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Glue Ups & Grain Direction

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 9:54am
Glue Ups & Grain Direction

Gluing up can be a frantic time.
And if you’re like me, it’ll be messy too.

But how much should we be planning ahead, before we get it all stuck together?

When we glued up the top for our Hall Table build, we received a few questions on this topic.

They were good queries, pondering over grain direction and alternating growth rings.

So I thought we’d cover this in a little bit of detail.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

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Drill Bits For Hand Drills

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 8:35am
Drill Bits For Hand Drills

I’m always whinging about something.
So the thing this blog is good for is that someone always has an answer.
And it shuts me straight up.

When I was moaning about drill bits in the marking knife post, we got plenty of suggestions for bits that you find overcome my problem.

You weren’t wrong.

We got together all the drill bits that we could from your input, and I put them to the test.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

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Gappy Joints, For Speed & Strength

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 9:37am
Gappy Joints, For Speed & Strength

Good chairs stay together forever if the chair maker understands what wood does.

They know it will move, and use this to their advantage.

Bone dry legs going into a slightly wetter seat.
The seat drys over time, the legs take on a tad of moisture and everything stays tight.

A good furniture maker knows that he was born cock-eyed for a reason.

 

Trust out of square.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

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Dead Expensive Dovetail Saws…

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:45am
Dead Expensive Dovetail Saws…

… and why you need one.

Most of you will know that the vast majority of my tools are what I would call good quality ‘workman like’ tools.

I have a few modern posh things, but they’re not in daily use.
It’s nothing against them, but my old friends are like comfy old work boots. They let in a bit of water, but I just avoid the deep puddles.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

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Efficiency In Marking

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:58am
Efficiency In Marking

I’ve said it many times (though I’m sure I’m on the wrong page).

I believe that hand tools are the most efficient set up for the individual maker.

And not just the hobbiest.
If you’re building one-off pieces for clients then hand tools are still where it’s at.
Most that would disagree lack a thorough knowledge of using hand tools.

I have various reasons, and many exceptions.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

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Efficiency In Marking

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:58am
Efficiency In Marking

I’ve said it many times (though I’m sure I’m on the wrong page).

I believe that hand tools are the most efficient set up for the individual maker.

And not just the hobbiest.
If you’re building one-off pieces for clients then hand tools are still where it’s at.
Most that would disagree lack a thorough knowledge of using hand tools.

I have various reasons, and many exceptions.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

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Workshop Floor From Scaffold Boards

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 7:54am
Workshop Floor From Scaffold Boards

I came in to furniture making as a very young man.
Basically I started at the bottom of the food chain.

As a result I didn’t get to start with perfect.

My workshops have been a constant slow evolution.

There have been many, from sheds to simply outside, right up to industrial units.
As long as I had my bag of tools I made them work.

The good thing about this I suppose, is the experience gained.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

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Workshop Floor From Scaffold Boards

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 7:54am
Workshop Floor From Scaffold Boards

I came in to furniture making as a very young man.
Basically I started at the bottom of the food chain.

As a result I didn’t get to start with perfect.

My workshops have been a constant slow evolution.

There have been many, from sheds to simply outside, right up to industrial units.
As long as I had my bag of tools I made them work.

The good thing about this I suppose, is the experience gained.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

Categories: Hand Tools

Scruffy Dovetails – Richard Rants (Video)

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 9:36am
Scruffy Dovetails – Richard Rants (Video)

This is a short extract from our Hall Table Build.

For the context – read below.

I was in the process of cutting tenons, and at this point deliberately aiming at a joint that was too tight.
We would then show the process of truing the fit.

Not to sound obnoxious, but I came in to a problem.
I couldn’t cut a joint wrong.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

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Scruffy Dovetails – Richard Rants (Video)

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 9:36am
Scruffy Dovetails – Richard Rants (Video)

This is a short extract from our Hall Table Build.

For the context – read below.

I was in the process of cutting tenons, and at this point deliberately aiming at a joint that was too tight.
We would then show the process of truing the fit.

Not to sound obnoxious, but I came in to a problem.
I couldn’t cut a joint wrong.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

Categories: Hand Tools

Hazard A Guess – Evolve Your Skills

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:03am
Hazard A Guess – Evolve Your Skills

If you’ve seen anything from us then you’ll know it’s not exactly text book stuff.

Our approach comes from a heap of passed down knowledge finely blended with many hours of doing at the bench.

Then there’s the dash of weirdness that my mind adds in.

I like to understand stuff. How it works.
I’m obsessive like that.

But it’s a simpleton’s way of thinking.

I don’t pore over books or know fancy words.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

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Hazard A Guess – Evolve Your Skills

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:03am
Hazard A Guess – Evolve Your Skills

If you’ve seen anything from us then you’ll know it’s not exactly text book stuff.

Our approach comes from a heap of passed down knowledge finely blended with many hours of doing at the bench.

Then there’s the dash of weirdness that my mind adds in.

I like to understand stuff. How it works.
I’m obsessive like that.

But it’s a simpleton’s way of thinking.

I don’t pour over books or know fancy words.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

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Sharpening Narrow Chisels (the Problem & Solution)

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:48am
Sharpening Narrow Chisels (the Problem & Solution)

A video version of this post has been added to our sharpening series.
All ‘Get Sharp’ customers can LOGIN to watch now.
Or You can Learn More about the Series here.

We’ve all done it.

Turned a smashing chisel into a left-handed skew.

Getting a 90 degree edge on narrow chisels can be troublesome.
Particularly if you’re free handing the job.

So I thought I’d give you a couple of tips that may help with sharpening narrow chisels squarely, (ish) freehand….

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

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Sharpening Narrow Chisels (the Problem & Solution)

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:48am
Sharpening Narrow Chisels (the Problem & Solution)

A video version of this post has been added to our sharpening series.
All ‘Get Sharp’ customers can LOGIN to watch now.
Or You can Learn More about the Series here.

We’ve all done it.

Turned a smashing chisel into a left-handed skew.

Getting a 90 degree edge on narrow chisels can be troublesome.
Particularly if you’re free handing the job.

So I thought I’d give you a couple of tips that may help with sharpening narrow chisels squarely, (ish) freehand….

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

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Build A Hall Table – NEW Video Series

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 8:32am
Build A Hall Table – NEW Video Series

Our latest video series is the build of a classic Hall Table
As you’ll expect, we build the whole piece with basic hand tools.

That’s apart from an optional approach that we cover at the prepping stage; this is the first time that I use my bandsaw.
(We cover the same bit of prepping with hand tools, in case you don’t have one).

Edit: The Series is now Running!

We’ll be adding more details of the Series over the coming weeks.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

Categories: Hand Tools

Build A Hall Table – NEW Video Series

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 8:32am
Build A Hall Table – NEW Video Series

Our latest video series is the build of a classic Hall Table.

As you’ll expect, we build the whole piece with basic hand tools.

That’s apart from an optional approach that we cover at the prepping stage; this is the first time that I use my bandsaw.
(We cover the same bit of prepping with hand tools, in case you don’t have one).

The Series is now available to Pre-Order!

We’ll be adding more details of the Series over the coming weeks.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

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Tools That Need No Box

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 5:32am
Tools That Need No Box

I don’t know if this is just me.

Whenever I have a jolly good tidy up, I find there’s the same old handful of tools, and odds and sods that I don’t bother to put away.

This is because if I put them away, I’d get them straight back out… again.

Off the top of my head, these are things like my trusty Stanley No. 5 with an iron or two.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

Categories: Hand Tools

Tools That Need No Box

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 5:32am
Tools That Need No Box

I don’t know if this is just me.

Whenever I have a jolly good tidy up, I find there’s the same old handful of tools, and odds and sods that I don’t bother to put away.

This is because if I put them away, I’d get them straight back out… again.

Off the top of my head, these are things like my trusty Stanley No. 5 with an iron or two.

Continue reading at The English Woodworker.

Categories: Hand Tools