I've decided to write a full review on the Veritas Inset vice shortly since the idea was kindly recommended in a comment by Bill (Billy's Little Bench) last week. For now though I'd like to share a quick extra step that I take when I'm fitting one of these vices. Since introducing our Little John … [Read more...]
This is to be our first vice to go in to the new (yet to be named) range of sensibly priced, well made hardware. It's a pinless leg vice with St Peter's cross mechanism. The steel screw has a nice rapid thread which is custom made to be coarser than normal to give a faster pace of opening, making … [Read more...]
A Naff Day!
It's been a long day and we've not long got back and settled down. I've spent a good while now aimlessly stirring my tea and gazing in to the pot looking for answers. You see, today's been one of those days when you smash one of your favourite planes. I was just getting ready to start the next … [Read more...]
Where To Sit The Bench?
It seems to be normal practice to sit a workbench against a wall and this is something I've often done myself. But having worked in many different layouts I now tend to favour bringing the workbench right out away from the wall instead. In a small workshop this can feel like a huge waste of space … [Read more...]
The Boring Benefit
I wouldn't blame anyone for thinking that draw boring is one of those traditional techniques kept alive only as an ambition for keeping the old stuff in use. After all I'm sure there could be arguement to say that with our good modern glues teamed with the accessibility of descent clamps we just … [Read more...]
Build A Small Wall Cupboard – Part Two. VIDEO
This is part two of our small wall cupboard build. If you haven't seen part one yet then you catch up first by clicking here. This time we're tarting the whole thing up, attaching the face frame, shelf and the back. I certainly hope you'll enjoy watching and if you fancy building along … [Read more...]
Hand Cutting Rebates – Back To Basics Approach VIDEO
In our current project, The Small Wall Cupboard, we use the rebate joint as the main method of joinery. In this video I show you an alternative approach to cutting the rebate joint by hand with only the very basic of tools. As I mention in the video, this isn't the text book approach to … [Read more...]
My Name’s Richard & I’m A Tool Well Hater…
...(and I also drink far too much tea!). I'm not writing this post as a lecture or to try and educate you about tool wells, it's more about me asking for your own views and experiences. For pretty much my whole life I've hated tool wells. I was born a tool well hater and yes, I do think hate is the … [Read more...]
Build A Small Wall Cupboard – Part One. VIDEO
The Wall Cupboard Plan - download the PDF So here we have part one of our Wall Cupboard build. As we've mentioned on the run up this is a nice simple project with small material costs so the absolute beginner will be able to give it a go, and it's certainly great fun for the experienced … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]
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