1. Just awesome! How many of you ever watched an episode of New Yankee Workshop and just knew that you could make what Norm made. You would need a three car garage full of machines you could not afford to make what he made. Not to take anything from Norm. He’s the reason I learned to love wood. If I had these videos a few months ago it would be clocks for everyone for Xmas. I learned that screw trick at the school in New York and it works great. Bring on the rocking chair. I’m sooo psyched.

    1. I used to watch Norm and drool over the tools. I would dream of all the projects I could build if only I had Norms workshop. In retrospect it was very damaging to my creativity to think that I had to wait so that I could save enough money to purchase a lathe, band saw, tablesaw etc. before I could build anything. In effect I was waiting for tools instead of building projects. Meanwhile an old back saw hung rusting in the garage not too far from a decent crosscut and rip saw also rusting until the day some woodworker from Wales taught me to sharpen them and appreciate the feel of cutting wood by hand. My table saw has become a workbench and I am thinking of selling it.

  2. Another fine Video working with Hand Tools only, I love it. And that screw block will be in my arsenal very soon since I don’t have a beading tool. Paul keep up the good work I have really enjoyed these very much. I would like to make a chair one day myself but I am not there yet with my confidence using Hand Tools only.


  3. Hi, im not able to watch the “video numbre 6”, i do not know what is the problem.
    It is the only video that i can not see.

    i see this message in the screen “Whoa, looks like you tried to access content that is not available to you”

    I already sent 6 messages with you contact form 1 week ago, and i hace no answer!!!

  4. I’m really excited to tackle this project. It will be my first woodworking project (of any kind really) and I intend to follow along all the classes. As a software engineer, I can really appreciate the hard work that goes into content like this. Thank you Paul and Joseph (and any others I’m not aware of at this point). You’ve got something truly special here…

    I do have one question though: What ‘kind’ of screw is used for the beading tool. I know there are dozens of different flat head screw styles (drywall, decking, anodized, etc). Since Paul talks about the ‘bevel’ on the backside of the screw I want to make sure I’m using the right part. Paul also mentions that the tool will last a long time, ‘just grind it down again’. Does the initial screw require any grinding to sharpen it?

  5. Thank you so much for these videos and this site. I am a complete newbie and love the fact that you use no machines as far as I can tell. I stumbled onto this site and am thrilled to learn how to do everything “old school”. I cannot wait to get started! Also, it doesn’t hurt that your accent is very much like a dear uncle of mine who is not longer with us.

  6. I know this is an old post but I just wanted to request a special short series on “poor-mans” tools. I find it astonishing that with simple around the shop sundries a perfectly functional tool can be made.
    BTW the Shakers wouldn’t have used such a modern contraption as a #4. They wood have used a self made wooden smoother.

  7. I have been waiting in great anticipation on how the beads on the front of the clock were done. I’ve been watching and thinking about how the plow plane (since I bought one) would be used and the technique for getting that really nice decorative affect. A WOOD SCREW… How ingenious! I was so shocked. So much so that I went right out to the shop to make one. It works! I’m having a ball.

  8. Hi

    I’ve been trying to purchase this project but it’s not working attempted with Safari,chrome, Firefox and Internet explorer. I’ve sent a couple of emails but haven’t received a response about the issue. But I did get an email today saying I had access to ep 4.

    If someone could please help it would be greatly appreciated



  9. Thanks again Paul. I’ve been rounding over with a plane ever since I saw you do to make dovetail boxes. I make a lot of little boxes and always round over the tops and bottoms with a plane. Also I use a plane to raised panels. I also use the screw trick to make mortis for hinges and beads, all this I learned from you thank you so much.

  10. Thanks very much Paul. I’m working on my very first piece of furniture, a childs settee to use along the dinner table. And I am learning so much of your work and the years of experience you show.

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