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. 

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.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Fine Quality Slotted Screws

Tony from The Vintage Screw Company contacted me about the traditional range of screws he sells.
They are new old stock made many years ago by Nettlefolds and GKN.
Although they may not look much a quick rub on some fine abrasive will have them looking like new. Of course if you are restoring antique furniture they are perfect just as they are.
Quantities start very low and prices are reasonable.

Monday, 29 April 2019

Wonderful Craftsmanship from Sweden.

Robin is a last year student at the famous Malmsten Woodworking School in Sweden. He sent me these pictures of a recent project exploring the use of 'invisible' wooden hinges.

The wood is quarter sawn beech and the execution is superb. Click on the pictures to expand, take your time and enjoy!

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Lovely Guitars

Chris sent me these pictures of some of the fine guitars he has made.

Very nice detailed stringing.
 And a personalised inlay.

A twin version, that looks difficult!

 and a very nicely made dovetail marker, not easy in padouk and hard maple.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Home Made Magnetic Dovetail Guide

Shawn from Maryland sent me pictures of his home made magnetic guides. He has done a fine job and I'm sure they work very well.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Beautiful Wood for the UTC Course

The carcass for the box needs to be as stable as possible for accurate fitting and minimum movement over time. Finding properly quarter sawn timber is not easy over a width of 250 mm (10"). Most of the kits will be made up from booked matched timber such as the olive ash above. But a couple of kits will be made from full width lacewood (London Plane) which is bang quarter sawn and quite stunning. I believe they call this sycamore in the US.
Note the blue masking tape on the book matched board is acting as clamps, when the edges are shot to a perfect fit stretched tape is all that's needed.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Course at UTC College London 29th -31st October

Just a reminder, the three day course making this box with a piston fit drawer is still available to book. Seven places have been booked only five are left, don't leave it too late!

It has more than 50 dovetails and the course is suitable for those used to cutting them.

The process of building a cabinet with a minute taper front to back will be explained as well as the process for making and fitting a piston fit drawer. All materials are included in the price of the course.