Sunday, 20 August 2017

Nice Watch Box

Martin sent me these pictures of his latest project, a very nice watch box in wenge and birds eye maple with a pig suede lining. It has a subtle finger opening with two nicely shaped curved chamfers.

The hinges are 90 degree stop hinges from Brusso, these open a couple of degrees past 90 so the lid stays open.

Some nice solid birds eye maple for the lid panel with an angled chamfer, probably a Chris Becksvoort router bit from Lee Valley.

The case is dovetailed, although hardly visible in this dark wood. The inside lid is mirrored, a nice touch.

And here we are ready to go, a watch for every day of the week!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Celebration of Craftsmanship

I dropped off my boxes prior to the show beginning and as usual was humbled by the wonderful that had arrived already.

The show is on from Saturday 19th August until Monday 28th August and there are 76 makers represented with over 300 pieces on display, so it's a good days visit.

This magnificent burr brown oak table has an unbelievable mechanism for making it smaller and is worth visiting the show on its own,  just to see it demonstrated by the maker George Johnson.

Here is the centre of the table in its smaller size, wonderful!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Bargain Planes on E Bay

I'm clearing out some old planes, all have faults that would be easy to fix. First up an unhandled Spiers smoother, a good user.

Next a Norris A 71 missing its rear handle.

And lastly a Spiers parallel smoother again a good user
All start at 99p so bargains to be had. Due to the weights I'm afraid it's only postage (or collection) in the UK

Thursday, 10 August 2017

More Meditation Stools

Andrew sent me these pictures of two nice knock down stools he made. He made them for his daughter who travels a lot, then more for his friends and now sells them on Etsy. If you go on there it's amazing the variety on offer, I didn't realise they were so widely used.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Meditation Stool

For our wedding anniversary we treated ourselves to a spa day at the lovely Careys Manor Hotel in the New Forest. One of the sessions we had there was a breathing and meditation class using a small pine meditation stool which gave an very good posture. The class was run by David Passmore who has an excellent website showing the power of breathing, exercise and healthy living

The pine stools we used were very comfortable but basic, so I decided to make a nicer version in rippled English walnut and oak.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Lovely Chest of Drawers

Joe from the UK sent me these pictures of his latest project a very nice chest of drawers in ash.

The stand is very imaginative with an oriental feel.

Plenty of dovetails!

It's great to see good use of unusual grain and colour, this sort of stuff would be considered seconds in commercial wood yards.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Latest Project in F&C Magazine

The latest issue of F&C magazine is out now and I'm on the cover. There is plenty of great content so it's well worth a read.

This box is favourite of mine and uses dovetailed Dominoes at the mitred corners which are very strong and ensure easy and gap free assembly.

There is an excellent article on an old school veneer producer in Paris who produces thicker veneers using an antique saw.

The stock of wood they use is amazing.

Another article on a very skilled carver, Gerald Adams.

Building (very) accurate jigs and shooting boards with Tico Voigt.

A fascinating article by Richard Arnold on 18thC planes.

A round up of the Handworks 2017 show.

And looking forward to the European Woodworking show in September. This is a great show and will be the last, so it's not to be missed!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Work Benches on E Bay

Here's a reasonable condition Sjobergs work bench for collection only in the Cheshire area. The machinists vice needs taking off but it's included in the auction. It's not been entered in the right category on E Bay so hasn't had any bids yet. If you get it for anywhere near the £100 starting price you've got a real bargain.

The above bench is very similar although the maker is not listed. It looks in better condition and he will ship anywhere in the UK for £18. The only downside there is plenty of interest. Check out here,

Friday, 28 July 2017

Tudor Manor House

We've spent a few days away in West Dorset and for my 57th birthday we visited Athelhampton House which dates back to 1485.

This oak panelling in a less grand part of the house shows the crude tool marks but has survived well.

A wonderful early four poster bed and blanket chest and below a closer look at the fine detail.

The house was extended over the centuries and obviously the interior with it. This linen fold wall panelling dates from the 1800's.
 And although this floor was from the 20th C you can see the trouble they have gone to stay sympathetic to the house. These magnificent quarter sawn oak boards are 8" wide!

This enormously solid front door does date back to 1485 and was the entrance to the main hall.

This doorway (as well as the alarmingly short beds) demonstrates just how short people were in those days, I wonder how tall we'll be in another 500 years?