Thursday, 27 September 2018
The November edition of Furniture and Cabinetmaking is out now with an article on the walnut cabinet I made earlier in the year.
The exploded drawings by Simon are superb as usual and come with accurate dimensions.
The walnut was very special, coming from the workshop of the late great Alan Peters.
Derek Jones, the editor, wrote a nice article on a double dovetail, suitable for joining boards end to end.
The regular 'Under the hammer' feature is always interesting and this month featured some fine 20th C furniture at prices to match!
Superb wooden plane maker Terry Gordon, discusses in detail the effect of different hand planning angles.
And to finish a nice article on Richard Arnolds open house event this year in aid of the charity McMillan Cancer. An impressive £7,100 was raised and I'm sure a great day was had by all who attended.
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Stuart, a friend of mine, sent me these pictures of his two retro fitted Bench Crafted vices. He is very pleased with the effortless operation of the glide vice above as well as the criss cross mechanism which automatically adjust to the work. He has left at least 12" clear down to the screw which increases the capacity of the vice without diminishing the holding power.
Stuart has permanently installed his Moxon vice in the bench and fitted a quick release cover which prevents bruised thighs or worse!!
His intriguing long shooting board has an adjustable side fence which can be used for making identical parts with perfect straight edges.
The plane shown in the picture is a rare antique Lancashire pattern plane. With it's heavily skewed blade it is ideal for end grain shooting.
And here is his mitre shooting board with an adjustable fence for a full range of angles. This would be great for picture frames.
Sunday, 23 September 2018
Monday, 17 September 2018
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
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
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
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.