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I Bought This Saw

It looked rugged on the site, hence a cheaper price for so classic a saw made by wonderful maker. Half the plate has now gone through sharpening but there is still another 50 good years of dovetailing service in it I think. It will see me out. Anyway, I set to to sharpen the teeth…

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Causing Ripples – A New Composition

My plane skims the surface of quarter-sawn oak and I feel the corduroy corrugation I want to telegraph from its inner fibres through to the finished surface the work justifies. Undulations follow the long and wide cells in emanating rays intrinsic to oak in the uniqueness of oaks structure and colouring. Other woods have beauty,…

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The Great Tree

Of all the things I have done in and with my life, I feel I am left with one thing I am certain of and it’s this, I know woodworking at confidence levels. I don’t know it through the reading about it, I know through the doing of it every single day in some measure…

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The Thing Is…

…wood is wood. I know for many, cost of wood is always an issue and whereas people do often romanticise the using of pallet wood, at the end of the day it’s just a useful alternative as well as good not to be wasteful. Whether it is truly a free resource is questionable because wherever…

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A Palletwood Box

Is pallet wood any good? Of course it is. Or at least it can be. Equally it can be bad too, of course it can, but for anyone who just needs to practice, or needs a low cost alternative to gain experience, pallets can be a good resource. Typically pallets are always softwoods. I have…

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Try Something for Me

When I sharpen a plane I have a standard I work to. It’s almost always surgical sharpness. Why? I’m not always sure. But I’m sure that most of us ultimately end up with a system and an order to sharpening. Ultimately we should all steer away from abrasive papers and silly names like the scary…

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Grass Needs Mowing

It’s a long and narrow garden. Straight lines, squared off. No imagination, easy maintenance. I really like gardens with secret corners and surprises to draw your interest. It was a quick and simple thing to mow the grass. Coming out of retirement The new house presents additional work but it’s a mix of work I…

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New to Dovetails

We’ve been building up our Common Woodworking site with more helps guides for new woodworkers to get started or to build their hand skills if they have mostly or only used machine methods. To that end our recently posted how to’s and exercises includes the ever-important dovetail joint. As ever, you have all been so…

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Spokeshave Questions?

I wrote a blog post recently expressing my feeling that the spokeshave is a far more important tool than we might understand. If I can make it more understandable for you then that’s what I want to do because I cannot imagine my own woodworking life without one. We’ve had questions over the years about…

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Milling Oak…

…For My Garden Bench Parts So it’s oak. It’s 5″ thick and you need 3 1/2″. There is no doubt that the bandsaw makes shorter work of ripping it to size but there is still plenty of labour surface planing and squaring up adjacent faces. My hands slowly and tentatively slide over the surfaces of…

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