1. Denise, A record 0151 or stanley 151 spokeshave is what you desire. The 51’s don’t have the adjustment screws. But Paul often sets his uneven with a heavy bite on one side and a lite cut on the other so the adjustment screws are not critical.

  1. This is exciting I am chopping at the bit to start making one of these, great job Paul and crew. Paul you make it look so easy using the bare minimum for tools, I love it. And I can also tell you I hate sanding especially with my allergies and sinus problems, sand as you go I’m in.

    Thanks again !


  2. I’m going to be a convert to Paul’s sharpening method after all I think. Even my best job doesn’t cut nearly as sweetly as his. Watching a simple tool like the chisel form those shapes reveals some true skill. Really enjoyed this one, thanks.

  3. Paul,

    You state, while shaping the legs, that “It’s a bench stool, and who’s going to care?” I think everyone cares, because it isn’t about making a bench stool.

    One very important lesson I took home from New York is that it’s not about making a project. It’s about making perfect joinery. If you succeed at that, you have a really nice project, but you can take the lessons and apply them to anything. A kitchen stool, a chair, an end table, whatever. The lesson remains the same, and a great looking leg is the result.

    I learn a lot from you each week and miss working near you and my other classmates. John and I were just saying how much we want to return.

    God bless you.


    1. David,

      I believe you missed Paul’s follow-on comment at 29:12….it was straight to the heart of WWMC. It also revealed his true sense of craftsmanship (once again.)

      I envy your time with Paul in New York and hope you get another opportunity to return.


  4. I didn’t miss the comment. You may or may not want to use this detail on a bench stool, but the bench stool isn’t the important part. The important part is you’re learning a leg detail that is elegant, refined, and beautiful, that will work on any project you choose. You just happen to be learning this detail on a bench stool. The project isn’t the key. The key is the joinery, detailing, finishing, etc. being passed on to all of us.

    In class, the joiners tool chest was our first project. Day after day Paul said “Forget about the project and concentrate on the joinery lessons.” That project in particular, is chocked full of joinery lessons. As I watch each episode from WWMC, I appreciate the lessons, which can be applied to any project I choose.

    I’m not sure what part of the world you’re in John, and this goes for everyone, but if you ever can make it to a class with Paul, do it. What ever it takes to make happen, it is well worth it. I struggled a lot to go. Tuition, housing, food, travel, 5 weeks of lost wages, missing my children, etc., etc. I don’t regret it for 1 minute, and would do it again in a heartbeat. I left with 3 projects, worth well more than the cost of tuition, that I built, along with the knowledge, and 10 new friends, whom I miss very much.

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