Sunday, 29 April 2012
Thursday, 26 April 2012
|The book matched spalted maple was very effective.|
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
|Here are all the components for the second box. The coloured dots keep everything in the right place.|
|Here is the offending lid, it's only a tenth of a mil undersized but the hinge fitting method needs perfect alignment.|
|Here's the new box assembled ready for the lid to be fitted.|
Sunday, 22 April 2012
http://japantool-iida.com/saw/index_3.html along with a miniature version of my dovetail guide.
Fine, sharp tools are needed for crisp results on this small scale.
The trays all glued up and put on a flat surface to set. I checked very carefully for squareness, taking the reading from the inside of the trays so as not to get a false reading from the protruding dovetails.
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
I made the outside of this box at the beginning of the year, it's one of those 'no rush' jobs. I'm now going to make the three tays and lid.
I like to finish the inside of the trays before cutting the dovetails, a sharp plane is best on these smaller pieces, sandpaper tends to round the edges no matter how carefull you are. Also the plane is quicker and with a slightly curved edge I can go straight to the shellac and wax finish.
The sides of the trays are 7.5 mm thick by 30 mm high and I like to get nice clean edges which is not really possible with the planer, especially on the curly grain. My method is to clean up one edge on the shooting board and then carefully size on the table saw. I then clean the other edge up with identical strokes (5) to keep the boards all exactly the same height.
My wooden jointer is both effortless and comfortable to use.
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Demonstrating cutting dovetails using my magnetic guide, I must have cut 200 over the two days, I'm glad I can do it sitting down!
The mornings got very busy. I didn't even get a chance to look round the show myself.
I must make myself a bigger bench or get a bit tidier with my tools!
Phil Edwards was in the same marquee, flying the flag for Lie Nielsen.
James helped me throughout the show which was much appreciated. Here he is having some curly shavings theropy!
James brought in a high angle smoother he made from my plans published in Furniture and Cabinetmaking. He did a good job and it felt very nice in the hand.
The prize for the cutest visitor has to go to this 11 week old pug / chiwawa cross called Millie. She was having a very hard time time staying awake.
Friday, 13 April 2012
Here's my stand set up the night before the show. I take my small bench to demonstrate dovetailing as well as letting people have a go with my planes etc. The show seems to grow every year and it was packed all day, I didn't get a chance to visit other stands, maybe it will be a little quieter tomorrow.
Yandles has always been a wood yard and here's a picture of the massive crane they used to use for moving logs across the yard.
I always get tools and furniture brought in which has been inspired by the many articles I've written for Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine. These photos are of some very nice pivot hinge boxes with some amazing marketry, see below.
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Today an extremely robust package arrived from Sweden in a white washed pine box.
The contents were so firmly packaged I had to unscrew one side of the box to get them out!
If you hadn't already guessed it is a vintage screw box complete with sample screw for reference. The pair of cutters are held in place with bent screws and an additional screw, crude but effective. Access to the cutters is via a removable cover located with dowels. The size is 2 1/4" and everthing set and sharp enough to produce both the screw and nut.
I love old tools, they are efficient, economical, well used and 'warm'.
The story behind the this tool arriving goes back 4 or 5 years when I ordered a work bench from Leif Karlsson in sweden http://www.workbenches.se/en/index.php . He makes work benches in the old way and his father made James Krenovs work bench, some recommendation! I have made a dozen or so work benches since (it can be obsessive, just ask Chris Schwarz!) and asked Leif if he knew where I could obtain a screw box large enough to produce the wooden vices. A year ago he conatcted me to say a friend of his had a screw box he would sell, to which I said yes but I heard no more. Then just recently I received a very nice letter complete with photos offering me the screw box. The Swedish are very proud of their country and their laid back lifestyle, I need to slow down a bit!!
Monday, 9 April 2012
A customer in the US has ordered a left handed jointer plane which I will be making in my next plane batch. I used to make a small number of left handed planes for stock but there was very little take up. The one shown above, made from Indian Laurel, is the last of this stock made a few years ago which will be going to the same customer.
When I looked at the plane the mouth was a little wider than I liked and I wasn't happy sending it. This situation was resolved by fitting a brass mouth insert and this technique could equally be used on any wooden plane to bring it back to former glory!
The first step was to prepare a piece of 1/4" brass on the disc sander with sides dovetailed at about 10 degrees. The blade was then position with a small but even protrusion and the brass insert pushed so that it rested agianst the edge. I carefully knifed around the insert with a scalpel, going over my marks a few times in order to make a clear impression in the ultra hard Lignum Vitae sole.
I then set my laminate trimmer to slightly less than the depth of the brass and carefully excavated the waste and trimmed back to the lines. Note the protective duster in the jaws of my vice, I didn't want to have to refinish the plane as well!
Here is the finished insert with the blade set, now that's more like the mouth a fine smoother should have.
I used to make all my planes with a brass insert, I'd forgotten how nice it looked.
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
This hill top view shows a German fort in the distance. It is now being used by a fishing company to process the fresh fish they catch. They also have a BBQ and we ordered some giant prawns in garlic and chillie, this was the best food we've had so far, as well as being the cheapest and freshest!
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Every year we go on a least one walking holiday and this time it's in Jersey. It was a lovely day but the wind was cold hence the thick clothing. I'm leaning against a German gun from WW2, evidence of their occupation is all along the coast.