More on your knife. Left handed knife I hear often of left and right handed knives and how they aid vertical cutting in woodworking. In general that’s not altogether true. It’s a rare phenomenon that one person can use both hands with equal dexterity  and exactness; that is, most of, left or right handed, cannot…

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There is more value to a knife than cutting Sellotaped boxes It’s obvious from the emails that not everyone owns a specific joinery knife and is pleasantly surprised at the results in situations they have not seen before. Many obviously do not know that a knife is so intrinsic to general and fine woodworking. This is the sad demise…

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I often make the mistake of saying that ‘this’ or ‘that’ is the best ‘this’ or ‘that’ and that one ‘that’ is better than two ‘thisses’ and so on. The knife I posted on earlier is a case in question. I have a collection of knives I consider my favourites. Most of them I made…

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Someone posted on Youtube to ask me to talk about the Stanley knife I am using in my videos on making the European workbench used by joiners, carpenters and furniture makers through the centuries. I guarantee one thing, at least I think, they would have loved to own the Stanley knife I have been using for years.…

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The woodworker’s knife Knives for woodworkers are often called striking knives or layout knives because we strike and lay out the cut lines of shoulders, cut around hinges and other hardware and trim and fit veneers and thin or small sections of wood to size. There are indeed many different knives to choose from, ranging…

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  • Dave on All in a Week!Really looking forward to the toolbox project masterclass series. Beautiful looking and functional project.
  • Tim on Yesterday!I think there's a time and place for using power tools. Many people who do not work in wood professionally may have only a couple of hours a day - or even in a week - to build thei…
  • Mike King on Yesterday!Your thoughts on music in the shop struck a chord (sorry!) with me. I am just a beginning woodworker but have spent 55 years in darkrooms, both my home darkroom and various commerc…
  • Vidar Fagerjord Harboe on Yesterday!If a pupil does not understand, the teacher has not explained it correctly for that person. Of course, some things might never be understood no matter how many different explanatio…
  • Ross Morrow on Yesterday!Hello Paul, I’d the same problem with above half of my teachers, Subject: Pythagoras ....dy! Theory 1. Explained twice 2. Questions given out 3. Questions handed in.....now starts…
  • Stephen Wardley on Yesterday!Thank you Paul for your philosophical thoughts they certainly strike a chord with me. Schooling methods hadn't changed much by the 60s when I was going through the system and you h…
  • Phil Rushton on Yesterday!How true your words are. I use power tools and hand tools but I have a little maxim I employ. "If speed is your need use power. If calm is your charm use none." I try to do dusty j…