Friday, 23 September 2016

Skelton Long Stroke Dovetail Saw


A little while back I order a long stroke dovetail saw from Shane and Jaq Skelton, a couple of days ago it arrived. I pushed the boat out and went for the 'Squires Peters' version, a copy of a saw made in 1760. http://skeltonsaws.co.uk/our-products/


Beautiful packing with some nice touches.........


............and finally the saw revealed, what a beauty!


It has 16 TPI and very little set, ideal for finer dovetails, my only frustration is that being away I have nothing to test it on. The handle is flame beech and the fit and finish of the whole saw are immaculate. Enjoy the pictures.







Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wooden Hinge Dovetailed Boxes


Here are some more boxes by Stephen, this time with integral wooden hinges.
I've seen jigs for these type of hinges made by Incra http://www.incrementaltools.com/INCRA_HingeCrafter_Drilling_Guide_p/hingecrafter.htm
and also Rob Cosman http://www.robcosman.com/tools_drilljig.php




Monday, 19 September 2016

Excellent Jewellery Box.


Stephen sent me some pictures of his excellent jewellery box. If you scroll down I've included some of the making shots which may give you some idea of just how time consuming this project was!


This is how Stephen described the project
'Here are a few more photos of my jewellery box. This was the first time I used veneer and it took a long time. The inlay banding were in the style of Steve Latta, even that took weeks.  Thicknessing the ebony lipping by hand was a pain, but a high angle frog and small back bevel worked wonders! (Thanks David Charlesworth).
All in all it came out pretty good and I was very pleased with the clean spline mitre joints cut using your guide.'










Sunday, 18 September 2016

First Time Dovetails from the US


Since I've stopped selling direct I get much less customer feedback on my guides, but Steve from the US sent me these pictures of his second and third attempts using the guide. He was very pleased and so he should be!

Friday, 16 September 2016

Beautiful Walnut Desk.


Matt from the UK sent me these pictures of a lovely desk he made from a large (and expensive) walnut slab.
He's just posted a series of three very well done YouTube videos showing the making process which are well worth watching.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJD8iaIXYWU


I'm guessing the Makepeace inspired chair is another one of Matt creations, showing some very fine making skills.
The graduated dovetail keys provide a nice accent and stabilise the short crack.


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

A Nice Little Box


William from the UK sent me this picture of the first box he has made using my spline guide. It's made from recycled antique drawer parts (good to hear)  and is nicely proportioned. The first of many I hope!

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Two Legged Work Bench, the Answer!


Thanks very much to Jonas from Denmark who has explained the use of these benches and showed my ignorance. Lervad as a company are still very much alive and kicking both in their native Denmark as well as in the UK http://lervad.co.uk/
They specialise in workbenches for educational use and the two legged bench is designed to be attached, along with others, to a central tool well, which certainly solves the stability problem.


They do a small freestanding bench with three legs, although I think the two legged communal benches make better sense.