August 25, 2014
A project where I've learned stuff, made some great connections and made the most efficient tool chest I have ever seen.
June 29, 2014
Two projects that left the workshop in the last week from extreme ends of my woodworking spectrum: A whisky stand and some cabinets.
March 30, 2013
I am a ditherer. That might seem surprising for someone who appears to get a lot done, but I endlessly analyse decisions about the smallest details of a project. Sometimes the things I spend hours considering aren’t even visible in the finished piece. I make sketches, produce 3D CAD models, discuss things with friends, build […]
March 18, 2013
"An antipasti plank you say? I've got a big piece of oak. How big do you want it?"
January 1, 2013
A Calendar for woodworkers with cool pictures of tools and stuff...what more could you need?
September 13, 2012
I decided to make use of my new spindle moulder on this box for a friends upcoming wedding gift. The box sides are joined with hand cut dovetails, which people seem to like and should create something that will last for generations.
March 11, 2012
When you’re someone who’s into woodwork and construction type activities its natural to apply those things to your living environment. This means that people like me often choose to refurbish or build their own houses rather than pay someone else to do it. Makes perfect sense, right? Except this means that you actually spend most […]
December 23, 2011
So many possible puns on post titles (It’s hammer time, You can’t touch this…etc, etc) but I’ll resist them all. This post is actually more about three people, than it is about three hammers. The Things we Make archive clearly records that I know how to make hammers and these are the same basic design […]
October 8, 2011
Working with tools is great, but making tools themselves takes the craft and the resulting satisfaction to another level. Over the years I’ve made a variety of hand tools; it’s something I allow myself as a little treat in between the projects that really need doing. On this occasion the tool is a flush plane, […]
September 6, 2011
I know, enough with the Cajóns already. OK, but just one more thing, then I really will shut up. Several people have asked about me making a Cajón for them, but a combination of time pressure and the difficulty of actually doing it for less than the commercially available models mean its not really viable. What I […]
September 4, 2011
Two weeks ago I’d never even heard of a Cajón. Since then I’ve researched them, made one and watched it played in a live gig; it’s been quite the fortnight. Cajón is the Spanish word for ‘box’, which I’ll grant you seems exactly the right name for it, as at first glance it is indeed […]
August 6, 2011
Keen eyed readers may recall this post from a while back, which marked the beginning of a project to provide an alcove unit in our hybrid study/back sitting room. Now I’ve looked at the dates and realised its taken nearly 5 months to finish, I’ll add that to the pile of reasons why I don’t […]
March 13, 2011
We have another work in progress. This dark corner of our study has had a makeshift bookcase in it for a few years, awaiting something better to be made. It’s a funny old space. It has a flue jutting into it from when the room was a kitchen and there was a huge boiler in […]
January 11, 2011
Hello its me, I’m still here…. or in the words of Mark Twain, the rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated. It seems to be some 3 months since I last posted anything, but here goes. This project marks an interesting landmark for me, as a first paid commission. The bookcases are made in […]