Surprised by a question…

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…surprised by my answer My friend, Jacob, came to my shop today and said, “Of all of your planes, which is your favourite?” He was looking at the many dozens at different places in my workshop. I said, thoughtfully, and not wanting to just toss something out there, “Well, I have to say, after working …

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Essential Woodworking Hand Tools by Paul Sellers

Essential Woodworking Hand Tools Getting started has become evermore important to more and more people and I think the hand tools I use create a passage into lifestyle woodworking whether you earn your living from it or simply enjoy woodworking. Here’s the thing. Questions about hand tools still come in every day and people are looking …

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Zona push power

I wrote the intro for this yesterday and the questions poured in for a few reasons but different questioners and commenters were troubled by the changeover from a pull stroke to a push stroke and even the use of the term I used, “correcting the Zona saw.” Well, there are many considerations here not the least of …

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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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