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Hand Plane Rant – VIDEO

Hand Plane Rant – VIDEO

In this rant I go through some of my thoughts when choosing and using bench planes. This is a topic I could talk about all week, so to stop me rambling on I’d love to hear any particular questions you have and I’ll look at coming back to this in a future video. … Read entire article »

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Housing Rant – VIDEO

Housing Rant – VIDEO

This week I’m ranting on about housing joints and minimal tools. We did run in to some technical difficulties with the sound so it is a bit crackly in places and a bit choppy, so I hope you don’t get lost and I’m sure you’ll forgive us. … Read entire article »

The Making Bug

The Making Bug

As a kid I wasn’t a traditionalist, not by a long shot. I remember me and my brother banging out hundreds of hours competing on the Sega Megadrive. My earliest tool cravings weren’t for hand tools either but for the ones with power and noise. I remember my Dad had a cordless Makita when they first came out, and I … Read entire article »

Mallet Rant – VIDEO

Mallet Rant – VIDEO

Here’s video blog number one. I’m starting out with a quick rant about ‘lumpy’ my mallet since this was one of our most repeated comments from the previous videos.   … Read entire article »

New YouTube Videos.

New YouTube Videos.

We have a quick announcement today. We’ve been working on this new idea for a while but didn’t want to mention too much on the blog before now as we’ve had an unpredictable last year which has made us conscious of false promises. We know now that things are ready to go, we have the first video all filmed along … Read entire article »

More On Buying Hand Tools

More On Buying Hand Tools

Advice on buying hand tools is always an interesting and provocative subject that has the ability to either enlighten or confuse those new to woodworking. On the surface there are many contradictory approaches to planning your first tool kit, dig a little deeper and this becomes tenfold. Ultimately there is no right or wrong and so the only satisfying end … Read entire article »

Observations On A Craftsman (Part One)

Observations On A Craftsman (Part One)

In our previous workshop time had allowed us to create a systematic approach to building workbenches. The fine tuned layout allowed the work to flow like a human driven conveyor belt; from timber entering through the door to passing over machines, and as the wood traveled physically from the front the the back of the workshop it became progressively more … Read entire article »

Which Wood?

Which Wood?

When thinking of a new project to start a question which always needs to be determined is which wood to use. For personal projects the obvious answer for me is often pine, since I usually have some to hand or know it won’t be too expensive if I haven’t. But there’s a familiar feeling which comes with this decision, a … Read entire article »

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I’ve never been one for resolutions but there’s no doubt that today marks a great opportunity to pause and consider what we’ve been doing for the past year, and what may lay ahead. I hate to sound ungrateful, but I’m making a sigh of relief to see the back of 2014. It was a productive year for us and one … Read entire article »

Technical Difficulties

We have gotten over many difficulties this year but are still facing a small battle trying to get our internet connection at the new workshop. We’ve a kind neighbour who has allowed us to sneak access now and then, but as the weather turns ever more dreary the prospect of hovering in the hedge trying to get signal becomes less and less desirable. I wanted to say hi and keep you interested with a few thoughts of what we’re working on. As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Helen is writing a great article about oil paint which she’s been making for my chair, and I’ve got a post ready on why cross grain planing when … Read entire article »