Out and About

by | Jul 12, 2013 | 7 comments

We’ve been busy this afternoon getting packed up and ready for a long trek out in the morning. Richard has gathered together just a ‘few’ tools and plenty of timber in preparation for spending tomorrow out at the open day at Peter Sefton’s Furniture School. The plan is to demonstrate building a small wall cupboard throughout the day so with a bit of luck I’ll have a nice new piece of furniture to bring back home, although I’m sure he’ll get gassing so may get very little done!

Peter’s school is down in Worcestershire and is open to all from 10am – 4pm tomorrow. There’ll be great food off the barbeque and it looks like we’ll be having some nice weather for a change. If you’re going along then we look forward to seeing you there!

For full details of the open day take a look at the website.


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  1. David Cawthray

    Make sure you take plenty of pics, to share With us all have a great Day

    • Helen

      Thanks David, I’ve taken just a few pics to share. As suspected there was much more talking than building!

  2. mike murray

    Would you be willing to share what the sharpening method is there on the board next to the tool chest. At first glance, it resembles the method that Mr. Sellers uses.

    I fall short in most knowledge and skill aspects of traditional woodworking so any info that will help me get a leg up so-to-speak would be most appreciated. I’m, afraid sharpening chisels and plane irons is still one of those skill areas that I seem to lack something in. I’m working on it but, still not there yet.
    Mike in CO

    • Richard

      Hi Mike, well spotted my current sharpening stone set up is something which I created off advice from Paul Sellers. We were talking at a show a couple of years ago at which time I was looking in to getting some diamond stones. Having not used them before I was grateful of the advise and setting the stones in to wooden tray is very neat and convenient. Having used them for some time now I must admit that I’m having second thoughts about these stones in particular – I’ve found the finest out of them has coarser particles mixed in the stone which scratch the tools and can be very annoying!
      The difficulty with sharpening is there are so many options out there now and all have fans so there’s no right or wrong solution. Having sharp tools is critical but having them as sharp as humanly possible certainly isn’t! Keep working on it and you will get there. Perhaps I’ll pluck up the courage shortly to right a blog post on sharpening…

      • mike murray

        Thanks for the response and information. I’m sorry to hear that you are having trouble with the fine stone. I might save up my pennies and look for some type of diamond sharpening equipment. I have one of the two sided diamond plates but I got it used from a tag sale and it seems to be a little spent. Anyway, thanks again.
        Mike in Colorado

  3. Matt

    Thank you for this blog. I’ve learned so much from you. I really like the little storage box in the picture. Could I ask the dimensions? Really neat hinge mechanism. So the “v” in the sides has a “stress break” with the small hole above it? Prevents splitting. can you tell I’m new to woodworking. Ha!

    • Richard

      Hi Matt, I’m pleased to hear you found the blog useful 🙂
      The little chest is around 20″ x 11″ x 17″ tall; perfect for lugging around a few tools! You’re spot on with the ‘v’, the small hole is there to help prevent splitting and if you look at many of the old religious chests you’ll see a small cross there instead.


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