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The Three Stooges

The Three Stooges

I love a good chair. You really can’t over estimate the need for your own little resting spot; a place to take the weight off, enjoy a good meal, or even detach you from a drab space while you become engrossed in something much more interesting. A chair should be sturdy and dependable but by no means needs to be complicated. For me, the simpler the better, and my favourite spot in the workshop is … Read entire article »

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Sligo – Worth A Second Look

Sligo – Worth A Second Look

As a designer I tend to look at pieces of furniture for their aesthetic first whilst Richard, and I’m sure many of yourselves as well, look at things for how they’re made instead. When I first came across a chair similar to the one shown it was a fairly poor example and I must admit I near enough passed it by without much notice. Richard on the otherhand was intrigued and had to investigate further. His attraction … Read entire article »

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Time To Build A Tool Chest

Time To Build A Tool Chest

From the first time I traveled to a show to display my workbenches I’ve been meaning to build myself a tool chest for lugging my hand tools along with me. It’s the sort of project that requires quite a lot of thought to ensure everything will fit in nicely so this seems to have been my main excuse for not getting around to building it. Yesterday we were filming our video to demonstrate clinching and … Read entire article »

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Tomorrow’s The Day!

Tomorrow’s The Day!

I’m very pleased to say that the first part of our Wall Cupboard video will be available tomorrow. Helen’s been hard at it with the editing and though it’s taken a few days longer than expected we’re learning fast and really starting to enjoy making these – I’m already thinking about the next project! We’ll post on here and also on our YouTube channel so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it! In this … Read entire article »

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The Wall Cupboard – Downloadable Plan

The Wall Cupboard – Downloadable Plan

The English Woodworker – Wall Cupboard Plan As promised I can now bring you the plan to go alongside our Wall Cupboard Video. We’ll take you step by step through this build over three videos and we wanted to provide you with the means to follow along. The simple design lends itself well to being scaled up or down to meet your own storage requirements. If you need any help in working out your own dimensions then just … Read entire article »

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The Wall Cupboard

The Wall Cupboard

I’m currently editing our next video and this one’s going to be a little longer with a little more woodworking than what you’ve seen so far. This will be following a project from start to finish and the complete build will published over three parts. When we set about a video like this we’ll always aim to make it clear what the build entails. With this first project we’ve opted to keep things simple with a piece that can … Read entire article »

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Broken Stand

Broken Stand

If there’s one thing I dread more than most it’s hearing back from a customer who’s got a problem with something I’ve built. Fortunately this rarely happens but at the end of last week just as I was happily looking forward to the weekend it seemed like things had indeed gone pear shaped. Back in March I built a music stand for our local silver band. Friday afternoon I was pelting away at some mortices minding … Read entire article »

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Throw Away The Tape Measure!

Throw Away The Tape Measure!

This little primitive looking stool is one of the earliest pieces I built which my mother still has so it’s well treasured. It was built with little more than an axe, a hard point saw, bit & brace and a chisel. It certainly isn’t grand nor something to be proud of but I think it’s a nice simple piece which can still illustrate many of the principles that  I aim for when I’m building furniture. It … Read entire article »

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Completed Music Stand

Completed Music Stand

After a couple of coats of tung oil and some clear beeswax here are the finished photos of the music stand as promised. If you haven’t read Richard’s first post on the stand then you can take a look here. I can always tell when Richard’s enjoying himself because he comes out with a quaint little whistle. I couldn’t begin to tell you what the tune’s supposed to be but I heard it a lot this … Read entire article »

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Oak Music Stand

Oak Music Stand

I’ve been working on an unusual commission this weekend; a music stand for the local Silver Band. It’s so dainty and light weight compared to building a workbench yet there were some important considerations when it came to strength especially since this was to be used by the conductor and I’m told there’s a lot of music it needs to hold. With a workbench if I want to ensure a part is strong enough my tendency … Read entire article »

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