Tuesday, 13 August 2019

New Work Bench


I've been making a new bench to take to shows, I've got fed up with lifting a full sized bench in and out of the car. Although it's only 4' long it's got a 4" thick iroko top and a frame made from 3 1/2" square pine. It's as solid as a rock and perfect for dovetailing.
An article on the build will be coming in Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine in due course.




Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Spoon Making


I've always been drawn to carved spoons so I decided to buy the knives and have a go.
Splitting out the log was easier than I imagined, here is some mildly spalted birch which was very attractive.

After a practice, this is how my second spoon turned out, not bad but hand aches!




Thursday, 11 July 2019

Wonderful Little Dovetailed Smoother


Nigel sent me these pictures of a lovely little plane he made. It features cupids bow dovetails on both the sides and sole and has a super tight mouth. It has a nice quarter sawn cocobolo infill for stability as well as looks and a nice thick blade bedded at 59 degrees. The quality of the details is superb which is no surprise as he is a professional violin maker. You can see some of his work here.
https://www.facebook.com/NigelMelfiViolins/






Sunday, 7 July 2019

Swedish Work Bench for Sale on E Bay at a Bargain price!!


I spotted this fine Swedish work bench currently for sale on E Bay. It has a very useful shoulder vice and a proper tail vice. At £250 it's an absolute bargain!
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/carpenters-work-bench/123827529871?hash=item1cd4b2288f:g:JtQAAOSwumJdIc8~


Sunday, 23 June 2019

Lots of Nice Planes for Sale on E Bay!


I'm selling some of my collection, this is just a few of the planes I've got for sale on E Bay at the moment. Most are 99p start and I post worldwide.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153538939255







Monday, 17 June 2019

Angled Dovetail Box


Kevin from New York sent me these pictures of a nice little box he made for his very grateful wife.





Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Brusso Hinges


I used these Brusso stop hinges on the brown oak chest, these are expensive but I've always found them to be very good. Not this pair, so much for 'precision hardware'!
You can clearly see the difference in widths of the two leaves at one end. Once I had carefully sanded both leaves flush and even, I could use a marking gauge to fit the long sides. This ensures a perfectly flush fit between the lid and the rear. Of course I also had to sand down the other hinge to match, a lot of work.


Friday, 31 May 2019

Lovely Shavings!


I planed the spalted beech panels flush with the frame using my Lie Nielsen No 7.


The coloured shavings were so nice I didn't want to throw them in the bin!



Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Compound Dovetail Blanket Chest


I've been working on a large blanket chest in brown oak with compound angle dovetails. The sides are made from two boards to make up the 20" height.
Preparing the edges on my long shooting board gives a perfect fit, the boards should be dead flat and have no glimmer of light showing through the joint.


With a nice fit clamps aren't necessary (or desirable), stretched masking tape does the job very well.


Here are the four sides, one angle is cut at 7 degrees and the other at 2 degrees.


With four benches in my workshop, and three different vices, I found the superb vice on my Ulmia bench to be the best suited. The right hand side of the jaw is 'toed in' giving a firm grip without any extra clamping.

Here's some of the completed dovetails, all went very well using my Excellent Skelton Long Stroke dovetail saw.


The carcass completed with the angled feet attached, I will stain these black later on.


Monday, 27 May 2019

Oliver Sparks Plane for Sale


I Have a few of Ollie Sparks planes and I've decided to let this beauty go. 
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153502936951

Designated 10 1/2 because it is half the size of a Norris No 21 upon which it was styled.
This was one of an original batch of just five made two years ago. You can view the model by going to his website.
It's 3 1/2" long with a 7/8" wide blade and has never been used, just admired. The beautiful infill is Honduras Rosewood.