Monday, 11 November 2019

The North of England Woodworking Show This Weekend

The North of England Woodworking Show is coming this weekend Friday 15th to Sunday 17th in Harrogate. It's the biggest show of its kind in the UK and I'll be there demonstrating my magnetic dovetail guides over the three days. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, 9 November 2019

HNT Gordon Spoke Shaves and Shoulder Plane

A friend of mine is on a trip to Australia and paid a visit to Terry Gordon the owner of HNT Gordon who gave him a workshop tour, lucky man!

He came away with a 1/2" shoulder plane, a surprising useful little tool as well as a pair of wonderful spoke shaves in ringed gidgee. These shaves, with their high angle and tight mouth, are the best on the market and will handle figured woods and reversing grain with ease. They can only be bought direct from Terry in Australia but are well worth the wait.

Friday, 1 November 2019

Piston Fit Drawer Course at UTC College Finished.

I spent 3 days this week teaching a piston fit drawer course at the wonderful UTC College in London's old docklands.
The course was being run by Derek Jones (Low Fat Roubo) as part of a 2 week woodworking program including lectures a show and various other classes including a couple by the ever active Chris Schwarz.

This was the little project featuring 52 hand cut dovetails and 6 tapered through wedged tenons.

Andrew at work using a hefty Moxon vice. Andrew makes chairs professionally and you can see some of his lovely creations here

Graeme cutting dovetails using my 1:5 magnetic dovetail guide.

Jim worked carefully and as you'd expect for an engineer his work was immaculate.

Clinton using calpiers for perfect dovetail spacing, wearing an Opti Visor which was invaluable to him for this fine work

Martin is a seasoned dovetailer and it showed with his speed and accuracy

Geoffrey, the college principal, did very well and was obviously proud of his progress.

Martin had the job done By lunchtime on the last day, no mean achievement!

A happy and relived bunch at the end of the course.

Saturday, 12 October 2019


With Derek Jones leaving the magazine the big bosses at GMC have decided to change it's direction and format. It has more pages, less advertising and higher price tag and will only be printed every 8 weeks. The matt finish gives it an up market feel and it's much more of a coffee table magazine.
Much of the content is beyond the scope of a home workshop to produce, but interesting none the less. It's sure to divide opinion but I suppose only time will tell if it's a good move.

My article is very nicely laid out but they have decided omit the exploded drawings giving all the dimensions, which is a shame for those who would like to have a go at making the project.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Course Dates for Early Next Year Now Available on my Website

I have a couple of new courses for the New Year, this small stool features six wedged tenon joints and lots of hand work. It's a fairly challenging piece and the course is on the 21st - 22nd March 2020, cost £230 including vat and all materials.
Full details of all courses on my website
These courses can book up quite quickly so if you are interested in any please contact me sooner rather than later.

The next is this dovetailed box with a tilt top lid, I've done this course a number of times at West Dean College. It's another fairly challenging project and would suit those who have had some dovetailing experience. The interior has a leather base and a friction fit mitred lining, it's on the
22nd - 23rd Feb 2020, cost £240 including vat and all materials.

The course for Making a Wooden Jack Plane is on the 1st and 2nd Feb 2020 and costs £255 including vat and all materials. A great project with lots of hand shaping and a very useful plane at the end.

The Hand Cut Dovetails Made Easy is for those who haven't cut dovetails before. You will make a small feather board to practice joint cutting, followed by a practice joint and then a dovetailed alignment board which is a great aid for the future. Course runs on 11th 12th Jan 2020 cost £220 including vat and all materials
On the 10th Jan there is a sharpening day which is optional and can be booked separately as well cost £110 inc vat and materials.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Yandles Woodworking Show

A very enjoyable and busy two days at the Yandles Show, meeting lots of old friends and making plenty of new ones. The new bench served me very well and attracted quite a bit of attention. Picture by Phil Edwards (Philly Planes) who also kept us entertained!
The next show is the North of England Woodworking Show in Harrogate 15th-17th November.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Spice Rack from the US

Raymond from the US sent me these pictures of the first project he has made with his new 1:8 magnetic dovetail guide. He says it has given him a new confidence with his dovetails which is great, and after years of rummaging around in the cupboards he can now see all his spices at a glance