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S&J Bench Planes Review

When I blogged and even filmed about the Spear & Jackson hands saws it wasn’t because they sponsored me, gave me a kickback or gave me free tools or equipment. They gave me zilch because I don’t and won’t take anything. Not taking any sponsorship from any manufacturer means I have the total freedom to…

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When Someone Asks How Do You Hold a Plane…

…You Will Say Some say this way is correct. It’s the only way… …Then you will say but I have been taught that this is a better way… …and then this way, now this, and this, and this, and this, and this……. But when the wood takes me in a different mood I can adopt…

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A Plane I Can Handle

I’ve worked with many cast metal hand planes through the years, probably all of them. It’s my interest. Woodworking fascinates me but after the initial introduction, perhaps a few years, maybe five, you start to realise that there are many aspects to the craft that expand the whole to capacities you will never fathom. Bruce…

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Plane Handling—Squaring the Edge

I think it’s true that when you first start to handle a plane you might feel more a bit like a juggling klutz than someone fully controlled and conversant with its idiosyncrasies to smooth and refine wood with. Jerks, jams, stammers and stutters usually trip up our intent on straightening, smoothing and squaring wood. So…

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Not All Planes Are Created Equal

It’s hard to say how many planes I’ve taken from rubbish-looking to fully operational models. Hundreds, I know. Unlike the modern day clones of Bed Rocks, where they are all equally well engineered and perhaps, dare I say much less characterful than their Bailey-pattern counterparts, each basic and feisty Bailey-pattern bench plane as in the…

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Thickness Planing With a Hand Plane

On woodworkingmasterclasses we’ve often developed thinner pieces, strips, for things like chess board veneers blocking, coasters and such. Sometimes thicker pieces like table legs have been planed parallel too, or indeed intentionally tapered within extremely tight margins. Our members can be forgiven for taking the methods we use to guarantee exactness for granted, thinking it’s a…

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Plane Speaking

I was 15. My plane arrived with Mr Cheapie, boxed in a Stanley orangey-yellow box with a dark green and white lable. At the bench Cheapie watched me unwrap the wax ed aper from the plane and checked I was happy with it. I paid him my week’s wage, £3.50 for that and a screwdriver…

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A Stay-set # 3 Record Bench Plane

It’s quite a lovely plane really. Compact and lightweight, feisty in the hand and then dead gutsy. That’s how I feel about all of the #3s really. I love plucking them from my tools from time to time and seeing them flip, turn and twist to task so willingly and immediately in my hands as…

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Mis-placing Your Plane

Here is a video we put together on misplacing your bench plane. It’s been a struggle but we’re gaining ground. I have learned from the maxim that, whereas practice makes perfect, it also makes permanent, paralleling the maxim that old habits die hard. There is a reality to the fact that we often develop patterns…

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Which Bench Plane?

I use a variety of hand planes, bench planes actually, in the day to day of making, writing and filming because on the one hand I want to use what people can get hold of and afford at a reasonable price and I tend feel a little nauseous when snobbism displaces proven technologies that worked…

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  • David Wood on Life’s a Poem…Hi Paul and Gang, Merry Christmas to you all for 2019. I'm reading James Krenovs' "cabinetmakers notebook" and he is saying exactly what you'r saying about the inclusiveness of all…
  • The Southpaw Woodshop on Life’s a Poem…Well said. Couldnt agree more with the time spent working the wood with handtools, listening and feeling the grains.
  • Greg Werner (USA) on Life’s a Poem…Hi Paul, It's my first visit to your website. I've been voraciously consuming your videos and they have inspired a renascence to wood working days of old - - word working too with…
  • Paul Sellers on I Need Another ShedBut that would be you not me. And of course I find days off and resting the way you suggest very, very tiring too. Oh, and I have never neglected time with my family nor oversteppe…
  • Harry & Margaret on I Need Another ShedTake a break between Christmas and New Year Paul. You'll benefit from the rest, your family will see more of you, and more importantly, your new neighbours will appreciate the peac…
  • Paul Sellers on I Need Another ShedWe film about 98% of the making at my garage in the studio. The filming and editing is as efficient as we can get that way and we have control over everything from light and lighti…
  • Stefan R. on I Need Another ShedHi Paul. For me it is a bit confusing sometimes when you talk about the house full of furniture. I have some questions. Are you actually working in the garage of the house full of…
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