If you want some good news then just scroll to the bottom… The last few lines or so. If you want a jolly good moan, then read on. There's that old saying about knowledge being power, or the force is strong with you, or something along those lines. That doesn't really work now. With the … [Read more...]
Dear Tool Manufacturer…
...why can't you make thick irons laminated? Why is it that my Grandad doesn't grind. My Dad doesn't have a grinder. And up until me buying swanky tools, I never had to grind? Hard steels and thick irons. It's a combination which wasn't found in my Grandad's workshop. And that thick hard … [Read more...]
New Series – Work Faster, Neater & Be In Control!
https://youtu.be/OSEOrttE2Ac Our latest video series is all about sharpening edge tools. But it's not just about getting sharp. It's a detailed yet entertaining look at the perfect edge, right from the very concept of sharpening, through to optimising precisely for a given task. There are 7 … [Read more...]
Bevel Up Plane – The One Plane To Rule Them All?
I first bought my bevel up Jack for planing end grain on thick workbench tops. I'd always been a normal steel, conventional plane kind of chap before building workbenches, but hand tools can moan and groan a bit at certain woods and I was building workbenches with a lot of kiln dried ash. A few … [Read more...]
Choosing Timber – The Best Wood For Building A Workbench
If you're going to build yourself a chest of drawers, what wood would you build it out of? You'd build it out of whatever you fancy building it out of. What you like, what's to hand, what's cheapest. Who, bloody cares? It's the same when you're building a workbench. Obviously, I can't … [Read more...]
Holdfasts – How Should You Be Using Them?
When I started building workbenches, I pushed my way of working on to my customers. I wasn't aware I was doing this. But my cave's a small place, and I forget there's other people out there. Every workbench went out complete with sliding board jack, large planing stop, a pair of bench … [Read more...]
Chisels For Dovetailing
No matter how quick and functional a build may be in everything we make, we should be aiming at clean, tight joints. I don't like excuses for shoddy joinery. For the most part my Marples bevel edge chisels are up to this task. But some joints demand a bit more refinement and more importantly, … [Read more...]
Chisels For All Needs (Almost)
Chisels are a simple tool. Simple but useful. For hand tool woodworking, we really can't be without them, so your skills with a chisel should be built up early. But which chisels do you need? Traditionally, there was a different chisel for just about every job. But like a lot of areas with … [Read more...]
Completed With Ebonising
We're always stumped at how much to cover in our videos. But as usual, with our Side Table Series we decided to just give it our all, and make it priced for all with an interest. So along with the build, we used the last chapter of this Series to cover our two part receipe and approach to … [Read more...]
Perfect Tracking & Japanese Hand Saws
I've been standing on top of my workbench again. Strangely I'm up there quite a lot. Sometimes I just lay on there... and think. I've been a long time obsessive of Japanese woodworking. I find it truly fascinating and have promised myself if I make it to retirement, I'll treat myself to a nice … [Read more...]
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