LIVE Q\u0026A - Listening to the tools | Paul Sellers


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robin alexander
robin alexander 2 months ago

Hi Paul, I noticed that you took a drink from a mason jar, is this a habit you developed in Texas. Not that I think this is wrong or anything, but strange that's all, considering you are in England. I drink apple pie from a mason, because it feels right to do so. stupid question no 1.

Cole Jeter
Cole Jeter 2 months ago

Fantastic introduction Paul thank you !

saschafuchs 2 months ago

I love your advices aside from woodworking.

Michael N
Michael N 2 months ago

Great stuff but SO MANY ADS!

Ben Fisher
Ben Fisher 2 months ago

I loooooove the harmonica stuff. So cool! And useful.

Metalbass10000 2 months ago

Most drills do create a hole slightly oversize. Make sure your drill tip is ground accurately, because if the chisel point is not centered the drill will run out and will create an oversized hole. Thinning the web also helps, and make sure that both of your edges are cut at the same angle and the same length. Grinding a slight 45° angle at the outer margins of the cutting edges of the drill can also help steer the drill centered but the 45s should be ground accurately and evenly. I definitely would recommend spotting your holes before you drill them. I found Brad point drills to work quite well in many species of wood and I work with a lot of very hard, resonant, hardwoods

Metalbass10000 2 months ago

The sounds of a tool in the workpiece, in machining metals, is the MOST informative reaction of the tool, workpiece, fixturing (work holding), and machine. Loud harmonics, resonances, are almost always indicating a problem, and can be potentially resolved by numerous changes, some are small tweaks, some are more significant issues, and some are resolved by changes in geometry, material, or the physics of the interface between the tool and workpiece. I am finding, now that I am back working with woods (many domestic and exotic hardwoods, often figured hardwoods, and often very resonant hardwoods) I'm finding many of the same principles apply.

Michael Kelton
Michael Kelton 2 months ago

paul, mike kelton from manchester tennessee what type files do i get for sharpening saws, thank you, i love your programs!!!

FirstName LastName
FirstName LastName 2 months ago

In regard to spokeshaves, I think that once everything is working then the brand doesn't matter.
I have a £5 Silverline spokeshave from Amazon, and a vintage Stanley, and I really can't tell the difference between them now. Once you flatten the surfaces, and sharpen the blade, they should all work pretty much the same. Except for maybe the size of the mouth, but even that you can probably change by filing the mouth or the bed to slightly change the angle of the blade.
I did a lot of tweaking and filing to the Silverline when I got it first and it made it much better.
Then a few weeks later I got the Stanley from ebay expecting it to be infinitely better again, because it was Stanley, and because it was vintage. So I cleaned it up a little, and it was worse than the Silverline. It felt rough and had a lot of chatter. So I went at it again, and flattened the bed and the sole and now I can't tell the difference between the two.
A spokeshave is basically just a piece of metal and a blade so might be up to you to make it flat and smooth.

GBDGhotbear 2 months ago

Paul, thank you for making the video's. I enjoy watching them. I been a woodworker for 40 years here in the U.S. . like you , I love using hand tools over power tools. There was a question about using corrugated woodplanes over smooth woodplanes. I have never used corrugated plane's. I have a few that were made in the early 1900s by stanley and sargent. My thoughts on this was the same as your's. Wood shavings getting cought in the grooves. I thought about tuning my #7C Stanley and using it. After watching this show reaffirmed that i should not use it. Thanks again for a great show.

David 2 months ago

Greetings from Texas! Thank you for being such a wonderful mentor to all of us. Even though we may never have the privilege to meet you face to face, you have become a treasured friend to so many. Your demeanor is soothing.

fletch lives
fletch lives 2 months ago

Why will none of the woodworking channels on YouTube show how to cut dovetails in plywood by hand. Its like everyone is scared of it.

Eric Bittner
Eric Bittner 2 months ago

This is precisely how a bowed instrument works.

Sean Joseph
Sean Joseph 2 months ago

Academia is overrated.

Sean Joseph
Sean Joseph 2 months ago

A jar of gin or vodka, always takes the edge off...

pasi ronn
pasi ronn 2 months ago

Paul is Gandalf of woodworking !

Kun Lee
Kun Lee 2 months ago

Thanks paul. You just helped me avoid a lot of frustration on this video.

Sila Taungahihifo
Sila Taungahihifo 2 months ago

Question- Why is there a groove in the circular saw?

Scott Irwin
Scott Irwin 2 months ago

Thank you. I’m new to woodworking and greatly appreciate the knowledge you give. I had purchased a $20 plane, spent hours attempting to initialize. Happened across a garage sale with a gem, I believe it to be a Stanley No. 5 from the late 1940’s to the early 60’s. I may have spent nearly as much time to initialize but the result in comparison is amazing. I also purchased a Lie-Nielsen large router plane, looking forward to that but I’m not quite to that part of the work bench yet. Thanks again!

Jason Kearins
Jason Kearins 2 months ago

is the art of sizing wood all down to Practice?

Lee Cudmore
Lee Cudmore 2 months ago

"I used to do this with children.,,,
Take a plane, run it across the surface,
And wait for the squeal"

Hahaha, that was funny

mouhammed farag
mouhammed farag 2 months ago

eilaj aleuqdat alkhabithuh ally fi alkhashab alsuwid azay

Three Towers
Three Towers 2 months ago

the questions about the plane blade moving- i think it has also to do a little in part with slop on the adjustment screw of what i'm assuming is a cheaper plane like the one i use. When retracting the blade i always turn the screw back to extending it only by a little, that way the blade is registering with the adjustment lever and nothing seems to shift after that.

Wunderflug Von Tinkelstein

I've been barely a mediocre woodworker (and thusly, not very interested) for decades. I stumbled upon one of your videos a few weeks ago, and I want to thank you for the clarity you've given me. Not only have I discovered a new joy, I've been able to build and repair several things around my house to make my life easier.

Now I just need to get control of my tool lust...

Gregory Westmoreland
Gregory Westmoreland 2 months ago

I enjoyed this Q&A video. One take away for me is that my dovetail saw may need sharpening.

mouhammed farag
mouhammed farag 2 months ago

eilaj aleuqdat alkhabithuh ally fi alkhashab alsuwid azay

mouhammed farag
mouhammed farag 2 months ago

eilaj aleuqdat alkhabithuh ally fi alkhashab alsuwid azay

Sober living with Brian Franklin

I would love to know what kind of router plane that is hanging behind u

Craig Bartlett
Craig Bartlett 2 months ago

Thank you Mr Sellers.

Richard Girou
Richard Girou 2 months ago

What type and size file do you use to sharpen tenon, dovetail and back saws?

sara muenchausen
sara muenchausen 2 months ago

I have learned SO much from your channel, You are an Absolutely amazing craftsman. You truly are THE wood wisperer

KingFisher Copy
KingFisher Copy 2 months ago

What are the minimum tools and materials I can obtain for a keen 4yo to do something with wood at the table?

Stephen S
Stephen S 2 months ago

What was the vice at 53:29. Cannot find 'Vice 898/3' anywhere.

Jeffrey Dustin
Jeffrey Dustin 2 months ago


philip swan
philip swan 2 months ago

I enjoyed watching that, thanks Paul

ian kelly
ian kelly 2 months ago

Great Q and A again.would love autobiographical book on your woodworking journey

KVG 2 months ago

Paul, your channel consists of teaching woodworking, life lessons and for me it's also a entertainment show. Thanks for the hours and hours of programs you have provided us with and what we can learn from the content. Long live the king of woodworking!

Robert Brownhill
Robert Brownhill 2 months ago

harmonics, same principle as rubbing a finger on wine glass rim, resistance causes friction causes vibration causes harmonic souds, introduce oil, grease loss of friction loss of harmonics

Jonas Daverio
Jonas Daverio 2 months ago

That phenomenon causing this awful noise is called stick-slip :
I've got a friend PhD in Mechanical Engineering and that was one of the things he designed experiments and simulation for.

Erlix Erlix
Erlix Erlix 2 months ago

What an absolutely awful headmaster you must have had! A headmaster or teacher must never ever tell a kid or his/hers parents what the kid cannot do. You always focus on what they are good at and keep encouraging the positive things they are doing.

In reality you really don't know what a person can or cannot do but if you manage to put into someones head that there is something he/she cannot do they will never try.

MucaroBoricua 2 months ago

I have huge gut senses.

MucaroBoricua 2 months ago

Paul's explanation at 4:26 is brilliant.

Dave Pawson
Dave Pawson 2 months ago

Harmonics? Surely resonance - which may / may not have harmonics.

terrulian 2 months ago

I checked the teeth on a 100 year old Disston rip saw and I noticed that the they are not level. There is a slight bulge or arc in the middle. Wear would seem to produce the opposite. A local saw sharpening master said that this is called "crown" and rip saws had this design until about 1950, and this was better. Your thoughts?

Richard Singer
Richard Singer 2 months ago

It’s so true what you say about only really needing a no 4 and maybe a number 5 or 5 1/2. Over the years I’ve acquired most of the bench planes from 3 to 8, but time and again I gravitate to my favourite no4, no 5 and no 5 1/2. They do everything I need, including stock preparation. I like having the others, but they are only occasionally used - I can’t justify their existence really. Nevertheless I’m not ready part with them just yet!

Richard Power
Richard Power 2 months ago

Hi Paul. I have a love of wood and I also play the violin. The similarities are so alike. Too much resin will cause the same affect. Thank you for all the information and help . Richard Power

Jim Carter
Jim Carter 2 months ago

Paul hits another home run, bases loaded.


Paul can you do a video to make shellac and what brand and where to bey please ! Thx

Cadwaladr 2 months ago

38" high bench is interesting. I usually see people make theirs much shorter. I'm fairly tall (6'1") and I made my bench 36", now I'm wondering how tall Paul is. If I'd made my bench height the way Chris Schwarz recommends, it'd only be about 32", which I don't think I would like.

theeddorian 2 months ago

Yep, we're here.

Gareth Heverin
Gareth Heverin 2 months ago

Hi Paul, I just want to say, I enjoy your videos and I tend to learn quite a bit sometimes to my surprise! You remind me of my late dad, I wish he could see how far along my carpentry has come in the last 11 years!

Cheers for putting our enjoyable, entertaining, educational content :)

D Robb
D Robb 2 months ago

Heck of a guy Paul is ;^)

ChadHenwwod's Chainsaw's, woodworking boatracing

if you had i vice like you can get rid of the vibration

ChadHenwwod's Chainsaw's, woodworking boatracing

no wax on the plane maybe???

Tom Broome
Tom Broome 2 months ago


markgallicano 2 months ago

I may sound a little selfish when I say Don't retire

Glen Pickard
Glen Pickard 2 months ago

From Glen in Texas. I have a hearing problem. I wear hearing aids in both ears. Government issue due time loss in the military. So, on setting my plane, …… do you have a different plan for folks like me?



Keith Staton
Keith Staton 2 months ago

Always a joy
Mr. Maeostro Paul.

Furnacehousefarm 2 months ago

What are the typical sounds of a smoothing plane that could do with a sharpen? A higher pitched "hiss" is replaced with a coarser tone?

Ian Lockwood
Ian Lockwood 2 months ago

thanks Paul

Thomas Russell
Thomas Russell 2 months ago

Lots of repeated yet unanswered questions.
Paul, could you do a short video answering the questions that flew past your screen before you could get to them, please? There were some good ones in there that I would also like to hear your amswers to.

macadamia9 2 months ago

I was born in July 1966... You have been woodworking longer than I have been alive! Thank you again for all you do for your audience. I've learned so much and I'm just starting out at 53!

Francois Lafaix
Francois Lafaix 2 months ago

Hi Paul, great Q&A session as usual! I'd be interested in a Q&A session on bandsaws (blade selection, fixing issues, tips for resawing, veneer making, safety, etc.), even addressing why it's such a versatile tool given that table saws seem more common.

Gary Gibbons
Gary Gibbons 2 months ago

Really from either direction the harmonics are created. The only difference is the frequency of the vibration and whether it's detectable to the human ear. Restricting the fibers in the vice sets up a frequency change, but doesn't eliminate it; rather, it changes which side of the compressed fibers has a greater frequency of vibration. Even with a lubricant, the act of moving the plane against the end-grain of the wood creates a vibration of some frequency. If it did not, you wouldn't hear the two interacting items (metal on wood grain), which we've come to associate as a pleasant - or at least tolerable - scraping or "whooshing" sound. The higher-pitched the "squeal", the greater the frequency of vibration.
I'd also bet that if you raised the wood up higher in the vice, the frequency of pitch (pun intended) would be lower, but still annoying!

TomKaren94 2 months ago

Sam fro Surrey ask "Can you hear when a saw is too dull?"  Yes - but you fall asleep while using it.

Erik The Viking
Erik The Viking 2 months ago

Great video! As an engineer, it's great to see how physics comes into woodworking.

Paul Boegel
Paul Boegel 2 months ago

Almost all the problems people have cutting either with a tablesaw or handsaw have to do with asking the tool to cut faster than it is able. A dull blade will not cut faster if you push a bit more but it WILL kickback and hurt you. Sharp tools rule and make happy tools.

Paul Boegel
Paul Boegel 2 months ago

Listening to tools is something I have been teaching to the young magician I am mentoring and allowing to use my shop in exchange for cleanup and helping hands when I have a large wood purchase to do. Especially in power tools this becomes VERY important because asking a power tool to work harder than it is able will undoubtedly create problem and safety issues. Excellent vid.

Starr Woodworks
Starr Woodworks 2 months ago

Gosh that harmonics bit was fascinating!! Thank you for demonstrating 😖🤯🤗

Paul Boegel
Paul Boegel 2 months ago

We are here, we are here, we are here

Blog das Madeiras
Blog das Madeiras 2 months ago

Hi there from Portugal,
Nice Q&A.
Obrigado(Thanks) Master Paul :)

Andy Reynolds
Andy Reynolds 2 months ago

I've always known that squealing is related to clamping, but you've made me think more deeply about it Paul. I'm not sure it's about harmonics (which are frequency multiples caused by distortion) but rather the natural frequency of vibration of the workpiece, which depends on stiffness, which depends on how it is clamped. I think squealing occurs when the thing that causes the vibration - friction, like with a violin bow - is made worse by the vibration it is causing. A vicious circle. When you are planing far from the vice, the wood is flexible and it is easy to start this vicious circle of vibration. So if you plane towards the vice, you get the squealing started and it continues through the stroke. But when you plane away from the vice, you are starting at a point where the wood is tightly held so the vibration doesn't have chance to get going. If this is correct, then we should plane endgrain away from the vice for a better finish (or use a shooting board, which stops the job from vibrating). Or deal with the friction as you have shown with the oil.

Brian McConnon
Brian McConnon 2 months ago


xoxo2008oxox 2 months ago

Paul, do you recommend any great books on dovetailing?

B Haygood
B Haygood 2 months ago

And we are here

MadofaA 2 months ago

A squealing plane. A plane who's a police informant.

John Barnes
John Barnes 2 months ago

You are there