How to apply shellac as practical wood finish

To read more about choosing a finish on our Common Woodworking site, click here. To read more about what finishes to buy, click here. Brushing on Shellac: A Glass-like Finish I use shellac for all of my projects; either as single sanding coat before painting or varnishing, or as a full finish. Many sanding sealers…

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My creative workspace #20

We worked a great deal on workshop projects over the past week: Everything from saw restoration to my new mahogany box, working with students and friends to finish up the new projects. My work is all about changing lives and welcoming changes in myself. New challenges come hard some times, but compelling ideas take compelling…

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A walk in the woods

Last night I walked through the giant beech trees on my way home from the workshop and then again I spent some time in the woods on my way to the castle. It is a good and practical thing to reflect on the substance of what I work with before the great reduction takes place…

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Handmade #151 in bronze and others

The #151 has been made by many manufacturers since the patent expired. Even some of the cheaper ones work really well and I think for two reasons: One, the throat is wide open and allows unfettered shavings to rise into and through the throat with no grab by the body of the spokeshave and; two,…

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The Stanley #151 Spokeshave

Three years ago a woodworking guru in a British woodworking magazine gave advise to  a new woodworker because he had asked why he couldn’t get good results from his Stanley #151 The tool kept digging in and gouging the wood. The guru gave no remedial advise to the writer. He actually stated that you cannot…

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Completing another Foundational Course

We had a wonderful day at the workshop today. Course it is Easter weekend in North Wales and our region is noted internationally as a region of outstanding natural beauty, but we opened our New Legacy woodwork school doors for visitors today just so they could sample what real woodworking is all about and we…

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My creative workspace

    Every artisan must develop and then own his or her sphere of creativity in which to produce their works. My creative workspace holds all of the essentials I need to work productively and the more people working with me in that sphere the more the sphere of creativity increases in potential.   A…

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Norris Planes Are Wonderful Old Tools

Some planes fly and some level the surface of wood. Well, this Norris of London plane does both. It fair flies across the wood and it superbly surfaces the defects to perfection at the same time.  This one needed no repair and has all of the original components. It’s a well-used model as can be…

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Foundational Course Part II-Last Day

My day started in my home workshop working on some old oak I recycled  from an old oak gate-leg table made from quartersawn English oak stock. It planes so beautifully and the quartersawn oak figuring is stunning. I really like the idea of making something recycled from old pieces that seem not to fit with today’s lifestyle.…

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My Creative Workspace

Today, I drove my car up to the castle workshops. On my bike I see things I would never see, and hear things I would never hear. The road is quiet.     I stop to smell yesterday’s mown grass in the fileds beyond the castle walls and hear the newborn lambs call for their…

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