Monday 26 November 2018

Alan Peters Sideboard Refurbishment Complete

At last the work on the Alan Peters sideboard is finished. The doors now close, the drawers slide smoothly, the rear leg has been repaired, the dents have been steamed out, the scratches removed and the whole thing refinished with five coats of Skelton Peacock Oil.

The recycled Cuban mahogany came up really nicely with the initial deep red colour settling down to a lovely rich red brown.

When it first came in the Honduran mahogany was the same faded colour as the Cuban mahogany and it is great to see the subtle contrast which would have been apparent when new. The sideboard will be going to auction next year, I'll update with progress on this.

Monday 19 November 2018

Wonderful Dressing Table, Lots of Pictures.

I was chatting to Chris, a very pleasant young man at the Harrogate show and after a while he asked if I wanted to see some pictures of a recently completed project. I was amazed.
Ostensibly a rectangular table and stool, has been designed with lots of subtle curves, angles and chamfers which all work to create a piece that's beautiful. The more you look, the more little details are discovered.
Chris has been 'on the tools' for 17 years and was introduced to woodworking at 7 years old. He's currently working at Cubby Construction in Carlisle and is looking to build up this bespoke side of the business.

The 'Nakashima' butterfly keys were added to wood which had been carefully split part way.

The double curves on the legs have an animal grace.

The stretchers were bent by laminating thin strips of ash, Chris then added a veneer of ash to cover the glue lines.

The stretchers were then shrouded in Wenge to match the dovetail keys.

The rear was treated with the same attention to detail with a wenge veneer on the back of the mirrors.

Friday 16 November 2018

New Skelton Saw

Before the doors opened at the Harrogate Show, I popped round to see Shane and Jaq Skelton who had a fine display of saws as well as good stocks of their new Peacock Oil range.

Shane pulled out a very posh bag which contained my new London Fine Carcass saw. It was a long wait but well worth it!

The handle is Andaman Padouk, which I bought a few years ago from Alan Peters widow, it has a lovely glow and was bang on quarter sawn.

Although not made for dovetailing, I had a quick go at the end of the show, once the saw got started it took just two strokes to cut those tails.

Thursday 15 November 2018

North of England Woodworking Show

I'll be at the North of England Woodworking Show in Harrogate for the next three days demonstrating my magnetic guides. It's a big show and well worth a visit.

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Encyclopedia of Woodworking Techniques.

I received a copy of this book today as a thanks for my very small contribution, the last image on the last page! This is an update on the two previous versions published in 1993 and 2003 and while it's hardly encyclopaedic in size it does cover most of the fundamental techniques of woodworking with plenty of quality photos and clear text.

 At the back is 46 pages showing some very fine work. The table above in burr brown oak by Scott Woyka is a favourite of mine.

A beautiful veneered box by Christine Meyer Eagleston.

A wonderful piece by John Makepeace.

And lastly my humble offering, a dovetailed box with curved ends.

Sunday 4 November 2018

Plane Making Course 2nd 3rd March 2019 Now Fully Booked.

The plane making course is now fully booked. I'm also running the course the following weekend 9th 10th March to cope with demand, this too is now full. I'm really looking forward to it!

Thursday 1 November 2018

Plane Making Course Dates 2nd - 3rd March 2019

My plane making course is now available to book, please see my website for details.
This is the plane we will be making, a very useful 13" jack plane fitted with a top quality Ron Hock blade and chip breaker. The woods are brown oak with a Lignum Vitae sole and a bog oak cross pin. Great for smoothing, flattening and for using on the shooting board.