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.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Minature Krenov Cabinet

Anny from Belgium sent me these shots of a tiny Krenov style cabinet he was challenged to make by his teacher. Its 1/12th scale, almost like dolls furniture and I bet it looks really cute in the flesh.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Marc Adams School Making a Krenov Inspired Cabinet

My friend Martin has just returned to the UK from a weeks course with Mike Pecovich at the Marc Adams School in the US. He said he had a fabulous time and that the school is massive with every conceivable tool and machine.

This Krenov inspired cabinet has lots of hand cut dovetails and through mortice and tenons. That's a lot of work for a weeks course and the detail looks very crisp

It's nice to see the back receives the same attention as the front. I'm not sure how Martin got this back on plane, a bit big for hand luggage!

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Instagram, on it at last!

I've finally been persuaded to upgrade my phone (the old one's on the right!) and I've put my first post in Instagram with user name barron26159
I will try to do daily posts as well as keeping the Blog going with more detailed stuff.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Miniature Tools

We're in Lincoln visiting family for a few days and I came across a case in an Antique show with a whole range of lovely miniature tools.

They are made to 1/12 scale and looked very small.

If anyone is interested in more details and pricing Mark Hellicar's card is below.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Collectors Cabinet, Latest Project.

Above are the leaves salvaged from my parents antique mahogany dining table. It was a shame to cut up such lovely old boards but they were badly warped and recycling was the best option.

The cabinet stands about 32" high and has 15 dovetails on each corner. I've shot the drawer sides, for all 11 drawers, into their respective openings which was followed by fitting the fronts and backs. Lots of work with my (unhandled and comfortable) Veritas Shooting Board plane.
An article in Furniture and Cabinet Making magazine on the whole project will follow in the coming months.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Teaching from my Workshop 12th 13th 14th October. Dovetailing and Sharpening.

 Ever since moving into my new workshop nearly two years ago, I've been meaning to start teaching again. At last I've got round to organised some dates! My workshop is in a modern industrial estate in Southampton and has four work benches of varying styles (no Record vices!). Above is a bench equipped with an excellent Bench Crafted glide vice and below a traditional Scandinavian bench with a shoulder vice (I have two of these).

The style below is a modern commercially made bench from Ulmia in Germany which although traditional in looks has an excellent front vice, ideal for dovetailing. Being able to use these benches may help you with buying or upgrading your existing bench.

The first course is just a single day on Friday 12th October and precedes the dovetailing course which follows on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th, full details can be found on my Website.
Hardly anyone has come to the dovetailing courses I've run in the past with tools that are sharp enough for good results. So if you intend to come on the dovetailing course and are in any doubt about the sharpness of your tools, I would suggest you come along on the 12th.
The course is also open to anyone who just wants to spend a day leaning how to sharpen their tools.

Effortless fluffy shavings and a wonderful finish are easily achieved with a sharp, well tuned plane.

Sharpening materials will be available to use as well as advice on what equipment to buy without breaking the bank.

The dovetailing course on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October starts with plenty of practice cuts to get used to using the saw and magnetic guide, followed by a practice joint shown below.

The main project will be making a very useful dovetail alignment board, click on my YouTube video above to see the process. I have loads more videos on there as well.

Dovetails of this fit and finish should be achievable by everyone by the end of the course.

For maximum stability all boards will be made from a single piece of quarter saw timber, in this case some lovely English Oak. Full details of the course cost and booking can be found on my website, please click the link at the top of this page.