My eye scans the winding sticks that span the oak and there the twist stands proud beyond my half cocked eye The rough plane strikes the highs to bring them low and so again I span the oak with sticks to see if winding still stands proud And soon my hands deliver power through the…

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I don’t know of many that rely on winding sticks for detecting twist in boards and billets these days but I use mine often as in days past most woodworkers did. Like the square and the shooting board, these simple pieces were essential to producing accurate work; a slight twist on one rail or stile…

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I felt troubled that anyone would consider buying what can readily be made from real wood. Especially for real woodworkers. I can understand someone buying their initial workbench in certain circumstances but eventually it’s most likely they will rise to the challenge of building their first workbench themselves. Having something to work from might possibly…

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Here are some drawings to help                                     Corner inlay The corner rebate is best done with a marking gauge, knife and tenon saw. The Veritas marking gauge works well for this type of gauge work as it works like a…

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  • KeithW on Prepping Wood IIII did a similar thing with the legs adding a central lamination made from 2 offcuts. Made heavier legs and moved the strong support inwards. I know that it is probably overkill, bu…
  • Sylvain on Prepping Wood IIIFor some applications, it is not necessary to keep the board in one piece. Then one can flatten each piece, loosing less wood. That is what I did for my workbench top. Some layers…
  • Catherine Robertson on I Rely on Two or Three Plain PlanesOK. I admit it, I'm a tool junkie/addict. Despite having virtually every plane, chisel and saw Lie-Nielsen has ever made I must agree with Pauls concept. I vary it slightly by basi…
  • Paul Sellers on Prepping Wood IIIWaste or necessary. Centuries of development and progress have resulted mostly in the development of plastic substitutes, MDF, pressed fibreboards, OSB but almost zero developments…
  • Andrew on Prepping Wood IIIRemoving wood to straighten and flatten it seems wasteful. I can't help wondering whether applying and maintaining torsion and bending moments, then steaming it, might achieve the…
  • Paul Sellers on Prepping Wood IIII think our group are always so helpful in steering us and there are many nuances to the English language and the English people that need a lot of explaining sometimes. Even the E…
  • sylvain on Prepping Wood IIIJe remercie les commentateurs ci-dessus pour leur leçon sur les subtilités de la langue anglaise. Sans doute aurais-je du écrire : "what is your opinion about..."