Sawing Secrets

The-Woodwrights-Shop-Opening-CreditsRoy Underhill is an old school woodworker. His TV show, The Woodwright’s Shop, has been on air since 1979 and there have been over 400 episodes.

Christopher Schwarz is a contributing editor to Popular Woodworking magazine, and a strong advocate of traditional woodworking. His books on workbenches are my main inspiration for wanting to build a Roubo style workbench. Continue reading “Sawing Secrets”

Making and glueing up the base – Dovetail box #2

20150320_223442In the end I decided to work on the base first. Using a piece of walnut of approximately the right size, I planed one face flat, using winding sticks to check for twist. I then planed one long edge square to this registration face to create a registration edge.

Then using a marking gauge I scribed a line from the registration edge for the final width on both faces, and planed down to create the opposite edge. Continue reading “Making and glueing up the base – Dovetail box #2”

Future projects – you decide

20141223_140943I’ve already mentioned, in previous posts, my wish to build a traditional woodworking bench. That, as I have said, will have to wait because my workshop is not really set up for one yet. Another future project that I’ve talked about is a bow saw – a larger companion for the turning saw – but that too will have to wait until I can source the hardware.  I’ve also hinted at another mallet or too, just because I enjoy making them.

Other projects, that I haven’t mentioned, include the Tom Fidgen sawyers bench from his book The Unplugged Woodshop. I’d also like to make a proper shooting board and bench hook, and perhaps another project involving dovetails.

Continue reading “Future projects – you decide”

Up to date – Dovetail box #1

Well, we are up to date. The joiners mallet is my most recent completed project. From now on I’ll be posting on projects as they are progressing, so posting might slow down a bit.

The project that I am working on at the moment is a small storage box which features my first hand cut dovetails. In fact they are my first dovetails of any kind.

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Joiners Mallet

A little while ago a friend popped in with some presents for me – three logs. One of apple, one of ash and a smaller one of acacia (myrtle). I had put word about that I was interested in some big lumps of seasoned hardwood to make a mallet from.20150227_144844

It was after watching these videos from Paul Sellers that I first became interested in making my own mallet. He uses oak in the videos, but I had read somewhere that apple was quite a traditional wood for mallet heads, so I decided to go with that. Continue reading “Joiners Mallet”

One year on


I’ve just realised that it has been one year exactly since this photograph was taken:

(See this previous post)


A lot has changed since then.

Thinking ahead


When I demolished my old shed, I pretty much got rid of everything of the structure, apart from one thing. I saved a large beam, 3″ by 9″ by 15′. I cut it up into three sections and they are stored in my new shed. One of these fine days I intend planing them up, jointing them and laminating them to form the top of a Roubo style workbench.

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Turning saw


I was watching one of Tom Fidgen‘s videos a few weeks ago, and he was using what looked like a wooden coping saw – a small bow saw, with a very thin blade. I was intrigued by it, so I did a bit of research and ascertained that it was what is called a Turning Saw.

There are several instructional videos and articles online on how to make one of these saws, and I thought I’d have a crack at one. Continue reading “Turning saw”

Shopmade turning machine

I had a little project on the go a few weeks ago that I’ll be posting about shortly. Anyway, this project called for two small turned handles. Well, the thing is, I don’t have a lathe. I’d love to have a lathe, but I just don’t have the funds at the moment and, to be truthful, I’m not sure how much I’d actually use one – certainly not enough to justify spending hundreds of pounds that I can’t really afford.

Maybe, one of these days, I’ll get one. But for now, I was faced with a choice: buy some handles online, or improvise.

I decided to improvise. Continue reading “Shopmade turning machine”

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