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Plane soles should be mostly flat

873 days ago by Paul Sellers | 14 comments »

Here is a post I did recently and now want to show you how to do it through a short video. This is not the same plane shown below but it is all the same procedure I use for smoothing planes: Something I have wanted to post on for a while. Next week I will be using a Stanley #4 at the Springfield New Jersey Show and the Fredericksburg Virginia Show Masterclasses I will be teaching for The Woodworking Shows show. It’s an eBay find for £8 – $12. This plane is and always was an amazing...

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Strongest mitre for picture frame - How I made it

875 days ago by Paul Sellers | 4 comments »

Moulding the stock Following up from the video film on the strength of these mitres. These are the steps I took to make this picture-frame moulded and inlaid stock and the frame itself. It’s dead straight forward using a pair of wooden T&G planes, a moulding plane, a tenon saw and a plane. You can make a simple shooting board with stop screwed to a board at 45-degrees or a proper one with removable stops. I took about 45 minutes to make it. Mould the stock with the moulding plane. I...

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Sharpening #4 and 4 1/2 bench planes

883 days ago by Paul Sellers | 16 comments »

At the risk of bringing further controversy into the field of woodworking I thought we should build on the successes forged in the chisel sharpening YouTube video. You might be interested in this method that I use because it was also used by craftsmen for at least two centuries. I have written several blogs, posts and forums previously about the #4 bench plane, the best of which in my view is the plainest of planes, the exceptionally humble and most underestimated and undervalued Stanl...

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Dovetail box in Mahogany and Poplar (in 4 parts) #4: Setting the Hinges

933 days ago by Paul Sellers | 2 comments »

Hi, Here is part four. It is a bit longer than the other sections despite the fact that I have cut it down quite a bit. I hope it will prove a useful tutorial in setting hinges. Enjoy, Paul Sellers

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Dovetail box in Mahogany and Poplar (in 4 parts) #3: Finishing with Shellac

936 days ago by Paul Sellers | 5 comments »

Hi all, Here is part three, finishing with shellac. I just wanted to show a beautiful finish which is really easy to apply. Hope you all enjoy. Paul

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Dovetail box in Mahogany and Poplar (in 4 parts) #2: roundover for box lid (2 of 4)

948 days ago by Paul Sellers | 23 comments »

Here is the second part of a short series. In this one I round the edges of the lid with a hand plane.

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Mortise and Tenon joint in oak

952 days ago by Paul Sellers | 17 comments »

Hi all, I seem to be on a roll with the videos at the moment. Here is another quick one I did last night on the mortise and tenon joint. I hope that this takes some of the mystery out of a seemingly daunting joint. It is quick and simple really and can be incorporated in so many projects. Let me know what you think and of course ask questions. Enjoy!

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Dovetail box in Mahogany and Poplar (in 4 parts) #1: four corners and planed in 10 minutes (1 of 4)

956 days ago by Paul Sellers | 52 comments »

Hi Everyone, Well, I promised that I would do this. Here is a video I did at the castle last night. The woods are mahogany and poplar. I believe that this is a realistic way to make dovetails for a quick box or drawer. I always take a bit more time and care on finer projects. Hope you enjoy!

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My Creative Workspace #1: Creating my creative work space

1147 days ago by Paul Sellers | 2 comments »

Ever thought about where you work? I mean, the space you occupy is your place of occupation and it’s more important then that you customise it to suit your personal needs. Even shared space necessitates that you create a working environment within the greater whole: a place of functionality if you will, that allows the placement of all things so that the positioning affords optimal accessibility.This is my personal work area at Penrhyn Castle workshop where we have the woodworking cours...

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Wood Types and Properties #4: Know your wood #4-Oak (red)

1149 days ago by Paul Sellers | 1 comment »

More on oak I first worked with red oak in the Texas Hill Country back in 1987. At least that was the first time I knew of red oak as distinct from English oak. Whereas I love English and European oaks American red oak is not my favourite wood to work with and it’s not the prettiest, but it’s used  extensively for kitchen and bathroom cabinets throughout the USA and many European countries too. Red oak is known for its hard and heavy heartwood that has substantial strength ...

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