Thursday, 14 February 2019

Plane Making Article in Latest Issue of F&C Magazine


The March issue of F&C magazine is out now with a nice six page article on making my wooden jack plane.

For those of you coming on my forthcoming plane making courses this will give you a good idea of the process.



There's also a very good article, by my friend Richard Wile, on cold bent lamination used to make a fine Maloof style rocker.

Some very fine student work is featured from the Waters and Acland School.


Sunday, 10 February 2019

Krenov Style Dovetailed Cabinet


Jeff from the US sent me these pictures of a recently completed project. Although he's an experienced woodworker he had never hand cut dovetails before. After dozen practice cuts, he used one of my magnetic guides and he's done a fine job with those protruding dovetails.
The curved door is made from a single board of figured black walnut.


Knife hinges add discreet elegance and the birds eye maple shelves give a lift to the interior.


Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Springs for Moxon Vice Now Available.


A while ago I posted a video on YouTube about upgrading a Moxon vice.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk0pFLmS9Tk
I've had lots of people asking me what springs I used and I'm glad to say Mark Hicks at Plate 11 now sells them.
https://www.plate11.com/product-page/moxon-springs-pair?categoryId=b04c566e-79a6-1286-305f-1339eabfdd81

Friday, 1 February 2019

Making Box Parts for my Dovetailing Courses.


I cut lengths of walnut and sycamore to rough width on the band saw and then cleaned up the edges on the shooting board. The longer piece of black walnut is stuck to the board with double sided tape and has been positioned evenly along it's length to make sure all the boards are the perfect width.


The shavings from planning up 52 box sides.


The grooves for the box bottoms are cut on my router table using the brilliant Flip Stop system for the stopped cuts on the tail boards.
http://www.flipstop.com/products.html


Nice clean grooves. The pin boards are routed straight through as the grooves lie in the waste.


All the sides for 13 dovetailed boxes, enough for three courses.
Some of the sycamore has some lovely ripple and will look great.


Sunday, 20 January 2019

Dovetailing Weekend Finished


An excellent weekend of dovetailing is over with a very good group. Even though two of them had never cut dovetails before, they had the practice joint and the alignment board done in the first day. They went on to make a dovetailed box with Nick managing to complete his mitred lining and tilt top lid. I'm looking forward to the next course in April.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Lovely Sunburst Table in Brown Oak


Andy sent me these pictures of a fine sunburst table made from some lovely quarter sawn brown oak purchased at Yandles. For dimensional stability he cut veneers from the oak boards on the band saw using the best figure for the top and balanced it with veneer underneath. Cutting your own veneer allows thicker cuts than the very thin 0.6 mm commercial veneers, these were 2mm thick allowing the top to be treated and finished as if it were solid wood.
Andy's next project is a matching sideboard.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Collectors Cabinet in F&C Magazine


In the latest issue of Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine is a nice article on my collectors cabinet.
Reading the article it doesn't seem too much work but in practice 132 dovetails and 11 piston fit drawers took some time to finish.