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Poor man's rebate plane

So, I joined the Paul Seller’s woodworking masterclasses online. I’ve watched all of his videos on youtube, and I’m sure like many, what attracts you to his way of woodworking is his make do attitude. 510 more words


The past few months, I have been frequently confronted with the idea of becoming an entrepreneur or a freelancer. As a man who is responsible for a wife and five young boys, this prospect is terrifying. 688 more words


Dovetail Instruction

Instructions from a real master craftsman.  I am completely hooked on dovetails and the timing for this couldn’t be better.  This is a real class-like instructional video and I can hardly express my appreciation for his work.  77 more words


One Manifesto

If you don’t already follow Paul Sellers blog, I invite you to go read his most recent post, Lifting Your Spirits – Working With Your Own Hands! 329 more words

Deep Thoughts

George Crawford reblogged this on Paleotool's Weblog and commented:

Why we MAKE things. In a world where consumer goods have become cheap (in every sense) why bother creating something you could just go out and buy? I don't know for sure, but it fills some need within myself to know that much of what I own or use was made by me or an actual craftsperson.

"But my own reasons for woodworking don’t have to do with the chance to work with quality tools, or even to produce quality work. I think what captures me is the opportunity to do something with my own hands. When I see all the top of the line machines being put to use on some woodworking shows, I imagine that process taking me further away from feeling the wood being worked."
Have a look at Wesley's post and follow it over to Paul Sellers' . They are both worth reading. From Sellers' blog:
"The quest for success was no longer how much I made but how I made and what I made and with what I made. Here I found peace as I sliced my handsaw down a long board and made rails for a clock. Here I found peace as I sharpened my chisels and carved wood until a tenon quietly emerged from chips on my benchtop. I understood the harmony of marriage when the tenon slid inside its mortise and the dovetails interlocked to marry for life.  I began to understand what dedication meant. "
[gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="6766,6767,6768,6769,6770,6771,6772"] A very small and random selection of the simple little things I've made from the past decade.  Nothing like Paul's work but they are intimate to my soul as I know I made them.

Learning from the Experts: Paul Sellers

While on my quest to become a woodworker, I’ve come across some experts out there who have inspired me and, if I’m lucky, taught me something important about woodworking. 542 more words


Shop made marking and mortise gauges

I’ve been making do with this combination marking and mortise gauge from Harbor Freight www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-mortise-gauge-94645.html.

The mortise gauge side is useless, as it has a broken pin that can’t be corrected.  864 more words

Three-Legged Stool from Paul Sellers book Working Wood 1 & 2

Next up from the Paul Sellers book, the three legged stool.    Starting with a 8′ long 2×12 of douglas fir I cut out two squares.  One I cut out on the bandsaw, the other with a chisel.  599 more words