby heavier winter quilts and duvets are stored when lighter weight bed covers are used in summer warmth periods and vice versa. In times past it was a special chest used to store items put away…

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  • George on It Takes Effort to ChangeWhat can I say. Your the man. I love reading your blogs and watching the videos. It's refreshing and scary to see a time honored skill set that struggles to exist in the current so…
  • Simon Orchard on It Takes Effort to ChangeRe: Dovetails. I understand that Mr. Sellers is a very busy man but could he shed some light on why the bit I'm chiselling out of my dovetail always snaps off, either leaving a hol…
  • David B on It Takes Effort to ChangePaul, what a wonderful article. self revealing, reflective, inspiring and practical. In the past year of the pandemic I have found sanity in my basement hand tool shop. I have buil…
  • Gerard on It Takes Effort to ChangeI have Paul's book and recommend it to you all. I'm still working on the best arrangement of the 4 x 2.4 m (about 13 x 7.5 feet for North Americans); my present approach is to move…
  • Raphaël Bordaberry on It Takes Effort to ChangeI dream of becoming a hand tool cabinetmaker. I am 18 years old and I will start my apprenticeship next year and I know that I will use machines, especially if I want to make a liv…
  • Salko Safic on It Takes Effort to ChangeI wonder what this new thing is, it's exciting and positive. How hard must it be for you in England with all the restrictions. I'm guessing classes are cancelled? I'm looking forwa…
  • Alain Briot on The Meandering Path of WoodworkingThank you.