Foundational Course Part 2-Day 2

The day moved along quickly for everyone, but for the main part all the legs were mortised and the tenons cut and partly fitted. Mortise and tenon joinery is not necessarily easy, but I teach several ways to make the joint and they try these out to see which they prefer. Tomorrow they must shape the legs […]

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Woodworking Questions

If you have any questions on woodworking, we will try to answer them from a working craftsman’s background. I answer hundreds of questions each month.       These questions are often duplicate questions and my answer could actually be answering your questions and your questions might be someone else’s. From the wood finishes we use or […]

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Arts and Crafts Movement

In my creative workspace I make new pieces from old wood and old center-pieces complementary with new wood. Today I took the panels from my dismantled car-boot find to the workshop and started to patch up the fractured and missing inlays and refinish the surfaces as needed.   In places the strings of checkered inlay […]

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Hound’s tooth Dovetails

    Here is another handcut dovetail joint I made this weekend at the Penrhyn Castle workshops whilst my class was going on. Turned out OK. The secondary wood is Oak and primary wood is Sapele Mahogany.   I like the less showy and less stark contrast of oak with mahogany rather than the whiteness of maple […]

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Veritas Router Plane

I have used this little hand router for many years. It replaced my old Stanley router #271 as it’s slightly larger than the Stanley model and finely made as is the standard for Veritas Tools. This one has no fine adjustment mechanism and it’s not really necessary because quite, simply, it’s much simpler to move […]

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Arts and crafts find #3

Recycling wood just got better…   I hoped all week that the vendor hadn’t sold them and there they ere this morning. We struck a deal and so I brought them home to my workshop. …pass it on! Not too many pieces like this are around the flleamarkets and car boot sales, but in the […]

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The harmony of dovetails

I cut these dovetails yesterday from mahogany and oak. Such simple saw cuts split the fibers to separate the waste from the wanted and tails remain. The second I trace, each with the knife’s point, and then, again, the knife, the chisel and the saw cuts define the remaining shape until two unmarried parts become joined inextricably, irrevocably, […]

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