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Allergic To Work

Allergic To Work

When you wake up in the fire wood pile with a nose bleed you know that something is going to have to give. I’d been having migraines for a little while which was odd as headaches are not something I’ve ever suffered with, and I’m rubbish at putting up with it. I’m not one to moan about feeling ill though and I’m very well looked after (Helen feeds me like a king!), my job keeps me … Read entire article »

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Learning to Saw

Learning to Saw

Seeing all the variety of work that Richard does I had almost certainly overlooked the technicalities of simply sawing to a line. I’ve been pottering now and then as mentioned in my post earlier this year and I’d finally found the time this past weekend and persuaded Richard to put a bit of thought in to teaching me something properly. I have several … Read entire article »

Having Your Say

Having Your Say

It’s just a quick one today as I wanted to bring up the matter of comments on our blog. It’s always been a great incentive to write knowing that people are adding their own bit and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who joins in. Your comments have become an important part of the blog for … Read entire article »

Water Stones are Crap…

Water Stones are Crap…

…yep, they are nothing but a pain in the arse. In constant need of maintenance, they are soft and messy. Most of the time that really is how I feel, but before I send you in to a raging protest please let me give a few more details. There are certain topics in woodworking that can often be seen up for debate … Read entire article »

My Two Extremes

My Two Extremes

No…I don’t mean my two personalities. When I out grew a small home workshop I had to take our business of workbench building to a new setting. I’d nearly always worked in small wooden buildings so moving everything in to a stark breeze block and corrugated metal unit felt alien. The space was cavernous and everything about it was cold and … Read entire article »

What Would You Do?

What Would You Do?

The extractor bags inflated in to life and the thicknesser whirled up in to action. My knees buckled, back groaned as I took hold and lifted up half a bench top. I eased it on to the table of the thicknesser and heard the familiar sound of the anti-kick back fingers lock in to place. Then I realised my mistake. … Read entire article »

The Hardpoint Saw

The Hardpoint Saw

Like any item designed to be used and then chucked, hardpoint saws are not the best type of tool to be promoting. But I did decide to use one throughout my workbench build. It was difficult to know what tooling to use in our video because I’m hoping that many people will want to watch and learn from it so … Read entire article »

Workbench Video

Workbench Video

You may have noticed that we’ve been a little quiet on our blog over the past month or so and this is because we’ve been spending a lot of time at the barns (no internet). I’ve been building my English bench as you may well know and as mentioned earlier we’ve been filming along as we go. Our original plans for … Read entire article »

Oh So Tempting!

Oh So Tempting!

I am now fully committed to using a wooden screw in this workbench but oh… the temptation! I had Mr Arnold’s beautiful old metal screw looking at me from across the workshop as I started to assemble the bench this morning, so I just had to poke it in! I’m very much looking forward to telling you the plans I do have for this lovely … Read entire article »

Expansive Bits

Expansive Bits

It’s certainly not an essential tool but if you ever come by an expansive auger it’s definitely worth grabbing as they’re a great get out of shite card in the workshop. I’ve had this one for years and its come in useful many times when drilling out for something a bit obscure. It goes right up to 3″ diameter which … Read entire article »