Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Canadian Saw Maker

Robert sent me these pictures of a fine dovetail saw he had made by The Great Lakes Tool Works in Ontario Canada. The beautifully finished handle is Cocobolo and apparently it works very well.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Olive Ash Stool Finished

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

Rack for Dovetail Guides

I've had contact from lots of woodworkers all round the world who have been getting a lot more workshop time this week.
Peter in the US sent me this picture of a little rack he made for his dovetail guides, simple but very practical.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Skelton Gentleman Jaq Dovetail Saw Arrives

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

Calling for Entrants for the Alan Peters Award 2020 £1,000 first prize!

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

New Skelton Saw

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

Wadkin Heavy Duty Disc Sander on E Bay

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.