Don’t Gang Up On Me

From time to time, whether in a class or online, someone asks the age old question, “Can’t you put several dovetail pieces together and cut several dovetails all at once?” I usually ask them why they would and the answer’s are always the same. “Speed! Saves on repeat layouts. Gets the job done!” That sort […]

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What Does Woodworking Mean?

So vast a topic, does the term ‘woodworking‘ state much of anything definitive when you say the word? Talk to woodland workers weaving hazel stems and weavers into a panel of fencing and you have one kind of worker of wood but in the raw as it were. Another bends a springy sapling attached to […]

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Plywood Workbench Update

I actually made two workbenches to the pattern we’re giving in the video series. It follows the same principle pattern as my earlier models made from solid and laminated wood because my research via questionnaires and such showed that we had hit the mark with regards to the important factors. Three decades ago we tackled […]

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Garden Bench Finishes

Finishes come in many different forms. The confusion is great and opinions based only on opinion and little more serve to make things worse. I’ll try not add only opinion but tell from my personal experiences. It might work. Oils intended to soak into surface fibres are supposed to, as they seem always to say […]

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Milling Oak…

…For My Garden Bench Parts So it’s oak. It’s 5″ thick and you need 3 1/2″. There is no doubt that the bandsaw makes shorter work of ripping it to size but there is still plenty of labour surface planing and squaring up adjacent faces. My hands slowly and tentatively slide over the surfaces of […]

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Plywood Workbench Is Out

Not everyone is one of our free subscribers to woodworkingmasterclasses so you might not know the woodworkingmasterclasses crew has put together an amazing video series on building my very unique plywood workbench that everyone is currently enjoying. You can subscribe to woodworkingmasterclasses for free and watch both Episodes I & 2, which are both currently […]

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Quiz Questions: Part I

In this design I considered a variety of issues for woodworkers of all levels to consider. Some considerations surround the joinery while others consider the use of tools. In any product design using solid wood, and this project uses only solid wood, the designer must consider such things as shrinkage, swelling of wood fibres, things […]

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Added Value Quiz For You!

Finishing off making the two-drawer organiser and filming it too made the week special. Filming for me is never without its trials, not the least of which is the interruption my brain goes through after a lifetime of developing as near an uninterrupted flow to my work. I have been used to the momentary disruptions […]

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Making My Tool Organiser

I enjoyed building this two or more decades ago. I’ve enjoyed using it. I’ve enjoyed the organisation it’s brought to my work but, making yet another, what I have enjoyed is that it’s perfect for teaching the basics of carcass construction including drawer making. It was never intended as a teaching project when I made […]

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How To Make Change

In my early days of trying to correct what went wrong, I tried to engage with so-called professional woodworking entities like woodworking magazines, woodworking outlets like Woodcraft and Rockler in the USA and my own woodworking schools Stateside and here in the UK. I soon realised that such entities had their own agenda of making […]

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