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  1. #76
    Quote Originally Posted by Stanley Covington View Post
    Thanks for confirming. I was not being critical. I was simply concerned that others might have missed these points in the flurry of comments.

    I have no doubts Mr Sellers has conducted the same test, and reached the same conclusions during his long and celebrated teaching career.

    I have not seen any of his videos except those on YouTube, but judging from those Iíve seen, he tends to keep things very simple and uses basic tools instead of specialized tools. This is an admirable approach considering his video audience, and not being a tool salesman.

    But judging by the tools displayed in the cabinets behind his stage workbench, he has very advanced tools at hand. I must assume that they are not just stage dressing, but he not only knows how to use them all, but does use them outside his teaching videos.

    Am I mistaken?
    I am no expert on Paul Sellers and never a member of his masterclasses, my understanding of his techniques or methods of work came from whatever YouTube videos I came across. So my comments about his tools and use here may not be 100% correct.

    He does use the hand router (preston?) a lot in dado or tenon work. Spokeshaves, saws, bench planes and of course chisels are used in many projects. Does he use moulding planes, rabbet planes and others in his Masterclasses? Others may chime in.

    My hand skills were formed before he became active in the digital world. But I like his exploration of traditional skills or his interpretation of traditional methods.

    I don't like a round bevel on my chisels or blades but many have become a good sharpener because of the method he promotes. No one has turned more woodworkers into freehand sharpening than he, if you ask me. 20k? Not sure if he was referring to stropping.

    Based on the YouTube videos I have seen, I can say he walks the talk and in most cases, he does not need to resort to the specialist tools seen in his background tool cabinet.

    He has the full collection of the Stanleys, but does most of planing work with a #4 or 41/2.

    He may be making a deliberate effort not to use specialist tools (hence a bench chisel for mortising) as many of his audiences may don't have any of them.


  2. Quote Originally Posted by Stanley Covington View Post
    Yes, they are. Any gold burial masks show up in the dig? Pics please.
    No gold burial masks, but there's this:


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  3. #78
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Koepke View Post
    For those who can not afford more than a single set of chisels, they can do what they want in their own shops. If they come to my shop to my tools and a mortise is to be chopped, they will only be offered one of my mortise chisels to do the job. If they want to drill it first, then a different chisel may be offered.

    Jim, could you elaborate? I'm curious as to your reasoning and suggestions.
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  4. #79
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Sanford View Post
    Jim, could you elaborate? I'm curious as to your reasoning and suggestions.
    If they wanted to chop a 1/4" mortise my mortise chisel would be used since some of my 1/4" chisels would bend or break with a heavy mallet blow. If they insisted, some of my beater chisels could hold up to the job. Most of them have handles that could cause mallet against hand epiphanies as to why a mortise chisel tends to have a larger handle.

    If most of the waste is removed first at the drill press, then all that is left is mostly paring, hence something other than a mortise chisel for the job.

    A current project includes the chopping of two dozen mortises. Multiple chisels were used, a 1/4" Narex mortise chisel, a couple swan necked/lock mortise chisels, a 3/4" Buck Brothers socket paring chisel and a 1/4" Buck Brothers tanged paring chisel. The paring chisels were used to tidy up after the mortise chisel was done. For trimming and paring the tenons a 1" Buck Brothers socket paring chisel was added.

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  5. #80
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    Jun 2010
    twomiles from the "peak of Ohio
    Put this New Haven Edge Tool Co. 1/4" chisel to use the other day..
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    Had four mortises to get done..
    Two like this..
    stile cuts.jpg
    Had to make the tenons ahead of time..
    fancy tenons.jpg
    Used these to lay the mortises out...
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    Until the cuts the time everything was ready for the glue up...
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    I had all the joints fitted...
    Used just that one mortise chisel to chop out the holes with. A wide chisel was used to pare trouble spots for a better fit.

    Radio was making more noise than I was......

  6. #81
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    May 2016
    Northeast PA
    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Hennebury View Post

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    If you want to do the best work in the most efficient way get yourself a mortise machine and learn how to set it up and use it, them get on with making furniture.

    Unless of course you prefer to waffle on about how talented you are.
    Ummmm, perhaps you’re lost. This is the hand tool forum....
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  7. #82
    ... so true and so funny!

    Regards from Perth


  8. #83
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    Jul 2007
    Inkerman, Ontario, Canada
    I apologize for my rudeness.
    Last edited by Mark Hennebury; 03-24-2018 at 10:23 AM.

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