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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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The More I Give…

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:17am

From Journal  Entry Saturday 4th February 2017 …the More I Receive Through the years I have been engaged in training new-genre woodworkers from all backgrounds and I find myself ever-learning that communication is more about listening than whatever I might say. Mostly it’s something I’ve learnt from working with my wood and especially that using my hand …

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My Encounter With Future Woodworking

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 1:26am

I’ve learned many things through my encounters with woodworkers through the decades. Amateurs have many characteristics the more notable is their willingness to talk about their aspirations to improve their skill levels and their knowledge and then their willingness to share their gain with others whether likeminded or perhaps just interested but more remotely. So I listen …

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Final Finish a Dresser Coated

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 5:39am

This week I finally applied the closing coats of finish to my three-drawer chest. It’s quite a long process taking it from the early design stage through prototyping. It’s important that the final piece fits the plan and on a larger project like this one, one with many hidden complexities, that all the bugs are worked through. …

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Squaring Up to the Boss

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:54am

Well, anyway, I saw the square standing in the corner of my final drawer of my dresser-cum-chester-draw build as I had left it and remembered George, my old apprenticing mentor from 1965, who did the same thing. I had noticed every so often he’d leave a square on the internal corner of drawer just so …

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Sharpening Router Cutters By Hand—Simple Works Best

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 9:50am

I like simple, unfancy, non-invasive sharpening methods as most of you reading my blog and watching my videos will know. Simple things, simple systems that are not at all simplistic but work effectively and efficiently. So I strive to find them—not just for me but for you too. A question about router cutters and how to …

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Intern Woodworking—On We Go!

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:36pm

Hannah comes in to learn woodworking with me It’s been a year since I move house and home, workshop, studio and woodworking school too, so I make no apologies for not having in-house training going on for a while. Hannah comes in to work with me now. She’s keen on woodworking of course and wants to pursue …

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Large Breadboard Worth a Brag

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 11:19am

Back in 2007 I saw a breadboard platter in the Penrhyn Castle kitchens that really grabbed y attention for a few reasons. At first glance the breadboard might have been mistaken for, well, just a breadboard, but twin tenons through the breadboard end fascinated me because back in my apprenticeship we made some sycamore draining …

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Dealing With the Flakes in Woodworking

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 1:21pm

So you dinged a corner or some wood flaked off. If it’s cherry flake is quite common, in maple much less so and oak it can be ultra common for such things because of the medullary rays. It happened on my current cherry dresser-build when I didn’t need it. Not quite during filming but near to. …

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