Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Monday, 30 March 2020
Jim sent me these pictures of his olive ash stool made on my course last weekend. It's had three coats of finishing oil which ahs really brought the grain alive.
There were lots of angles and curves in this project which adds interest to the design.
Saturday, 28 March 2020
Saturday, 14 March 2020
I've been very much looking forward to the arrival of my new Gentleman Jaq dovetail saw it didn't disappoint.
It's extremely comfortable and has a really nice weight in the hand. The detailing is amazing, much better than my photography!
This is the last of my Honduran Rosewood which matches my dual kerf starter.
Shane reacted badly to this rosewood, one of the possible hazards of the job.
Wednesday, 11 March 2020
The Alan Peters award is being organised by Jeremy Broun and is open to any amateur woodworker resident in the UK and over the age of 18. Up to two pieces per person may be entered and they will be judged on the appropriate use of wood, quality of workmanship, functionality and originality of design.
Entries must be submitted by 30th May 2020 (£20 fee per item) with judging being done on 29th June 2020.
First prize £1,000, second prize £500 and third prize £300. For full details please see link below.
Saturday, 22 February 2020
A new saw arrived from Shane Skelton last week which, as usual, is a beauty.
The beautiful Honduras rosewood handle looks and feels great.
It's a very specific saw with a pair of fixed blades and is designed to cut two kerfs which enables perfectly sized dovetail pins to be achieved. The spacing is quite small which is ideal for small to medium sized boxes. A larger pin, say for large chests, can be achieved easily be made by moving the saw along one cut and creating three kerfs.
The idea of a kerf starter is nothing new with various types, both commercial and homemade in use.
Run up against a square (the teeth have no set) it creates two square and evenly spaced kerfs. These are great if cutting dovetails freehand as well as with my magnetic dovetail guides.
Here are the cuts which have gone down about 1 mm.
And here is the result, identically sized pins straight from the saw.
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
I spotted this beautiful Wadkin two ended disc sander on E Bay and was sorely tempted, they don't make them like this any more! It's in Bury St Edmunds and obviously needs to be picked up, the E Bay link is below.