You can never have enough space today, or surround yourself with enough things.
Woodworking is no different. Where it used to be a man in his shed it now seems that only an air hanger and corresponding air field would be big enough to house all the machinery, jigs and armies of clamps that are needed to sustain a fruitful hobby.
To live with excess is to be modern, but needing a glut of space contradicts many realities of modern life. The old ways, you know right back when they had sheep in the living room? I think we could take a lot from that.
Ok, forget the sheep. What I’m trying to say is that it upsets me to hear when people have to give up their woodworking and sell their machines to take up golf, or fishing, or worse. All because they no longer have enough space.
Helen asked my Mother to watch through some of our video series to check for errors and she concluded two things – It looked so easy she reckoned she’d be able to start building furniture, and it seemed so cosy she wanted to do it in the living room. This wasn’t the intension. I wanted it to look complex and impressive but I take her point on the living room, you really don’t need much space to woodwork with hand tools.
The first chapter in our Premium Video Series has gone on today and we wanted to give you a quick summary of what’s to come.
Chapter One – Introduction to Hand Thicknessing
We’re getting started by preparing the timber needed for the main carcase. We using pre-planed boards in this project but there’s a fair bit of material to come off the two sides, which gives a good introduction to hand thicknessing without the more extreme twist and challenges often found in rough boards.
Chapter Two – Rebates (Rabbets), Housings (Dados) & Curves
We work on the sides until they’re ready to become part of the carcase. There’s a comparison between fillister planes and a discussion on setting cheap spokeshaves.
Chapter Three – Dovetailing
Dovetails are a key feature in the finished look of the Spoon Rack, so we do a quick run through first where I talk through my approach. Then it’s time to get the whole piece joined together.
Chapter Four – Mouldings & The Back
Before we can clean up the dovetails and see how well we’ve done we’ve some more work to do to the carcase. There’s a lot happening in this video so make sure you’re wide awake!
Chapter Six – Drawer Fitting
This is a small unit so you don’t want a sloppy fitting drawer. We carefully true up and get the drawer to fit perfectly before moving on to the final finishing of the Spoon Rack.
The Plan & Cutting List is now available with Chapter One, and additional templates and joinery details will accompany the videos as they come out.
And don’t forget to speak up with anything you’re unclear on as each week we will be covering any major questions that come up in further detail.
If you’ve already joined us then you can log in to watch Chapter One here.