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Making Shavings With ‘Little John’

Here’s some footage that I took a few weeks ago when we first received our video camera and it makes a nice demonstration of our new ‘Little John’ workbench. We had an hour to spare and though Richard was in a rather grumpy mood (see if you can tell!) he decided to knock up a simple box so I could play about with the camera. You’ll see just how solid the workbench is and hopefully enjoy watching all those shavings being made.

For more details on the ‘Little John’ workbench you can check back to last weeks post or take a look at its page in our online shop.


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14 Responses to "Making Shavings With ‘Little John’"

  1. Andy says:

    That’s a rather good demonstration of how to do proper hand woodworking – efficient, quiet and enjoyable!

    1. Richard says:

      Thanks Andy, and without needing any machines or power tools everyones workshop’s big enough!

  2. patrick anderson says:

    Great to watch you at work, you should make more videos! The bench looked more than up to the task as well.

    1. Richard says:

      ‘make more videos’…. well there’s certainly a few plans in the pipeline, thanks for the encouragement.

  3. Paul Chapman says:

    Excellent. Hand tools rule, OK ;-)

    1. Richard says:

      Yeah, hand tools do rule! (except for when cutting 12″ x 6″ reclaimed oak beams… then my chain saw rules ;) )

  4. Jeff says:

    A very nice video and a very functional little workbench. It just shows that one does not need to build a 500 lb timber frame barn scaled structure for cabinetmaking. It also well illustrates the great value of a tailvise, something that has gone out of fashion within one vocal hand tool subculture.

    1. Richard says:

      Hi Jeff, thanks for your comment. I’ve really been amazed at how much I’ve enjoyed working at this little bench. A lot of the time it’s a misconception that if you just build the heaviest bench possible it won’t move or rack. I think its more important to design it right and build it well. You can certainly work without a tail vice, I did this for many years and still have a bench without one although if you can have one they’re incredibly useful!

  5. James says:

    I love the fixings you used, can you tell us where they are available from?

    1. Richard says:

      Hi James, if you bang ‘hand forged nail’ in to Ebay (of all places) you should come up with something similar. Alternatively most blacksmiths will be happy to make you some but they generally sell them by the pound or kilogram so it can get expensive if you only need a small quanitity and a variety of sizes.
      Many thanks.

      1. James says:

        Thanks Richard, very helpful. You have inspired me to try and produce a box or two.

        1. Richard says:

          James, that’s jolly good to hear. Good luck with your boxes and if you take any pics we’d love to see them.

  6. Ken says:

    Richard, so nice to see these small projects being made with hand tools, I really enjoy the hole proses.
    I’m not a power tool knocker, they do have there place in todays workshop, but hand skills should never be lost.

    I love the workbench, I work from home and it looks just right for the projects I make. You have me saving my pennies now buddy, nice job.

    Very Best

    1. Richard says:

      Thanks Ken, I’d certainly never knock power tools either and everything works in the right balance. As far as the enjoyment goes though it has to be hand tools for me and there’s really no reason they can’t be just as productive.

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