The lid on that big on is spooky!!
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Monday, 30 October 2017
Here is a Sjobergs Elite workbench with 3 days to go on E Bay. It looks like the 1500 mm size which is great for the garage workshop and comes with a useful storage module. These sell for around £1,400 new so a starting price of £750 is very reasonable. This one has a proper tail vice which is better than the full width vice of the current model.
Sunday, 29 October 2017
Bernard from France sent me these pictures of a tool box he has made for his planes.
Plywood is an easy option in some respects, although dovetailing this brittle material cleanly, presents some challenges.
Not only has he dovetailed the sides but he has dovetailed the base as well, very impressive. Assembly has to be done in the right order to get all these parts together. Whatever material he chose for the sides, the base would have to have been man made to work successfully, due to seasonal wood movement.
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
- hntgordonLots of spoke shaves packed and ready. These can be ordered through our website. We will be at the Canberra wood show this weekend with tools to try and buy - call in and see us if you are in the area. #hntgordon #finewoodworking #spokeshaves #australianmade #woodworking #woodworkingtools
- theskinnyjoinerI think I see my spokeshave there. 😀
- hntgordon@theskinnyjoiner was posted this afternoon 😀
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Bill Carter has produced a whole series of videos on how to make his wonderful mitre planes. The pace is a little slow (he is nearly 80) but if you set the time aside there are some wonderful gems to be found and if you fancy having a go at making one of these planes then they are invaluable.
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Ian from Japan sent me these pictures of some drawers which provided him with much needed additional storage in his workshop. Such a level of organisation and tidiness is only something I can aspire to!
The drawers were all dovetailed by hand, front and back. To give the maximum amount of drawer depth, the bottoms were screwed on from underneath rather than slid into a groove. Making the bottoms with plywood avoided any issues with wood movement.
Friday, 13 October 2017
Leo from the US sent me these shots of his good progress with hand cut dovetails using one of my guides. He's using coloured dots which is good to see, this simple highly visual aid tells you which board goes with which, where the outside is and also which is the top of each piece.
Leo also made an alignment board but says that the best tip is to wear his reading glasses and improve the lighting. He's also doing lots of practice which is the ultimate way to get good at anything.
Saturday, 7 October 2017
Joe sent me these pictures of his latest project, walnut and ash adjustable shelves.
The brackets are attached with what appear to be sliding dovetails.
The rounded shelves have a nice retro look and all finished off with his trade mark signature, The Lucent Crow.
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Just in case you wondered about my last post, this is the reason I was getting ready to cut dovetails. The picture above shows just one of four corners on these drawers.
It's a petit chest of drawers standing 23" high made in chestnut, a wood I've never used before. It is similar to oak in it's feel and open grain and I was lucky enough to have a large board which was quarter sawn with some nice ripple as well. An detailed article on this piece will be appearing in Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine in due course.
Monday, 2 October 2017
If you can't see what you are doing then you can't cut accurate dovetails. A good task light and reading glasses are essential for me. Even if you don't use reading glasses you should try some, the weakest lens no1 will give a small magnification which is very helpful.
Of course having good quality sharp tools is also very helpful!