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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  • Jurandyr on Toolbox Build UpdateSorry, correcting: "I have worked in just about every western wood there is..." South American woods too?
  • Jurandyr on Toolbox Build Update"Trabalhei em quase todas as madeiras ocidentais que existem..." South American woods too?
  • Elliott Timms on Toolbox Build UpdateTool storage has become a real problem for me, since getting the woodworking had tool bug I'm fast upgrading storage of the ever increasing collection of previously unloved and neg…
  • Michael on Toolbox Build UpdateI have been doing this for years. Most of my wife's garden tables and potting tables are made of pallets, some with rollers mounted to move around. In this country (the Netherlands…
  • Jeffrey on Toolbox Build UpdateHi Paul What fits in the toolbox, exactly? Certainly not a full size saw? Pax, Jeff
  • Stephen McGonigle on Toolbox Build UpdateI have the tops from 15+ oak drop leaf or gateleg tables. A wonderful source and cheap if they're stained or marked. Seasoned for 80-100 years! I bought a 7' ash wardrobe at auctio…
  • Stephen McGonigle on Toolbox Build UpdateDennis, have a look at Paul's videos. There's a lot of information sharpening, all given in Paul's inimitable no nonsense style. If you haven't got his Essential Woodworking Handbo…