Wallclock Episode 1

Episode 1

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In Episode 1, Paul gives a brief overview of clock series and shows sketches of the project. He also shows how to choose and prepare the wood.

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  1. Ken Haygarth on 2 November 2012 at 2:50 am

    Thanks Paul, fantastic job buddy. I love working wood with hand tools, I have learnt more from two videos, than I have in a long time.

    Very Best

  2. Jose Santiago on 2 November 2012 at 4:21 am

    A fabulous, outstanding and engaging approach. I like your project based instruction as it gives immediate results. Keep it coming and thank you.

  3. David Knight on 3 November 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Great video Paul, really looking forward to the series. Will these be downloadable or steaming with multiple times access? I find it is usefull to watch tricky steps multiple times.

  4. Ken Haygarth on 6 November 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Making these downloadable will be a great help to many. Great job guys well done, and many thanks.

    Very Best

  5. rharkrader on 7 November 2012 at 4:15 pm

    What sort of oil is that in the rag inside the tomato can you use, Paul? I’ve tried using paraffin wax for the same purpose. Thanks!


    • Paul Sellers on 7 November 2012 at 6:19 pm

      I use 3-1 oil. Any light machine oil will work though. Never use oils such as Danish oil or Linseed oil as these can spontaneously combust and set other things on fire.

    • qupia on 7 May 2014 at 8:06 am

      Nice question; I was wondering that same thing 🙂

  6. STEVE MASSIE on 10 November 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Paul enjoyed the video very much, keep up the good work and looking forward to your other projects. I am currently building your bench and looking forward to using it.



  7. Kevin Mahoney on 25 November 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Excellent start, like the way you describe your techniques as you move through the project, flows very well. Thanks

  8. Chris Vandiver on 27 November 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Nice video. I’m wondering what the tooth count is and how the panel saw Paul uses is filed(rip or crosscut)?


  9. Dan Woloz on 18 December 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Do you prefer ripping the pieces with a saw or riving?

    • Joseph Sellers on 24 December 2012 at 11:59 am

      It always depends on the grain. If the grain is right it is usually quicker to split otherwise it is always best to saw.

  10. howard1995 on 27 December 2012 at 1:45 am

    if i sign up for the payed subscription can i watch the rest of these without paying extra or can i only start on the current project

    • Joseph Sellers on 28 December 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Hi @howard1995,

      When you sign up you get access only to the current project videos. We do plan to offer the clock videos (as well as other projects once they are past) for a one time price. However, the cheapest way to gain access to our videos is to signup and stay signed up. Past projects will be priced slightly higher than the monthly fee would have been.

      Once you have access to videos you keep access for the lifetime of you account, even if you stop the paid account. In other words, someone who has paid for the first two months would still be able to watch the clock videos even if they cancelled payments. We think it is important that once people have paid for access we give them continuing access as long as we can.

      Hope this helps.

  11. Bobby Edelman on 24 March 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Why do you use a smooth plane rather than a block plane on the end grain? Would a block plane be any better or worse than a smooth plane?

    • Ken on 24 March 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Bobby, Paul is showing that with a sharp smoothing plane, you can plane end grain without the need for a low angled block plane. A low angled block plane, would indeed do a fine also. I’m not sure it would do it better though.
      I hope this helps till Paul can reply

  12. Mihai on 14 April 2013 at 3:51 pm

    “Omne tullit punctum qui miscuit utile dulci –
    lectorem delectando pariterque monendo”
    I wish this lesson be longer…
    Thank you for doing this

  13. Sandy on 18 November 2013 at 3:58 am

    Great beginning video. I learn something new every time I watch Paul work. now I can’t wait to get out in the shop and try what I’ve seen here…

  14. adrian on 19 August 2014 at 2:08 am

    Sure is nice not to have the bother of setting up a table saw to make a simple rip or two.
    Plus you get the joy of exercise without the noise and dust.
    Thanks, Paul you are a great teacher.

  15. Ben Fisher on 16 September 2014 at 4:34 am

    I’m struggling with the aspect of picking out wood, even for the workbench.

    The local big box stores, even for a workbench, lumber seems pretty low quality.

    The local Lowe’s and Home Depot carry the 2×4 I would need for the workbench and 1x pine that is higher quality that might work for a wall clock (but not a workbench).

    I think I’m just struggling understanding how to pick out stock. I don’t think I should be looking for knot-free but I don’t want to buy something that my novice skills are going to have a horribly time planing.

    I heard you say here you’re not looking for knot-free, talking about knots going through the board or not, hard vs soft (?) knots (what’s that?) and so on.

    I’m trying to find a lumber yard besides big box store locally but not having any luck yet.

    Any pointers here?

    • jamesblonde001 on 25 September 2014 at 11:43 am

      Reclaimed wood might be a good alternative. We have a quite a few lumber stores around my home. Searching ‘Lumber’ on google maps may help. I use Lowes alot too and I spend alot of time digging through the piles too. At least they dont mind me picking through it. Like Paul I try to clean up the pile after.

    • arod49 on 29 September 2014 at 11:22 pm

      For anyone in southern Ontario, A & M Wood Specialty in Cambridge, Ontario has a fabulous inventory – everything from Ash and Pine to Bubinga and a bunch of woods I’ve never heard of. They also sell tonewoods for instrument making, and will thickness it for you if you require it.

  16. Michael Barnes on 24 November 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Just started my very first proper woodwork project today…..I’m having a go at making this wall clock….I’m totally new to wood work but thanks to Paul’s videos it’s going pretty well so far.

    • Eddy Flynn on 25 November 2014 at 11:11 am

      hi barry and welcome to the world that is working wood, good luck with your clock you couldn’t be getting instruction than right here on this site .

      • Michael Barnes on 25 November 2014 at 5:16 pm

        Well all is going well so far…..apart from the raised panel…that went a tad wrong…I had to joint two boards together to get a wide enough panel and the grain was a real issue and was hard to plane but it’s ok…this was just a practice piece really, not an actual display piece so I’m not too concerned….I think I may make a planing jig to do the raised panel for a final piece.

  17. Joel Finkel on 13 February 2015 at 4:50 am

    Someone please tell me that I am crazy for making this clock from rough sawn 4/4 Osage Orange.

    My first, in pine, came out nicely. The second, in Red Oak, was better. But this wood is fantastic…and troublesome. I think it’s the densest hardwood in the U.S. Dimensioning it is giving me lots of practice sharpening my plane irons. I think that I’ll be practicing sharpening scrapers very soon now.

  18. THOMAS KLINE on 25 November 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Paul – great videos. Quick question – if the side cut calls for a length of 17 1/2 inches, why would you recommend measuring and cutting for 18 1/2? Not sure what exactly was meant by burning down the extra inch. Thanks again.


    • Philip Adams on 7 December 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Hello Thomas,
      Burning the inch means not using the first inch of the tape/rule in order to get a more accurate measurement. IT can be hard to get an accurate starting point at the end of the measure.

  19. Abilash Subbaraman on 25 July 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Great video! Could you share how you organise your journal and what all do you write in them?

  20. Seth Terndrup on 31 October 2017 at 1:26 am

    Hello – I bought bandsawn eastern white pine (1x8x8). Is this suitable? I bought at Home Depot and the choices were “Select Pine” and “common board”. Select and Common seemed smoother than the EWP (I assume because they were planed.). The EWP is rough, I assume b/c of the bandsaw.

    Thanks – Seth

  21. jeffdustin on 25 August 2018 at 2:53 am

    Why don’t we use a saw-wall instead of a knife wall?

  22. Daniel Gautier on 12 May 2021 at 5:23 am

    Sort of new to woodworking with a purpose (as opposed to appropriate-tool bereft and knowledge-free random acts). Did repurpose a metal trellis into a bonsai stand towards beginning of pandemic but it would have had nicer metered edge boards with better tools.

    Is the clock recommended as the starting point (over the tray and coasters)?

    Also, adding a hygrometer and barometer below the clock seems like it would be interesting and the three points of focus aesthetically pleasing. Would that be compatible with the project?
    Thanks, Danny
    Location: Midwest, US

    • Izzy Berger on 10 June 2021 at 9:18 am

      Hi Daniel,

      Paul says:
      I would say that the clock is the best place to go early on. It is a skill-builder, that is for sure. Often small projects are more demanding because of the fineness index of the work. More challenging but can look simple when not.


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