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When a Tenon Snaps

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:26pm

Saturday 25th March 2017 So what do you do if a tenon snaps off when you least expect it? Such things happen, after all, and you have already invested good time in the buying and milling wood, forming tenons and even shaping the wood for its place in the whole. I have had it happen …

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Shavings of Fibonacci

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 8:25am

Though Fibonacci developed his numerical sequence to provide a formula that’s used throughout many mathematical considerations, and mathematicians may enjoy its reality in their work, it also occurs naturally in elements of nature too. The nautilus shell is an example and so too the natural numbering system appears in the arrangement of plant leaves, pinecones, pineapple cones, …

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In 2013 I Traveled the USA

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:14pm

Tuesday 21st March 2017 It’s hard to believe but in 2013, starting in January, I traveled 12 US states to demonstrate my belief that hand tool woodworking could feature a thousand percent more highly than it did if we could seriously consider what we wanted from being woodworkers. I knew from my experience living and working …

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Designing yet another piece. How it happens

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 1:24pm

Tuesday 7th March 2017 Designing yet another piece. How it happens  In most cases a design begins with perceived need. I tend to isolate my thoughts to a space in a room where I feel what I want to design will be a part of. I find that that’s a more logical place to start but …

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Breadboard Ends With Draw-bore Pins. Love ’em!

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 10:49am

I am often asked about breadboard ends on furniture. I think mostly because they do trim out flat tops and tables nicely and they also help to constrain tabletops to prevent movement such as cupping. The main issue mostly is that the width of wood expands and contracts across its width but so minimally in …

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Making ‘Snap-to-line’ Templates

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 5:17am

Wednesday 8th March 2017 Making templates Templates can be made from a variety of materials, plastic, wood, man-made boards like plywood and MDF, cardboard and more. Usually templates are relatively small, a taper for part of a leg, arches for table aprons, spoon and spatula shapes, you name it. Whereas I always do like to …

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Another Week’s Work Unfolds

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 9:01am

Friday 3rd March 2017 So, then, my week came together and I made the final drawings for the next three upcoming projects for woodworkingmasterclasses.com. They are all very different projects with two shorter video series and then the box, which is about 5-part series. One is the one on making the straightedge I mentioned recently and then I …

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Making My Straightedge

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 8:01am

Friday 10th February 2017 I made my first straightedge from oak, an offcut scrap but quarter-sawn nonetheless. That one’s still in the US somewhere. Today I use another made also from oak and yet another offcut scrap. Mostly I’ve kept them shorter than say four feet long because I have a spirit level that’s 122cm (48″) …

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Another Point of Mortise Gauges

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 9:54am

From my journal Wednesday 22nd February 2017 A question came up about the mortise gauge pins not closing up enough in some makes of mortise gauge. If, for instance, you are cutting a 3/16” mortise or tenon and your pins prevent setting less than say 1/4”. What to do? The questioner did indeed close with an …

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Keepsake or Keepsafe Box

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:00am

From my Journal Tuesday 21st February 2017 A good day thinking through the prototype, which will be a keepsake box that you can keep just about anything you want in from letters to chisels depending on what you hold dear. I finally developed the awkward corner joint and that went well enough without making it …

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Results in on Silverline Spokeshaves

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:30am

From my journal Monday 20th February 2017 Just before the weekend I picked up another spokeshave but this time it was first under £5. At first glance you would say, “This’ll work, surely.” After all, all the component parts seemed to be there. The reason I picked this one out is because someone messaged me and …

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From Lowly Can Opener to Mortise Clean-out Tool

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:30am

Wednesday 15th February 2017 I know, I should have just made one or two of these years ago. I knew exactly what I wanted but was too lazy to just make one. Fast forward and I decided to do something about it so here it is. What to call it?? Waste extractor? Chip remover? You help …

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Mortise Gauges to Look For

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 12:30am

Thursday 16th February 2017 I’ve worked on and off with marking gauges all my working life. New ones have come and gone with the generations and then, because an originator passed, a stepson or nephew took over, and the heart and the art was lost, we ended up with slop around the stem.   I have …

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Forensics in Woodworking – Links to Becoming a Woodworker

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 12:28pm

One of my most favourite woodworking series we filmed for woodworkingmasterclasses was three years ago now, I think, where I replicated a very unique and inspiring occasional table. Made from mahogany, at first glance the table might have seemed nothing of much out of the ordinary. A simple looking piece with no particular embellishments to …

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Rag-in-a-can Oiler

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:50pm

From Journal Tuesday 14th February 2017 I’ve used my rag-in-a-can oiler for over 52 years to date. It’s for adding a super-fine film of oil to my planes and saws and so far as I know it knows no equal. The trouble is it’s prompted questions that come up all too often so hopefully the …

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An Affordable Spokeshave For You

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:30am

I bought a spokeshave you can afford and one I haven’t tested out before either. I liked the look of it and Draper UK has been a long established distributor of all kinds of tools, machines and equipment here in the UK for decades and whereas their quality is generally accepted as reasonable to well made, …

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Tightening Tool for Veritas Router Plane

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 12:30am

From my Journal Tuesday 7th February 2017 I made yet another tool for my Veritas router plane this week. The design of this router is pretty much flawless, let me say that up front, but at my speaking engagement last week I forgot my thumb turn-screw to cinch up the depth limit; it’s one I made …

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Finishing the Dresser Chest

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:30am

From  my Journal Tuesday 7th February 2017 Finishing the Dresser Chest of Drawers Applying the finish for many woodworkers is often a daunting task ahead but with the right brush and technique it need not be. With the video series concluded and posted we made a finishing video for everyone to follow to conclude the …

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My Favourite Sketchbook Journals

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:30am

From Entry Monday 6th February 2017 My journal preferences I am often asked about my journals, where I get them from and so on. When I lived in the USA I began using these for two main reasons. One, the smoothness of the paper – I didn’t want texture in the paper to influence my …

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Q&A Why Two Routers? Why Two Bench Planes?

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:30am

From Entry Monday 6th February 2017 Question: First, THANK YOU! A careful inspection of the pictures reveal the following list of tools. Notebook pencil tape measure brush oil can square hammer a couple of clamps a set of chisels 2 bench planes 2 router planes 2 saws set of sharping stones I am sure you …

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