Someone asked me the question why use a chisel followed by a spokeshave to shape and shave wood when the bandsaw is so efficient? I am asked questions like this all the time and some times I want to, well, just walk away from the question and the questioner because I think that they most likely will not be open to my reasons as they have a made up mind that machines are exactly what's needed for the task. How do you explain that you are not in the same hurry mode they are to get the job done? Or
I’ve been making boxes all day today, to stock up for customers coming through the workshop. But I also went to buy some wood from my local wood supplier, Richard Williams, about 20 minutes from my town here in Bangor. I have to give this company credit. They have a great staff, very helpful and uncomplaining, but just as important, they have the best European redwood around, which is what I went for. I have a pine bookcase to make as a prototype for a series to be built for a shop. I plan and
Not many men can boast seven decades of working wood for a living or even being able to work for seven decades. I am nearer than most having worked wood for five. This gentleman joined the throngs in my workshop yesterday and made the passing comment most do about bringing back "fond memories." I stopped working on my stools to talk to him. He was a builder and worked a large amount on joinery. We chatted together for a while and his son came in and chatted too. A short while later another joined
Garden benches anyone can build. Yet it will take a few days, a few hand tools and few sticks of wood, but you will have your bench and you will never need another unless you want one.
Well, when you think about it, a week ago this didn't look much like anything more than a bunch of two by's in B&Q (Home Depot US equivalent) and today I did glue on the main laminated bench tops to the apron boards. This evening I quit with my last clamp up at 9.51pm. Bit too late to post after such a full
This next section is simple and straightforward. Firstly it’s good practice to glue up any laminated parts needed so that when we start the actual construction there is no downtime waiting for glue curing and set up. You may prefer to use solid stock rather than laminated legs and aprons, but I am trying to help those who do not have that luxury. Also, I like laminations. In some cases they are preferable to solid stock.
Today I prepped my leg material and glued them up and