Almost every husband has this conversation at some point during their marriage:
Wife: “I want this ________, for the house. It costs $265.”
Husband: “That’s ridiculous! I could build that for half the price!”
The reality is, it always ends up costing twice as much. This is top secret guy stuff. We’re pre-approved to buy new tools and the wife gets the mental satisfaction of being right about the cost, plus gets the item she wanted.
You know how it goes. I was doing some “research” on YouTube, lost track of time, and fell down the rabbit hole of endless videos.
That’s how I stumbled across Paul Sellers.
I was spellbound. I couldn’t get enough. Over the next several weeks, my evenings and weekends were spent watching some British guy turn planks of wood into beautiful furniture.
As a kid, I was a huge fan of Roy Underhill. I would rush home after school to watch The Woodwright’s Shop on PBS. Watching Paul’s videos brought back all those memories.
I bought a few tools and set out to build the most basic project I could find: a wall clock.
I made a second wall clock, and then another. I built a workbench. And a console table.
That console table is my pride and joy. Every time I walk by, it gives me a sense of satisfaction knowing that every single inch was crafted by my own two hands.
And I owe it all to Paul Sellers.
Paul, if you’re reading this: thank you. Thank you for being an inspirational teacher. Thank you for focusing on the methods, rather than trying to sell me a bunch of sponsored tools.
And most importantly, thank you for convincing me that I could do it.