Nudging our YouTube subscription

You have been such an incredible inspiration and support through the years and I have a favour to ask. Will you help us to nudge our YouTube subscription numbers over the 100,000 landmark a little sooner by subscribing, if you haven’t, and then recommending us to your woodworking friends? We are better able to expand …

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The final phase of design

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A prototype comes together quickly. Two 2×4’s, a few mortise and tenons and some shaping brings all of the considerations together. Someone asked to buy it yesterday but I said it was still needed. It’s always like that. When you can’t sell it someone wants it. It’s a strong chair because of twin railing lower …

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Sharpening a moulding plane video

You asked me for this many times so here it is, With hundreds of profiles to develop moulds, moulding planes often need custom fettling. These are the methods I have found most effective and it takes no specialised equipment as you make you own profiles and use just about any abrasive from wet and dry …

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Happy or contented with work?

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The textures in work are so diverse man merely glimpses them in snatches, little more than flashes but even those flashes far exceed an image and even a film. A mouth moves from smiling satisfaction to abrupt tensity and stock-still shock in split seconds parted by steps of transition in fifty convoluted shapes and each …

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One door closes and many more open

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I think that is true of our courses. We’re quite different really and we spread the good news of real woodworking all be it on a small scale. I taught my first class in the USA back in 1989 or thereabouts. Since then my hands on courses have shaped 5,500 woodworkers and I have taught …

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Woodworking is my lived life

I personally think woodworking is a very marvellous thing and it doesn’t really matter whether you do it by hand or use machines or both. I like to do my work as much by hand as is practicable and so about ninety-eight percent of my work is indeed worked by my hands. I think this …

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Working wood makes a good living…

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…or should I perhaps say Working wood makes living good. In some ways my blog records a wide range of things I might otherwise have never written down and that includes everything from new tool reviews to my opinions on sharpness and what sharpness is. Some time back I presented something to my students suggesting …

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eBay groupings can provide

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Every so often a grouping of tools comes together as a package via eBay and at first glimpse of a poorer image you might pass over it without thinking. This might have been the case when I bought the tools shown here. The image was quite unclear but the silhouette of the small router piqued …

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Bench height adjuster for sharpening

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We had a new intake of students from around the globe today, Sierra Leone, some from the USA , east and west, Netherlands and Spain. Oh yes, and the UK. They will be here for nine days and I am always surprised how easily people from different continents can totally connect in just a matter …

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