Monday, 17 September 2018

Dovetail and Sharpening Course Dates for 2019.

With the October courses fully booked I've released a couple of dates for 2019.
Please see my website for more details.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Roubo Work Bemch build on YouTube.

Garre from Texas told me about these videos he had produced on the making of his fine Roubo work bench. He used the beautiful wooden screws made by Lake Eire Toolworks for both the vices and incorporated the through wedged tenons using my multiple board method. He's done a great job and the videos benefit from fast motion filming so you don't get board!

Saturday, 8 September 2018

My Jet Morticer for sale on E Bay

I'm selling my Jet morticer on E Bay. I bought it to help me with making my wooden planes but then I decided to stop, so it's had very little use.
 99p start price, buyer must collect from Southampton.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Crubber Jaw Lining. Benchcrafted

Having heard lots of great things about Crubber from Benchcrafted, I decided it was time to replace my worn leather jaw lining. I tried Classic Hand Tools in the UK as well as Dieter Schmid in Germany but neither stocked it as an accessory, maybe they should. So a quick look on the internet and I found this, a 2mm thick cork/rubber composite.

It cut easily to size and a couple of strips of 3M double sided tape provided the adhesion.

Before fitting, I chamfered the edges at 45 degrees with a freshly sharpened chisel which should reduce the risk of catching.

As expected it performed remarkably well and should be very durable.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Split Top Roubo with Benchcrafted Vices and hardware

A friend sent me these pictures of his recently completed slit top Roubo work bench. It's made from well seasoned southern Yellow pine with chestnut end caps.

After much planning Rod made his bench 40" tall, he is a tall man. Workbench height is an emotive subject, but I definitely prefer a taller bench than the standard 34-35", you can work on it without back ache and pull up a stool for finer work. My ideal height is 37".
You can also see in the picture that Rod has installed the leg vice screw low down giving him a lot of depth, another advantage of a taller bench.
The recommended distance is 8-9" but I've fitted mine with a 12" clearance which is more versatile. The disadvantage to allowing too much is having to stoop to operate as well as loosing some leverage, although the vice holds so well this is probably just a theoretical problem.

He's done a very nice job with the tail vice and says that the Crubber (facing the jaws) is amazing!

Here are some other projects made by Rod.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Dovetail and Sharpening Courses Now Full

The two courses in October are now fully booked and I'm looking forward to meeting new woodworkers and getting back to teaching again. There will be more dates coming up.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Hemswell Antique Centre

A couple of weeks ago we spent a few days in Lincoln visiting relatives. I found the Hemswell Antiques Centre which claimed to be the biggest in Europe. It is housed in numerous buildings on an ex RAF base.

Surprisingly there wasn't much in the way of antique tools, just a few old boxes here and there.

This was one of the nicest little pieces, a Victorina miniature coffer. At around £30 it was very tempting.

A beautiful mahogany drop leaf side table.

Another fine piece, this free standing jewellery box (by Heals I think) featured a mechanism that opened the drawer when the lid was lifted.

A fine selection of Wellington chests, a design that I find very appealing.

 A very nice named mitre chop.

A book binders nipping press, I think! And after 4 hours of rummaging time to relax in the very nice traditional restaurant. A great day out if you like your antiques and are anywhere near north Lincolnshire.