Having worked with hand tools for over 50 years, Paul adopted many tips and tricks to help him in his everyday woodworking. In this blog post we’ve shared some of his favourites in the hope you find them useful too! Pulling a Plane Sometimes you can’t get your body in the right position to push…

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Is there a tool you can’t quite get sharp enough? A technique you keep trying but can’t master? Are your joints not coming together as you had hoped? You may come across several hurdles on your woodworking journey which are hard to overcome. We want to do our best to help you on your way…

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Paul’s studio and workshop is the size of a single car garage, this is because we did a survey a few years ago asking what space you work in. Most people came back letting us know it was a double or single garage, but there were also people working in sheds and spare rooms too.…

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Simple projects make for a great learning opportunity. Putting the joinery you have practised into a practical project can really help you understand the need for accuracy and square stock. Under the current circumstances, many of you have reached out to let us know that woodworking has been a welcomed distraction. We’ve put together a…

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If you can understand what’s going to affect the hand tool that you work the wood with, you can shorten the time spent working against the grain. In this guide you will learn all you need to know about reading the grain, what it is, how to do it and why you need to do…

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We opened up our postbox for beginners to send in one of their first dovetail to get advice as to why it may not be the standard they had hoped for.   Michael sent in his 3rd dovetail joint, he said he found sawing straight and cleaning up difficult. Paul identified that Michael had chosen…

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For someone getting started in woodworking, tools and skills may both be lacking so to get you started, we recommend starting with a project which doesn’t require many tools. The spoon and spatula are great learning projects as they involve shaping which builds skill. To make them, the tools you need are: Pencil Coping Saw…

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Learning to sharpen your tools is a useful skill to have and one which we recommend you learn early on. It will save you lots of time if you’re using well sharpened tools and you will get cleaner results too. Paul recommends learning to freehand sharpen, however you can use a honing guide to help…

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For those of you who don’t know, Paul Sellers is one of the best known hand tool woodworkers in the world. His knowledge and experience has allowed him to become a well respected figure in the world of woodworking. All the content on this site has been written alongside Paul to ensure we have created…

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Getting started in woodworking? These top tips for a beginner show the importance of getting into good habits right from the start of your woodworking journey. 1. Make Sure you Have Sharp Tools This may seem like an obvious one, but having sharp tools will improve your accuracy and make the tools easier to use.…

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