Make that a Double
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6h ago
Make that a Double: Using only hand tools Israel Martin makes an Ernest Gimson inspired whisky cabinet that’s full of surprises. Using only hand tools Israel Martin makes an Ernest Gimson inspired whisky cabinet that’s full of surprises The basic idea for this project was to create a small whisky cabinet that fused the styles of some the craftsmen I admire, but trying to focus on one of them, Ernest Gimson. The system for the carcass was influenced by the work of Garrett Hack and is a fundamental aspect of the design; as much for its simplicity and ease in creating the joinery as incorporati ..read more
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How to Make a Mortise with a Drill Press:
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by WWI
3d ago
How to Make a Mortise with a Drill Press: Mortise and tenon joinery is time-proven and known for its strength. Without a dedicated mortiser, you can still create mortises by drilling out the bulk of the waste at the drill press then finish up with chisels. The end result is a well-formed mortise ready to accept the mating tenon. Randy Maxey steps you through the process ..read more
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Issue 319 of Furniture & Cabinetmaking – out now!
Woodworkers Institute
by WWI
4d ago
In issue 319 of Furniture & Cabinetmaking you’ll find plenty to inspire and inform your furniture making. In our Projects section, Israel Martin makes a Shaker-style bench; Wayne Bennett makes an oak box for storing watches and cufflinks; Beatriz Zuazo makes a marquetry tambour door; and Dennis Zongker completes his bespoke chair project. In Techniques, Dorian Bracht provides an overview of Japanese saws and describes a decorative dovetail joint. In Features, we showcase pieces from Gallery FUMI’s exhibition of work by US sculptor Casey McCafferty; and we look at Hugo Egleston’s Arches De ..read more
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Lidded Bowl with Finial from Half a Log
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5d ago
Lidded Bowl with Finial from Half a Log: Andy Coates looks at a commonly made object and deconstructs it to make something more interesting. Andy Coates looks at a commonly made object and deconstructs it to make something more interesting Once in a while you obtain a log of something special. It might be the grain, colour, or species that makes it ‘special’, but whatever it is that distinguishes it, you are often presented with a conundrum; use it immediately in the excitement of acquisition, or save it? I have a laburnum (Laburnum anagyroides) trunk that qualifies as a log, and as such it ..read more
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Getting to Grips with Carving Gouges
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6d ago
Getting to Grips with Carving Gouges: Peter Clothier introduces the humble gouge and how best to use one. Peter Clothier introduces the humble gouge and how best to use one For the beginner carver, it is perhaps advisable to start with six or ten chisels or gouges, adding to this collection when a particular piece of work demands a specific tool. Many manufactures offer beginner sets of chisels and a suggested set would be: No.1½in, No.23⁄8in, No.63⁄8in, No.8½in, No.10¼in, No.111⁄8in, No.39¼in and as the work becomes more ambitious, add No.35⁄8in, No.53⁄4in, No.105⁄8in and No.113⁄8in. M ..read more
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Bench Dog No. 4 Hand Plane: User? Or Loser?
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1w ago
Bench Dog No. 4 Hand Plane: User? Or Loser? Bench Dog hand planes, sold by Rockler, join the ranks of other planes manufactured overseas seeking to provide good performance at an economical price. Randy Maxey takes a closer look at the Bench Dog No. 4 Smoothing Plane. It’s an “out of the box” experience where he takes a new plane and evaluates it for form and function. Then he looks at how much “fettling” or tuning it requires to obtain acceptable results ..read more
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Issue 397 of Woodturning – out now!
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1w ago
In issue 397 of Woodturning magazine we have lots for you to enjoy, beginning with our Guest Editor, Les Symonds, who welcomes you to the issue; turns a set of table skittles; helps with a steam engine heritage project; and finds out how Darren Breeze has developed his skills and business since being introduced in Woodturning six years ago. In Projects, Andy Coates uses a pith board to make a textured bowl; Andrew Potocnik turns a jug inspired by a ceramic piece; Neil Turner replicates a globulus seed pod; Colwin Way makes a pair of candlesticks and pens from some misidentified timber; Sue Ha ..read more
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Maple Music Cabinet
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by WWI
1w ago
Maple Music Cabinet: Carolin Reichert describes the creative use of Valchromat in her bespoke music cabinet. Carolin Reichert describes the creative use of Valchromat in her bespoke music cabinet I entered the competition for the Richard Seager Annual Award just before my graduation from the Building Crafts College. In doing so I wanted to challenge myself to design and build a piece to a real brief and to get the experience of working on my first commission outside the college environment. My design was selected and I was able to realise my idea for the Richard Seager music cabinet in ..read more
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Turning Thin
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2w ago
Turning Thin: Richard Findley looks at turning green wood very thinly. Richard Findley looks at turning green wood very thinly Thin bowls have never really done much for me. The thinnest bowl I’ve made was a small maple (Acer saccharum) bowl with a black band, 135mm in diameter and 60mm high, as a bit of a challenge some years ago, out of kiln dried timber to an even 3mm wall thickness. They are a great test of skill but are pretty useless, which is why I have never really gone for them. Following on from the Editor’s challenge from last month, we decided it could be interesting to see how ..read more
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Melbourne Tool Company Low Angle Jack Plane – A Quick Look
Woodworkers Institute
by WWI
2w ago
Melbourne Tool Company Low Angle Jack Plane – A Quick Look: Melbourne Tool Company has developed a line of hand tools for woodworkers, including low-angle hand planes. Are they worth looking at? How well are they made? How do they perform? Randy Maxey seeks to answer these questions with this quick overview of the low-angle jack plane. Melbourne Tool Company: https://melbournetool.com ..read more
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