I Use Two Spokeshaves

If you’ve read passed blogs you’ll know I often use two tools alongside one another at the same time meaning saws, planes scrapers and such. Using two planes alternately and then two or three card scrapers and even two #80 scrapers in quick succession one after the other leads to economy of time and effort, […]

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Today a New Project

It starts with a prompt;  a kind of nudge from someone I don’t know, never met, never heard of who made something for his home–his family to use–to dry clothes or air them after ironing. This someone made something decades ago and its useful but not nice looking. I see its potential beyond its bare […]

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Things Worth Mentioning

I have had a busy week with lots going on behind the scenes. The video on perspective sketches seemed popular so I am glad we did that and put it out via YouTube. I am never sure whether some things are helpful or not but I did want to encourage people to start drawing. This […]

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Time For Another Giveaway

Yep! Launched it yesterday so please join in and follow the link below if you want to enter my latest giveaway. Thank you all for your continuing support and for taking us over the 300,000 subscriber mark on our YouTube Channel. I love that our woodworking community continues to grow and that we are able […]

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Filling in the Blanks

It was not all easy Gradually the workshop has, well, fallen into place. The motivating factor all along was to be able to work efficiently and create the extra time we needed to not only make efficiently but film too. Filming pretty much triples my time because not only do I have to make a prototype, […]

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Season’s Changing

We had a great and very hot summer for the UK and I am glad the hot weather has gone and we have a little more mildness. Taking my walks confirms the changing season and we have fully ripe rose hips, lots of blackberries and the leaves are falling in both the horse chestnuts and […]

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Flexing Your Muscle Power

Someone told me I had to get an impact driver. It was silly really, I felt. He didn’t know me at all. He didn’t know my financial circumstance. He didn’t understand me. He couldn’t know I didn’t want one because he would only be able to see his own perspective. More importantly he couldn’t see […]

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From Narrow Scraps…

…useful additions for laminated projects come to be. I don’t really throw much wood away, it costs too much, even thin strips that seem like throwaway offcuts and often cause clutter can be organised in bins and buckets on end and kept for use in a well-designed small project. This week I took some such […]

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More Spokeshave Reality

I am never sure what to make of thick thin, hard, softer when it comes to plane irons and spokeshave blades. They have all worked for me through the decades but many reviews are biased one way or another depending on whether, hovering somewhere in the background, you actually derive income to some degree or […]

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