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    Bob Lockwood

    I am very excited!

    After two months of watching Paul’s master class DVDs and now a few weeks of watching the online series.  I finally have enough tools and a bench to begin.

    Attached is a picture of my first handcut dovetail.  Last time was 10 years ago and with a electric router and jig.

    It’s a little sloppy, but much more satisfying than the machine cut version years ago.

    Lessons learned:

    Only one of my chisels was really as sharp as I wanted

    Paul makes it look way too easy 🙂  I’m it will improve over time.


    Having loads of fun!



    Hi bob,

    How did the bench come out? Did you do the English bench with the Apron as in the DVD series?

    I am going to start making mine in couple of weeks.  How much time did it take you to build it?



    From El Salvador, currently living in Guatemala

    Bob Lockwood

    On my first round of woodworking about 10 years ago, I made a bench, which I subsequently sold.

    Getting back into it this time, I elected to buy a Sjobergs bench.

    Main reason for buying was that it took me so long to build last time even with power tools.  I also prefer the sytle I bought to the English bench.


    Mario,  I built the bench in Pauls DVD over a long weekend,  3 days.  Thats a full three days.    It goes pretty quick once you get started,  the longest bit was chopping the mortises and fitting the tenons in the legs.




    i built mine over about a month of intermittent weekends and evening hours.  It goes together pretty quickly once you start.  Then once you fit a vise, there will be nothing holding back your woodworking!  enjoy it, you’ll have a lot of fun and learn so much.


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