A Woodworking furniture blog by David Barron. I am married with two children and am a woodworking fanatic! I make fine furniture as well as a range of very popular hand tools which I demonstrate and sell at shows. I teach woodworking courses at West Dean College as well as write regular articles for Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine.
Tony from The Vintage Screw Company contacted me about the traditional range of screws he sells. They are new old stock made many years ago by Nettlefolds and GKN. Although they may not look much a quick rub on some fine abrasive will have them looking like new. Of course if you are restoring antique furniture they are perfect just as they are. Quantities start very low and prices are reasonable. https://www.thevintagescrewcompany.com/shop/
The carcass for the box needs to be as stable as possible for accurate fitting and minimum movement over time. Finding properly quarter sawn timber is not easy over a width of 250 mm (10"). Most of the kits will be made up from booked matched timber such as the olive ash above. But a couple of kits will be made from full width lacewood (London Plane) which is bang quarter sawn and quite stunning. I believe they call this sycamore in the US. Note the blue masking tape on the book matched board is acting as clamps, when the edges are shot to a perfect fit stretched tape is all that's needed.
Just a reminder, the three day course making this box with a piston fit drawer is still available to book. Seven places have been booked only five are left, don't leave it too late! https://lowfatroubo.co.uk/product/make-a-box-with-a-piston-fit-drawer-with-david-barron
It has more than 50 dovetails and the course is suitable for those used to cutting them.
The process of building a cabinet with a minute taper front to back will be explained as well as the process for making and fitting a piston fit drawer. All materials are included in the price of the course.
A very enjoyable weekend making dovetails. Chris, Julie, Roger and Michael were all new to dovetails and all did extremely well.
Chris brought this fine shooting board plane which he made. It has bocote sides, wenge centre and extra weight was added to both ends with brass weights. He used a Veritas blade and adjuster kit which worked very well.
Leif Karlsson makes traditional Scandinavian work benches in Sweden, I am lucky enough to own one. They are made 'in the old way' with machinery that looks just as old. In the video he is making a small batch for a wooden boatbuilder in Norway. Leif is winding down now, so if you want a bench you'd better ask him nicely and be prepared to wait. http://www.workbenches.se/en/