Starting Out

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I have been working on this for some time and I am making many assumptions in trying to diagnose the situation. Much of what I have been looking at relates to having lived in the USA and the UK, but people following this particular blog do so for some very specific reasons and I think …

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Setting the traditional wooden spokeshave

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….continuing on from the last blog I wrote. These spokeshaves are not complicated or difficult to set provided everything is in fairly good shape. Complications come when the tangs are rusted into their sockets which is not at all unusual, or the forepart of the spokeshave is so worn away that there is massive gaping …

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Sharpening traditional spokeshaves

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Question: How do I sharpen my wooden spokeshave, Paul? I have a wooden spokeshave and want to use it but with the two prongs sticking up I can’t really work out how to sharpen it. How do you sharpen yours? Answer: This question drops through my letterbox often enough to need an answer and the …

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New tools and old tools

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Both have worth but not all worth is equal of course and sometimes lesser worth is worth all the more. This week I bought three secondhand planes for teaching the school classes as we often restore one in the classes each time. It’s not just that they are cheap or old but that they have …

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Understanding what motivates starting out

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I made this in 1963. It was my first venture into furniture making and pivotal to the decision to become a lifestyle woodworker at 13 years of age. 52 years have passed and I have no regrets standing within two feet of a workbench and vise working with hand tools since then. We postpone decisions …

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How to get started in woodworking Part II

Hi Paul, I really enjoy watching your Youtube series, its amazing to watch a true master of his craft at work. Im amazed at the possibilities of woodwork, from making everyday items to building complete workshops. It looks really daunting but I would love to learn the basics and build on from there, hopefully fulfilling …

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A boy made joints in 1963 and kept them. Why?

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A student showed me how joinery from a woodworking class in 1962 started out. Later he showed me the writing desk he made. He went to grammar school and was channelled away from something he loved to do something more acceptable. Manual labour for him was frowned on because “academic abilities” trumped manual labour meant …

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Making my chair video

This is the introduction YouTube video to making my dining chair for those who want the adventure to begin. It’s a video series you can join in with if you are or become a paying member of woodworkingmasterclasses.com and this membership also gives you access to hundreds of woodworking videos we have produced over the …

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Another class completed

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Another class finished and I made deposits in many lives over nine days in different ways and I was exhausted as I drove home this evening but I have to say it was worth every minute. As I watched yet another batch despatched with their new skills to use for the rest of their lives I …

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