The results of two days hard dovetailing, four very nicely made, dead accurate dovetail alignment boards. We started with lots of practice cuts, followed by a couple of demanding practice joints before moving onto the alignment boards. The lovely quarter sawn oak proved to be very tough and quite brittle, adding an extra challenge to the work. A very enjoyable course and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Saturday, 13 October 2018
Good vision is essential in cutting fine dovetails. Here Simon has a bright lamp as well as borrowing my Opti Visor for a bit of extra magnification.
Good technique from Clinton chopping out the waste on the tails.
A pair of fine practice joints.
The brass face of a cutting gauge can create a lot of friction, things run much more smoothly with a lignum vitae face. Sharpening the cutters also helps!
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
A rare Norris A7 pre war shoulder plane.
An even rarer Robert Towell brass and steel mitre plane.
A nice Mathieson small shoulder plane
An early rare Norris A48
Tuesday, 2 October 2018
I'm letting a few more planes go. First is this lovely little smoother by Konrad Sauer. All steel dovetailed construction offsets the stunning black and white ebony.
A larger Bill Carter mitre plane in dovetailed bronze with a burr boxwood infill. Super tight mouth and a great user.
A rare Norris No5 smoother, the non adjustable model from the 1920/1030's.
And finally below, a full sized and very heavy Norris A51 which would make a superb user with a very tight mouth.
Thursday, 27 September 2018
The November edition of Furniture and Cabinetmaking is out now with an article on the walnut cabinet I made earlier in the year.
The exploded drawings by Simon are superb as usual and come with accurate dimensions.
The walnut was very special, coming from the workshop of the late great Alan Peters.
Derek Jones, the editor, wrote a nice article on a double dovetail, suitable for joining boards end to end.
The regular 'Under the hammer' feature is always interesting and this month featured some fine 20th C furniture at prices to match!
Superb wooden plane maker Terry Gordon, discusses in detail the effect of different hand planning angles.
And to finish a nice article on Richard Arnolds open house event this year in aid of the charity McMillan Cancer. An impressive £7,100 was raised and I'm sure a great day was had by all who attended.
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Stuart, a friend of mine, sent me these pictures of his two retro fitted Bench Crafted vices. He is very pleased with the effortless operation of the glide vice above as well as the criss cross mechanism which automatically adjust to the work. He has left at least 12" clear down to the screw which increases the capacity of the vice without diminishing the holding power.
Stuart has permanently installed his Moxon vice in the bench and fitted a quick release cover which prevents bruised thighs or worse!!
His intriguing long shooting board has an adjustable side fence which can be used for making identical parts with perfect straight edges.
The plane shown in the picture is a rare antique Lancashire pattern plane. With it's heavily skewed blade it is ideal for end grain shooting.
And here is his mitre shooting board with an adjustable fence for a full range of angles. This would be great for picture frames.