Making Wooden Stars

Christmas Stars

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In this festive episode, Paul shows us how to make decorative wooden stars that can be used to cheer up your house, be given as gifts, and used as gift tags at Christmas. This video also covers some of the techniques used in inlay and decoration.


  1. Ken on 14 December 2013 at 11:23 am

    Thanks guys, a nice surprise video for us all.
    Nice job many thanks 😉

  2. woodworker435 on 14 December 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you Paul, Joseph, and crew. You are a truly wonderful group of people; compassionate, caring, and giving. I appreciate the effort and work you put into furthering and expanding the craft we all enjoy. Merry Christmas.

  3. rsites on 14 December 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks for another great video. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  4. humanic on 14 December 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Wonderfull surprise and amazing Christmas present for all of us!

    This site and its community is become so special in many aspects in this moment of my life…

    Congratulation for your exeptional work and your generosity.

    With gratitude and respect.


  5. pcgalwally on 14 December 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Absolutely fantastic Paul. I was making these last week after your blog entry and was going about it in many of the same ways, but some of these wrinkles will help to take the accuracy to a new level.

  6. JerryH on 14 December 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Great project Paul, thank you. Off to the garage to have a go!

  7. NikonD80 on 14 December 2013 at 1:27 pm

    These are really fun to make. I’ve done an Oak and Holly one for the top of our tree, several Holly and Cocobolo ones for general decorations and a 10″ one out of Ash that’s going to be part of the central decoration of the dinner table on Christmas Day. My son has made a candle holder at school that’s going on top. Must dash as the kids and I are off down the workshop to make my wife a carry tote for her gardening gear.

  8. bobeaston on 14 December 2013 at 2:21 pm


    From looking at only the original piece, I can think of ways of making these stars that are 8 to 10 times more complex! 🙂

    Thanks and Merry Christmas!


  9. braunr6859 on 14 December 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I really enjoyed the video. I will be making these for all the gifts.

    I hope in the future a video will be made showing all the jigs you use and how to make them.

    Merry Christmas to all

  10. Matt Vaughn on 14 December 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Only one problem with this video : No Santa Cap??
    Thanks for the Christmas video and giving a couple of weekends to make these stars.

  11. Mexiquite on 14 December 2013 at 3:36 pm

    What great video and surprise. Merry Christmas to the Seller family. Looking forward to making the Texas star, have some ebony I get to finally put to use.

  12. Bobbie Eiler on 14 December 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Very Nice! I love that you give all the ‘fix-it’ tips too. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

  13. str8tedge on 14 December 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Paul, Joseph, and Staff,

    You folks are the real stars. Shining and sharing the light of knowledge, bringing together a wonderful international wood working community of which I am proud to be a part. I have not viewed a site where people are more respectful of each others ideas, views and aspirations. As the saying says, ‘A rising tide lifts all boats’.

    Happy Christmas and Happy Holidays to the Seller’s family and to all of our members around the world! Another great video, and thanks.

    Joe B.

  14. Greg Merritt on 14 December 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks so much for this bonus video! Yet another world of possibilities are opened up.
    Happy holidays to all.


  15. David Ashdown on 14 December 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Great timing! Perfect Saturday project with the boys! Thanks!

    David Ashdown
    Maplewood Center for Common Craft
    Greenwich, NY

  16. Ken Dart on 14 December 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Thank you for another interesting video Paul ,can’t wait to try some inlay work.
    Merry Christmas .

  17. Scott Smith on 14 December 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks for that video. Such detail made so simple. Thanks for all the projects this year. I have enjoyed them all. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

    Merry Christmas to Paul and family

  18. William Goodwin on 14 December 2013 at 5:51 pm

    You’re amazing Paul. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I’ll be looking for more of your experienced wisdom in the new year.

    Bill Goodwin

  19. STEVE MASSIE on 14 December 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Paul thanks for this one also, a very nice surprise and another fun project. I love your techniques with the simplicity of the tools you use. These will make nice Gifts. Next year looks to be a fun year from the hints you have been dropping and I can’t wait.

    Thanks again !


  20. Rick Gatewood on 14 December 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you!

  21. Dave Deady on 14 December 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Best wishes and warm regards far Scotland – to Paul and the team
    Perfect! Just what I need

  22. Larry King on 14 December 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you for the Christmas bonus, a pleasure to watch a master craftsman.
    Merry Christmas to you and Family

  23. Anthony Grosso on 14 December 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you, Paul. From here in the US, Merry Christmas to you and your family always. We all look forward to meeting with you again in Somerset, NJ. We love you much!!!

  24. MICHAEL RUDD on 14 December 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks Paul, Have a merry Christmas from all of us here in Merry England.

  25. Mark Armstrong on 15 December 2013 at 12:05 am

    Loved this one 😉
    Merry Christmas Paul and team

  26. Steve on 15 December 2013 at 12:23 am

    Thank you Paul, Joseph, Phil and crew. Merry Christmas to all!

  27. John Moore on 15 December 2013 at 12:31 am

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for all the great instructions on the different angles, layouts, and how to get the same thickness on all the parts. I will also be making some of these for Christmas.

  28. Praki Prakash on 15 December 2013 at 12:46 am

    This is just brilliant! Lots of simple techniques that I would have a hard time imagining as usual. I will be trying my hand at this.

    About the only question I have is, could the similar pieces have been ganged together and jointed on the plane for accuracy?

    Cant wait to see Paul’s method for inlay work.

  29. Simon Mac on 15 December 2013 at 2:17 am

    Thanks Paul. You always amaze us with your creativity and skills. Your originality is consistent and is unmatched by any other online teachers out there.

    Thanks for your free videos and I hope you keep them coming. Merry Xmas!


  30. david o'sullivan on 15 December 2013 at 2:18 am


  31. Andrew Henderson on 15 December 2013 at 6:06 am

    Thank you Paul! Love watching you work, such simplicity and passion!

  32. Clembo on 15 December 2013 at 10:53 am

    Thanks so much for this very informative video showing your skills to be replicated in accuracy and patience for us all. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning watching you work and inspiring me to have a go at this.

    A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you all there at the castle and to my fellow members on this site. Have a good one!


  33. hhcraft on 15 December 2013 at 11:20 am

    wonderful!! thank you

  34. nathan Graham on 15 December 2013 at 11:48 am

    thanks Paul, I learned alot, the possibility’s are endless.

  35. RL on 15 December 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Really useful and enjoyable, thanks.

  36. MartyBacke on 15 December 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Another nice video. I enjoy seeing all the various tools/jigs that Paul pulls out of the ‘closet’ or makes on the spot. And this time we saw him use a Veritas saw – shocking 😉

    I’m curious, what is the intended purpose of that grey board with the piece of 2×4 attached to the back, used in this video to present the various pieces of the star?

  37. Jem on 15 December 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks guys for this. Paul’s teaching style is so encouraging and I love how quiet the workshop is.

  38. António on 15 December 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks for the present “Mr Father Paul Sellers Christmas” and all the Santa’s little helpers!

  39. Eddy Flynn on 15 December 2013 at 9:27 pm

    thanks Paul and the team great tips

  40. skodger1nine80 on 15 December 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Massive thank you Paul and Joseph, great video and very instructive. Have wonderful Christmas and best wishes to you all for 2014.

  41. Anonymous on 16 December 2013 at 1:31 am

    With the plane he uses, wouldn’t those be Woden stars? Not wooden stars?

    Better than a Dr. Who Christmas special, and it works on wood.

    Happy Holidays.

  42. Matt Hess on 16 December 2013 at 5:20 am

    What a great end to my weekend! I’ll go to bed with a smile on my face dreaming of woodworking 🙂

  43. Jeff Porterfield on 16 December 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you Paul and Joseph and all….such an inspiring video.
    Merry Christmas.

  44. STEVE MASSIE on 16 December 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I have watched this video for the 3rd time now, looks so complex but Paul makes it so simple and the jigs are so ingenious, love it.

    I meant to comment on my 1st post, do you finish any of these with shellac or leave plain ?

    Thanks again for another wonderful project.


    • Paul Sellers on 17 December 2013 at 11:36 am

      Shellac is fine, but I also use superglue on paper towel. Whichever you use, buff out with 0000 steel wool and wax with paste wax.

      • Gary Syphus on 22 August 2014 at 4:14 pm

        Hi Paul,
        Could you please describe finishing with super glue? Have never heard of this.

  45. Brian Stafford on 16 December 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Wonderful instruction, as always, sir. Thank you for all of the time and work you put into making these videos.

    God bless.

  46. karlg on 16 December 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful Christmas present. Your gift multiplies many times over as each of us make gifts for our family and friends. Merry Christmas to the Sellers family!!!!!!!

  47. Dusty11408 on 17 December 2013 at 4:33 am

    Paul, thank you for the nice video. Merry Christmas from sunny California!

  48. Florian on 17 December 2013 at 10:14 am

    Thank you very much, Paul. Another fascinating discipline. I already started my mass manufacturing with 3 pieces…
    Merry christmas!

  49. Doug Commons on 17 December 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Paul, thank you for the lesson on how to make these stars. You have provided some wonderful information on how to make perfect delicate inlay joinery. I look forward to putting these methods into practice. Take care.

  50. braunr6859 on 18 December 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Paul, you did it !! I have been trying to get my wife interested in wood working for years, without success. Margo, happened to be in the room when I started watching the “Christmas Stars”. She went crazy and is now in the workshop giving it a try.

  51. Robert Sacilowski on 19 December 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Paul, great video, thank you for all your teachings. When we met in Tampa last year, you showed my wife and I one of these stars. When I looked at it, it was beautiful, but WAY over my head how to construct one. Later my wife (who LOVED it) asked if I could make her one and I had to tell her my skills are not there. She watched the video with me and was amazed at how much work and accuracy you put into making the stars. Thanks again and Merry Christmas to you and your family. All the best Bob & Patti

  52. Karey on 22 December 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Paul, I like the video on making stars. I have now made 3 and enjoyed making them. I didn’t think I could make one that could be so accurate but with your directions is was quite easy. Thanks so much. I also have my bench stool completed up to the last video and now just waiting for the next video on making the seat. Watching your videos has greatly improved my skills and my confidence. Thanks again…

  53. mike melendrez on 15 October 2014 at 6:55 am

    What a wonderful project. I am looking forward to inlaying a star in the face of my project

  54. John Shuss on 29 October 2015 at 3:12 pm

    The stars are great.
    I found an easy way to hang these stars. I took a straight pin and cut off the head. Then tapped the point a couple times with a hammer on an anvil to sharpen it. I then put the pin in my 70 year old hand drill. With the star in a vice I drilled a hole in the edge of the star. Then I threaded a 2 pound mono filament fishing line through the hole, tied a knot and then I hung the star. Modern chucks will not hold a drill as small as a pin. The hand drill was just the thing.

  55. dvollie on 22 December 2015 at 6:45 pm

    I have been struggling with making a three-dimensional Lone Star. I made the mistake of showing my wife the four pointed stars and even some five pointed I made and she wants a three-dimensional Lone Star! Help, Paul!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

    • Matt McGrane on 23 December 2015 at 4:58 am

      David, I recall someone on listing a 3D lone star project a few years ago. He may have included instructions. I just did a quick search and couldn’t find it, but maybe with a better search …

  56. beach512 on 12 September 2016 at 6:05 pm

    There were lots of great tips in this episode for precision woodworking on small pieces that I really loved! I had not looked at this video since I was focusing more on the furniture projects but glad I finally watched. Thanks!

  57. drdee1280 on 29 November 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Dear Paul
    You mentioned that you were going to show us how to inlay these stars in this video from 2013.
    I want to inlay a compass rose and my practice attempts look very amateurish ( rose looks good, edges of inlay look bad).

    Any chance you will be doing ‘how to inlay shapes into solid wood’ video soon? Thanks for all you do!

    • Philip Adams on 7 December 2016 at 2:42 pm

      It is on the list, but we can’t invest the time and resources required to cover this topic fully at the moment. We’re trying to focus our energy on the really key aspects of woodworking to have a firm foundation to build on in future videos and articles.
      Best, Phil

    • beach512 on 11 December 2016 at 12:04 pm

      I also am very interested in how to create a precise inlay pocket using only hand tools. Even if it is only tips shown in a Q&A session.

      • drdee1280 on 11 December 2016 at 1:15 pm

        That’s a good idea. If Paul just gives us a hint as to the right way to go about cutting the edges. I’m using the small hand router plane to get an even base, but the edges are a little ragged. I’ve tried using a sharp knife, chisel, etc for the edges, and I’m always going just a little off line. I wanted to inlay a compass rose onto a solid wood desktop. If he could spend a couple mins telling us what we should be doing on a Q&A session (I love those , by the way) I would really appreciate it.
        Thank you!

  58. Ronald Kowalewski on 7 October 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Do we need to make shooting board stops for both 42′, and 68′ for 5 point stars?

    • Philip Adams on 17 October 2017 at 10:04 am

      Hello Ronald (@brzteach),
      Paul only used the shooting board for the 45 degree angle, not the long faces. On a 5 point star, I would have thought that left you with a 36 degree angle that needs planing unless I am mistaken. You could make a somewhat scaled down shooting board for that purpose.

      • Ronald Kowalewski on 17 October 2017 at 5:59 pm

        Thank you for your Reply Philip! I took the lack of earlier replies as a sign that yes a special shooting board stop will be needed. It took more energy to write the question than it did to make the stop. Alas my angles were off, and it is time to get back to it and make more pieces, with the correct angles! after a bout three batches im getting the hang of it..

        Im still breaking tips of segments when i use the shooting board( about1/5), any tips?

        • Philip Adams on 19 October 2017 at 12:53 pm

          My only thought would be to make sure it is supported along the length by the stop when shooting the segment.

  59. Martyn Nickless on 17 December 2020 at 8:50 am

    It has been a wonderful year after finding Paul&Co, despite COVID-19, which alsoprovided a litttle more workshop time and opportunity.
    Thanks to all of the Sellers’ team for their guidance in the development of my woodwork skills, long dormant or should that be undeveloped!
    Greetings from South Africa, and best wishes for 2021.

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