Between the last entry and this one, I have moved from London, where I have lived since 1994, to a mid-sized town in the middle of Sweden. I have not yet established a space to work—it’s not so much the space, actually, as our total inability to clean anything as we have yet to unpack the vacuum and broom. I have though found all the tools (including my old ones!) and all the wood for the toolbox project.
In the middle of this I posted a cry for help on the forums, looking for good books that might teach woodworking with an emphasis on hand tools. I received several helpful replies and by some wandering process happened upon Paul Sellers’s books and videos. His approach really resonates with me and with the short woodworking course I took seven years ago at City & Islington Further Education College.
Because of that course, I had come home fired up to make myself a workbench and made a couple of mortise and tenon joints before realising I simply did not have the space in our tiny flat and put everything away.
Everything, you say? What is “everything”?
- 2 stanley planes, a 4 and a 5
- a Japanese saw which I no longer remember much about
- a swing brace
- a marking gauge
- a mallet
- a set of bevel-edge chisels
- some sharpening paper that I mounted on a flat tile
- a coping saw and extra blades
- a 6” combination square
- a tenon saw
And, in a lovely surprise, I found I also have a quick-release vise as well as a more traditional one. I recall vaguely that I purchased this from Axminster for the planned workbench.
And now I’m looking a Sellers’s book and thinking – hey! I have nearly everything I need! Which reinforces my feeling that the way he teaches is a good way for me to pursue. Plus I like his touchy-feely vibe and his passion for both woodworking and teaching.
And, the first projects in the book are stuff I would really like to make. You know, I can show off my spatula and my stool and stuff. Anyway, as soon as the 36 boxes which remain have shrunk to a more manageable number, and we have found the vacuum, I’ll be back on my toolbox project and hopefully will be starting with some projects from Mr Sellers.
-- Building stuff with my daughter (5). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...