Monday, 15 March 2021


I've planned 7 courses for later in the year with some nice projects and plenty of skills and techniques. Full details of all the courses can be found on my website

The dovetail box is a 2 day course preceded by a 1 day sharpening course (optional). You will learn how to cut perfect dovetails straight from the saw as well as plenty of use on the shooting board.

The mitred corner jewellery box is a challenging project that will teach you how to create gap free mitres, a piston fit tray and soft close lid. You will also line the box in pig suede and make a stand.

A 2 day course making a very useful Krenov style wooden hand plane, fitted with a Ron Hock blade and chip breaker. 

Another challenging project is this lovely angled dovetailed chest. You will learn how to cut perfect compound angled dovetails by hand as well as cutting bridle joints on the lid.

I ran this tool chest course back in 2015 and produced a YouTube video showing the piston fit tray and soft close lid. I have condensed this course into 3 days so it will be quite intense with plenty of dovetailing.

This lovely little box has angled dovetail sides and a nice curved lift off lid. For anyone who has attended my course Hand Cut Dovetail Made Easy, this wold be a great next project. As mentioned full details are now available on my website


Saturday, 6 March 2021


I've been working on this Alan Peters inspired chest, on and off, for nearly a year now. It's made from elm which came from from Alans workshop and was purchased from his wife after his sad passing. The drawer fronts are burr elm which I band sawed to a thickness of 2 mm, this enabled me to match the grain making good use of the precious board. I turned through dovetails in to half blind and is a technique I have often used.

With the chest complete I'll be able to concentrate on preparing for a range of courses in the Autumn. I will release the detail and dates in the next week or so. 


Monday, 24 August 2020

Very Nice Sjobergs Bench on E Bay now.


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 

Monday, 17 August 2020

Article in Latest Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine

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

More Planes on E Bay

 I'm selling a few more old friends, this lovely mitre plane is by Darryl Hutchinson.

And a few more by Norris, Spiers, Slater and George Miller.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Chisel Chest from America

Steve from Pennsylvania sent me these shots of a nice dovetailed chisel box he made.
Looks like a couple of lovey sets of Blue Spruce chisels in there.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Nice Planes For Sale on E Bay

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.