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George Leaves…

…Me in Good Stead It was a sad day for all The day George left the workshop was filled with much well-wishing but it was a sad day and especially so for me. Until now we had both ridden our bikes out of the yard and on up the cobbled streets to see who gave…

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My Goals

I have probably owned or used just about every type of plane and saw produced, be they the lowest of the low end and the highest of the high end and then those in between. That’s not altogether true, but I have used a lot. One of the nicest planes I ever used to plane…

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I Like These Things

Going South Over the past few months I have been looking at vintage pillar drills (or they could be called drill presses too if you live in the States.) I didn’t know too much about them in the beginning but my knowledge grew as I investigated. The difference between the models is fairly significant as…

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I Think It’s Good

My day unfolds without a plan some days, but I embrace the steps as each one obviates the course I’m taking. Today I cut wood for the dovetail tester box I promised and I was happy that from it’s rough state it planed out so well with a jack and smoother. Sharpening up takes but…

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Finishing Your Wood

It’s the number one fear for most woodworkers, a little agitated skip from foot to foot as you toss the rag from hand to hand. I understand this. Mostly it’s because it’s an area of work that is indeed the least predictable for a guaranteed outcome and especially if your read up on the subject…

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A Poor Man’s Raspy Thingy

My reason for revisiting the issue of shaping wood by hand is this: I think that it is very likely that people in general cannot spend a £120 on a rasp to make a project like say a spoon that they do not know if they will like producing more of into the future. We’ve…

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Work ‘n’ Play

I walk every evening after supper for about an hour or so, so three or four miles works well for me. This happens no matter the weather, but a storm might stop me once in a while or at least shorten the distance by a mile. I don’t watch the TV much once every three…

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I’m On Your Case

It’s more a vernacular bookcase really. Something locally designed and built to last at a fair price without going cheap in any way. The thing is it is self-assembly, solid wood, manually, mentally and emotionally demanding/stimulating, but all in the most positive doable thing to do which is more than I can say for the…

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I Read a Review

I did! It was a review on some chisels a person bought. The commenter said it took her or him four hours to flatten the back of a chisel on a diamond sharpening plate. I thought to myself, ‘Is that really true or even possible? Can fine-grained, chrome manganese steel hardened to 59HRC be so…

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Dovetail Tester

There is no substitute for practice before and in the process of actually cutting dovetails. Occasionally someone gets it straight off but mostly not. The exercises early on improve your chances of success and aiming for the bullseye of a good result is definitely a question of ‘getting your eye in’ before the real work…

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  • Michael Michalofsky on My GoalsHusbands come and go Very funny
  • Paul Reuvers on George Leaves…Great story Paul. Always nice to read personal stories and experience a part of your past. I think you are a great mentor yourself. Thanks for being a mentor to us.
  • Robert Estes on Finishing Your WoodIn the olden days, (late fifties} my woodshop teacher had his system down pat. A coat of stain if wanted, An application of grain filler or two, a brushed on coat of sanding sealer…
  • Paul Sellers on I Think It’s GoodI religiously go through the grits every time. Starting not on the medium but the coarse because `i find no benefit in skipping the first level as it's this one that gets rid of th…
  • Paul Sellers on My GoalsNow you've just expanded the lifetime of a sharp edge to twice as long whereas even the Canadian manufacturing company says up to 30% longer. Plus, how on earth are you measuring t…
  • Paul Sellers on My GoalsNo idea. Remember that manufacturers and salesmen and women sell stuff and don't actually use it. And facts are hard to prove for us little guys.
  • Paul Sellers on My GoalsIt was to do with copyright issues that we decided not to make the plane. You can of course make one on your own and use it yourself. I am more content with my metal planes though,…
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