Browsing E Bay I came across this advert for a Sjobergs bench which looks in excellent condition. It has a proper face vice which is ideal for dovetailing as well as the best type of end vice. At 5' long it is a good usable size without taking up too much room. It's located in Brighton https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Work-Bench-with-storage-Heavy-Duty-Solid-Wooden-Table-Woodworking-Vice/283988197536?hash=item421f0400a0:g:ZCkAAOSwu7VfQrMH
Monday, 17 August 2020
The latest issue of F&C has just arrived with a very dramatic cover.
Near the back it includes my latest article making a storage box for my matching pair of Skelton dovetail saws.
Monday, 22 June 2020
Thursday, 4 June 2020
Monday, 25 May 2020
I have some nice ones on E Bay this week all 99p start, above is a rare Spiers mitre plane and below a lovely George Miller shoulder plane.
A rare Gabriel bi metal mitre plane.
The last of my Oliver Sparks planes, a tiny dovetailed instrument makers plane, a work of art.
A superb bog oak mitre plane by Tim Smith.
Monday, 4 May 2020
The lockdown has give me some time to sell some unwanted tools. If you enter the link below you can go and access all listings, using 'see other items'
A new Lie Nielsen No49 tongue and groove plane.
A new Veritas plough plane
A fine Starrett level
Very nice set of E.A.Berg Swedish chisels.
A Veritas skew mouth block plane with fence.
A Kunst Griff scraper shave.
And finally a lovely Oliver Sparks instrument makers plane.
Sunday, 12 April 2020
I made myself a box to house two of my Skelton saws, my Gentleman Jaq gents dovetail saw and my Dual Kerf Starter. These saws are used in tandem so it made good sense to put them in one box.
The sides are English cherry and the panels are from the last of the lovely Honduran Rosewood from which the saw handles were made. The lining is pig suede. An article on the making will be appearing in Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine shortly.
Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Monday, 30 March 2020
Jim sent me these pictures of his olive ash stool made on my course last weekend. It's had three coats of finishing oil which ahs really brought the grain alive.
There were lots of angles and curves in this project which adds interest to the design.
Saturday, 28 March 2020
Saturday, 14 March 2020
I've been very much looking forward to the arrival of my new Gentleman Jaq dovetail saw it didn't disappoint.
It's extremely comfortable and has a really nice weight in the hand. The detailing is amazing, much better than my photography!
This is the last of my Honduran Rosewood which matches my dual kerf starter.
Shane reacted badly to this rosewood, one of the possible hazards of the job.
Wednesday, 11 March 2020
The Alan Peters award is being organised by Jeremy Broun and is open to any amateur woodworker resident in the UK and over the age of 18. Up to two pieces per person may be entered and they will be judged on the appropriate use of wood, quality of workmanship, functionality and originality of design.
Entries must be submitted by 30th May 2020 (£20 fee per item) with judging being done on 29th June 2020.
First prize £1,000, second prize £500 and third prize £300. For full details please see link below.
Saturday, 22 February 2020
A new saw arrived from Shane Skelton last week which, as usual, is a beauty.
The beautiful Honduras rosewood handle looks and feels great.
It's a very specific saw with a pair of fixed blades and is designed to cut two kerfs which enables perfectly sized dovetail pins to be achieved. The spacing is quite small which is ideal for small to medium sized boxes. A larger pin, say for large chests, can be achieved easily be made by moving the saw along one cut and creating three kerfs.
The idea of a kerf starter is nothing new with various types, both commercial and homemade in use.
Run up against a square (the teeth have no set) it creates two square and evenly spaced kerfs. These are great if cutting dovetails freehand as well as with my magnetic dovetail guides.
Here are the cuts which have gone down about 1 mm.
And here is the result, identically sized pins straight from the saw.