I don't know about you but I've always found that if I have anything more than an ample space to work then the extra will just get filled up and cluttered - or as my Dad always puts it 'the bigger the van, the more crap you carry'. When we moved to this workshop a couple of years ago our space … [Read more...]
Slowed Down By The Machine.
If you read our blog regularly then you'll probably have picked up that I love my hand tools but would never deny my dependence on a few basic machines when it comes to building our workbenches. I wouldn't wish to become too reliant on numerous complicated machines though and one of the reasons is … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]
What’s The Plan?
I've always found that Helen and I make a good team and I'm certainly very lucky to have her many skills at my disposal. She's the sort of person who can put her hand to pretty much anything she needs to learn but her specific training was in design and technical drawing. She's worked on many great … [Read more...]
Don’t Push It!
I’ve often found that the most rewarding things in life come from learning something new. Of course it’s always been said that knowledge is power but I think for me it’s much more to do with setting small personal challenges and being able to reach them; there’s nothing better than being able to do … [Read more...]
Holdfasts – Get A Grip! VIDEO
Extras: Use Your Holdfast As A Tail Vice Shown In This Quick Video Bench Dogs - Round or Square? Improve The Grip Of Your Holdfasts for better work holding In this quick video I demonstrate my method for increasing the holding power of a smooth shafted holdfast. It's a simple … [Read more...]
What Can I expect? (Video Sneak Peek)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkFkrow843A&feature=youtu.be Many people have asked us what can they expect from our videos? Will they be on a separate website, on a DVD and do they have to pay for them? Well to be honest these are questions that we have been asking ourselves over and over … [Read more...]
For those of you who think a workbench should be rough and ready, you may well cringe at the bench I have to show you today. In fact when this customer enquired with a request that the workbench should be built from cherry, even I thought it was pushing things a bit posh. The workbench was to … [Read more...]
Under Rated Tools
I was thinking this morning whilst pluging down on the slightly broken handle of my pillar drill that I am always stood at this machine. It's a tool that I barely take account of and really didn't give any thought to it's quality or durability when I bought it as I'd expected to need it only now and … [Read more...]
One Thousand Steps…
What are the pitfalls of being in a workbench business? This is not your everyday question but is something I was asked recently by a chap who is interested in setting up just that and hence it's a question I've been giving of thought. Most of the time I don't really consider our business to be … [Read more...]
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