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Knowing Your Customers and Being Known by Them

  I don’t believe it is unrealistic to derive your full income from being a woodworker no matter where you are in the world. It does seem that some governments have legislated protectionism into its governance for different reasons and not the least of which is ensuring protection for the customer or should I say…

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Coping with Coping Saws – An Addendum

For clarity, here are a couple of pictures showing the coped cuts of a skirting board (base trim US) using a mitre’s cut to define the shape and the coped cuts from a coping saw used on the push stroke. Hope it helps with clarity.

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Making My Mallet – Streamlining the Head

Shaping oak is not hard at all. In fact, it’s a pleasant experience to saw it and plane it and it’s easy work with hand tools – especially easy. My mallet needs a quite a bit of aerodynamic streamlining to give it perfect balance and good centre of percussion. Shaping needs only a few sharp…

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A day in church – Chester cathedral

A day studying ecclesiastical craft work is always humbling. The good thing is that you encounter many diverse crafts in one location and often the surrounding streets. Lofty sandstone arches vault four stories above to peak in perfect symmetry – the result of men’s hands chiselling and sawing blocks, carving arches and chiselling leaves and…

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Buy this as a saw kit

http://www.traditionalwoodworker.com/Tenon-Saw-Spear-Jackson-Traditional-10/productinfo/794-9540B/ Hello everyone, This is more just a thought really. A few years ago I bought the saw above. I am including the description to take the description point by point. Before I start I want to say that this saw is made from good, solid beech wood, good thick brass and quality high-carbon steel.…

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Hope chest glue up

Some times I simply want to declare that my day went great today even though so many things tug at my time. I am not sure who the first person was that said “I had a great day.”, but somehow it seems, well, flat. Going into my workshop doesn’t so much excite me but, more,…

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Know anyone called Reeves?

Must be a woodworker with an initial T. A friend of the school donated some tools to the school this weekend and amongst the tools was a steel name stamp with the stamp name T REEVES.     Craftsmen through two centuries have used personal name stamps like this to mark their tools permanently. It would be…

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Waterstone wearout

Sharpening stones: honing skill and knowledge Ever thought through the process of using so-called Japanese water stones or waterstones? The principle of fracturing surfaces that create new cutting particles to abrade your steel makes good sense. We all want something that cuts steel fast when it comes to sharpening. Especially if we are in the…

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Wine Rack Intro

Yes, it’s out! I made this from scraps from some other projects and then the colour contrasting mahogany from a vintage 1850s table leg. Magic! I think you will enjoy watching as well as making it. It’s a four-part series with the last episode out on Christmas day. That means in Australia it is too…

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Bread Stow…

…otherwise known as a breadbox too. Here’s the link for you get started watching the series: Why change the name? Oh, well, I have seen so many breadboxes with tambour openings I didn’t want anyone confusing what my intent was. Silly I know. This design was planned out in detail in my head from the…

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  • Joshua Hohnerlein on Shameful Stanley UKThat’s the unfortunate sad truth of the corporate worlds. I absolutely love my wood handle Aldi chisels. They’re very comfortable and maintain such a sharp edge. I would much rathe…
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  • Travis on Life’s a Poem…I love the way Roy Underhill and Peter Follensbee can start with a log and end up with something of use. Lacking a ready supply of trees, it's dimensoned lumber for me. When I saw…
  • Keith Clark on Shameful Stanley UK" It’s not the materials, nor is it the production methods, it’s using unskilled and uncaring staff, supervisors and managers. Funny thing is though. They are not ashamed at all!"…
  • Paul Sellers on Shameful Stanley UKI don't think people are necessarily looking for a bargain so much as a fair and honest product at a fair and honest price. This time of inferior products being made under what wer…
  • Paul Sellers on Shameful Stanley UKI think that the Aldi chisel is well proven proof. I'm the one that introduced them to the woodworking world as a serious chisel and for ten years Aldi stocked them and sold them m…
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