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Posted on Are the Common Woodworking and Woodworking Masterclasses worth doing?

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#1 posted 11-29-2018 10:34 PM

Looking once at a video will not suffice. You need practice.
Then look again at the same video.
You will notice things he had shown or explained but you didn’t catch the first time and which might explain you didn’t get the same result (not to speak of his 50 years of practice)
Try again.
look again.
It is also important to read Paul Sellers blog; there are some important information you will not necessarily found in the videos. Some of his blog post are more about his life philosophy but you never know before reading them completely if there is something which could better your practice.

Sometimes in his videos he will make a mistake and say “oops” then show how to correct or circumvent it.

The most important free videos to start with:
how to rehab a plane
how to prepare a chisel
how to sharpen plane irons, chisels (and saws).
how to set up a plane
how to chisel a mortise (the one behind a glass)
how to prepare stock
the two series about building a workbench (old one and new one) (sawing, planing, mortise and tenon, housing, (rabbet and groove in the new one)).

After making your workbench, you can start with
- making boxes (dovetails, rounding edges);
- making the clock (dodo/housing; groove; raised panel);
- making a drawer (half blind dovetail; housing with tenon and wedge);

In all those videos, he is showing how to get accurate results (listen for “knife-wall”) and advocates working with sensitivity (including listening to the sound). No “brute force” working needed.

Looking at Paul Sellers free videos will give you a very good base (no subscription for all the basis)
free subscription will give you access to some more skill building projects. You can pay per project for those which are not free or choose the paying subscription.

It is always good to look again at the basis videos from time to time; you might catch something which escaped you before.

Of course I would like to attend to his hands on training.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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