Thursday, 19 October 2017

Bill Carter Shows How to Make a Dovetailled Mitre Plane


Bill Carter has produced a whole series of videos on how to make his wonderful mitre planes. The pace is a little slow (he is nearly 80)  but if you set the time aside there are some wonderful gems to be found and if you fancy having a go at making one of these planes then they are invaluable.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Workshop Storage


Ian from Japan sent me these pictures of some drawers which provided him with much needed additional storage in his workshop. Such a level of organisation and tidiness is only something I can aspire to!
The drawers were all dovetailed by hand, front and back. To give the maximum amount of drawer depth, the bottoms were screwed on from underneath rather than slid into a groove. Making the bottoms with plywood avoided any issues with wood movement.


Friday, 13 October 2017

Customer Dovetails


Leo from the US sent me these shots of his good progress with hand cut dovetails using one of my guides. He's using coloured dots which is good to see, this simple highly visual aid tells you which board goes with which, where the outside is and also which is the top of each piece.
Leo also made an alignment board but says that the best tip is to wear his reading glasses and improve the lighting. He's also doing lots of practice which is the ultimate way to get good at anything.


Saturday, 7 October 2017

Nice Adjustable Shelves


Joe sent me these pictures of his latest project, walnut and ash adjustable shelves.


The brackets are attached with what appear to be sliding dovetails.


The rounded shelves have a nice retro look and all finished off with his trade mark signature, The Lucent Crow.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

My Latest Project, a Chest with lots of Dovetails.


Just in case you wondered about my last post, this is the reason I was getting ready to cut dovetails. The picture above shows just one of four corners on these drawers.


It's a petit chest of drawers standing 23" high made in chestnut, a wood I've never used before. It is similar to oak in it's feel and open grain and I was lucky enough to have a large board which was quarter sawn with some nice ripple as well. An detailed article on this piece will be appearing in Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine in due course.


Monday, 2 October 2017

Essential Tools for Dovetailing.


If you can't see what you are doing then you can't cut accurate dovetails. A good task light and reading glasses are essential for me. Even if you don't use reading glasses you should try some, the weakest lens no1 will give a small magnification which is very helpful.

Of course having good quality sharp tools is also very helpful!


Saturday, 30 September 2017

Customer Dovetails at EWS


A few of you may have spotted Ian on my stand demonstrating my guide while I took a much needed refuelling break. Whilst Ian is an experienced demonstrator, I did rather throw him in at the deep end, sorry about that!

Ian cuts all his dovetails freehand and is seen here demonstrating at a show back in Japan where he lives. And this is the result, a fine pile of 'Paul Sellers' boxes.
This reminds me I must try to think of something more imaginative than cutting endless single corners!

Here is Ian's freehand version of one of my corners, perfect!