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The AUKTools Bench Top Router Table is an all-rounder; it’s compact but doesn’t compromise on quality, as Jamie Smith of Atelier Cabinet Makers finds here.

The AUKTools Bench Top Router Table is a compact, portable model that can easily be lifted and moved around the workshop while keeping everything set up and consistently ready to use. On first handling, I noticed the heavy-duty 32mm black anodised tubular frame, which is fully welded with no joints to construct and bolt together, thus making for a very strong frame. The frame is fitted with four large levelling feet so minor adjustment will keep the table wobble-free and provide a good grip for whichever surface the table is placed on.

The black frame holds a large downdraft bag, which is attached with straps and has external pockets for convenient storage of frequently used routing accessories. There is also a large zip opening on the front of the downdraft bag, which allows the router to be placed inside the table, along with a 2.5in extraction port...

I have been using this setup for many different routing tasks and have experimented with a variety of cutters. For each application I found the dust extraction to be sufficient. I have carried out many tasks from small template guided shaping of solid oak handles, up to routing grooves and rebates for panels in cabinet components. I am very pleased with the build quality of the table and highly impressed with the robustness of the Jessem Rout-R-Lift Prestige router lift. This setup is compatible with most of the popular 1/2" routers available on the market, but you can check the website for specifics. For some applications, I found the bench top router worked well on my workbench and at other times I used it directly on the floor. Its portability makes it ideal for site use or it can also be used out of the back of a van, for example. I would recommend this router table to anyone who is short of space in their workshop, or to those who are looking for an additional portable router table for use in different locations or on the job site.

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Join us for our open day on Saturday 13th July, from 10am to 3pm. Packed full of exclusive demonstrations, expert advice, an opportunity to try before you buy and fabulous offers just for you.

You will get the chance to meet their expert tutors, watch professional demonstrations and pick up valuable advice. Along with a stunning Furniture Exhibition of the pieces designed and made on this year's Furniture Design & Maker’s Long Course.

  • Peter Sefton will be demonstrating hand tool techniques
  • Tony Jones from Ashcraft Woodturning will be demonstrating woodturning techniques and Woodpeckers Ultra-Shear Turning Tools
  • Mark Arnott from markarnottclassicalguitars.co.uk will be demonstrating guitar making including shaping of the soundboard strutting and neck shaping
  • Artisan Media will be filming at the open day, who produced the Peter Sefton DVD series which will also be available for sale
  • Bob Jones will be demonstrating French Polishing and traditional finishing
  • Wood Workers Workshop will be open with great deals on woodworking tools and products
  • Sean Feeney, the school's Designer and Maker in Residence, will be talking about the School’s Professional Long Course and End of Year Show
  • Chris Yates our routing tutor will be demonstrating routing techniques and products
  • Tony Smart, past Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, will be our guest speaker
  • Student Prize Giving will take place with the School’s sponsors Hammer Felder, Whitmores Timber, Mundy Veneers, Fiddes, Wood Workers Workshop and Gordon Russell Museum.

There will also be a free BBQ run by the Wood Club UK, who will be hoping for donations in return for their hard work flipping all those burgers for our hungry visitors! Wood Club UK is a group of professionals and hobbyists promoting woodworking, the money raised will be used to fund their forum. To join their Facebook group click here.

Where to find us

The Threshing Barn, Welland Road, Upton Upon Severn, Worcestershire, WR8 0SN

Find out more

www.peterseftonfurnitureschool.com

 

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With another DVD (or digital download) in his excellent series on machinery, Peter Sefton has established himself in tackling what’s easily a dry, technical subject and making it essential viewing for woodworkers. In fact, he managed to keep my attention for just over two hours, which is admirable!

Beginning with choosing a jointer (surface planer), he points out that buying one can be a big investment, so correct setting up and maintenance is crucial to getting the best from it. Demonstrating with three different machines in his workshop (a 16in Felder, 12in Hammer and 10in Kity), it’s good to see that much of the time he concentrates on the 20-year-old Kity planer, particularly when installing and setting new knives. More appropriate for the smaller home workshop, this model is still capable of producing a great finish, though is arguably more frustrating to set up than the other two.

Planer anatomy

Under ‘Machine Anatomy’ he touches on three-phase convertors for bigger planers, isolator switches, motor ratings and power supplies, before a detailed breakdown of the major components: tables, fences, cutterblocks, knives and guards. He mentions boomerang guards (popular in the US and Australia), which are illegal here in Britain, and more unusual caterpillar guards for the rear of the block. There’s some history here too, explaining how early planers from the Victorian era were so dangerous and noisy because of their square blocks.

I liked his simple method of checking bearings (using a coin on the table to detect vibration) and using a length of timber as an earpiece. Or simply marking the floor in a small workshop if you need to move a planer around. That way it’s always returned to the same position where it’s been set up accurately – important if the floor is not dead flat. For some planer problems he admits it’s best to call out an engineer rather than faff around trying to correct a twisted table. On smaller machines just placing wedges on the floor can correct any slight twist, though.

Tables & knives

Infeed and outfeed table heights relative to the cutterblock are examined in detail, with clear, active diagrams illustrating the effects. Peter suggests that slight snipe on your timber is worth living with if you’re struggling to set the knives accurately. Having owned an identical Kity some years ago, I have to agree.

You realise how much easier it is to maintain a newer planer with easy-fit knives (such as the Felder), compared with the older Kity with traditional knives. Interestingly, he explains that the drift method (using pieces of wood) of adjusting new planer knives is more accurate and reliable than using dedicated magnetic setting gauges on the cutterblock, which obviously won’t work with alloy tables anyway.

Infeed and outfield table adjustments, cutter problems, diamond stone honing, even knowing when to change knives – are just some of the many maintenance aspects covered in depth. I’m sure many woodworkers with older planers will find the sequence on TCT spiral cutters of particular interest – easy to change, much quieter but much more expensive than traditional straight knives. We can always dream…

Safety tips

Safety with any machine is paramount and there are some great tips here, such as crouching behind the outfeed table when switching on after fitting new knives. Or maybe scheduling a rough planing session (before final timber surfacing) when cutters are dull but before replacement.

There are no planing techniques as such, apart from correct hand positions. For more on this you’ll need to watch subsequent videos. Whether buying your first planer or you’ve been machining timber for years, there’s enough reliable information in this DVD for anyone to benefit. Tuition, presentation and camera work are all extremely professional, as usual. Highly recommended.

THE VERDICT

Price: £19.99

 

Rating: 5 out of 5

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A-Z of Jointer Set Up & Maintenance DVD

 

 

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Wood Workers Workshop by Patricia Oakley - 2M ago

Needing to equip seven student toolboxes with dovetail saws, Peter Sefton and his latest crop of budding furniture makers test eight of the best saws from Britain and beyond, with surprising results.

In a recent article for Popular Woodworking, one of their testers was encouraging beginners to buy any old saw to cut their first dovetails, and only once they are able to spot the difference and need the finesse of a quality tool should they worry too much about a dedicated dovetail saw. This makes sense, but Peter Sefton’s students are on a crash course in fine furniture making, and don’t have the time to waste on inferior tools. Hence they tested eight dovetail saws, to find one that suits their pockets and their toolboxes.

We did whisper to them that all things being equal, being made in Britain might be seen as a positive quality in a saw, seeing as we want to encourage our native toolmaking industry. We were quite surprised how much they took this to heart, with the Pax 1776 proving to be easily the most popular model. “I would buy the Pax 1776,” said Peter Sefton afterwards. “It has a hand-made bent and polished back, which means the saw can be re-tensioned if things go wrong. It has a very easy start and the least amount of rip-out on the back face of all the saws tested. For me this was the best to use. The Veritas is great, but I am not convinced that the handle will stand the test of time.”

To read the full article click here

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Makers Central is *THE* event for the Maker Community! It brings together thousands of makers from around the world including crafters, inventors, artists, and hobbyists to share and celebrate their enthusiasm for all things creative. If you’re a maker or simply share the passion for making and creating, join us for this spectacular event.

Makers Central will run across two days from 11th-12th May 2019. Book your tickets NOW to join in the celebration of creativity and learning.

After the success of our launch show in 2018 Makers Central is back and aims to be bigger and better.

The show will host over 200 exhibitors, with a range of stands from art displays, 3D printing, woodworking, woodturning, CNC demonstrations, resin demonstrations, robotics, tool demonstrations, metalworking and much, much more.

  • Meet viral YouTube makers
  • Watch live makers perform on stage
  • Live Q&A's with the makers
  • Kids workshops
  • Huge prize draw giveaways

Visit our stand for great show offers on quality brands such as Incra, JessEm, Woodpeckers, Veritas, Micro Jig, Glu-Bot, and iGaging. Plus exciting new products from Armor Tool, Oneida and own brand AUKTools.

This year we are pleased to announce that Kuldeep Singh, the developer of PantoRouter, will be demonstrating this amazing milling machine along side us at stand F5. Exclusive to Wood Workers Workshop.

Don't miss Peter Sefton, an award winning furniture maker and principal tutor, demonstrating furniture making hand skills, tool techniques and the popular Scary Sharpening system.

To find out more or to book tickets visit the event website www.makerscentral.co.uk

 

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Welcome to Wood Workers Workshop Events. Here is a list of our upcoming events for woodworkers taking place in 2019.

The Midlands Woodworking Show
22nd-23rd March 2019 
Newark Showground Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark NG24 2NY

A great day out with over 50 top demonstrators throughout each day and in excess of 60 companies exhibiting. A show full of personalities advice and fun. Woodworking disciplines on show will include turning, carving, furniture making, CNC machinery, spoon carving, scrollsawing, chair making and much, much more...

For further information or to purchase advance tickets visit www.nelton.co.uk

Makers Central
11th-12th May 2019
Hall 2, NEC Birmingham

After the success of our launch show in 2018 Makers Central is back and aims to be bigger and better. Bringing together thousands of makers from around the world, from crafters & inventors to hobbyist and artists to share their passion for all things creative. Makers Central is an event for the Maker Community.  If you make or just share the passion for making and creating, come and join us for this spectacular event.

For further information or to purchase tickets please visit www.makerscentral.co.uk

Peter Sefton Furniture School Open Day
13th July 2019, 10am to 3pm
The Threshing Barn, Welland Road, Upton Upon Severn, Worcestershire, WR8 0SN

We are extremely excited to announce our open day packed full of exclusive demonstrations, expert advice, an opportunity to try before you buy and fabulous offers just for you. Along with a stunning Furniture Exhibition from this years graduates of the Peter Sefton Furniture School.

For further information or to purchase tickets please visit www.peterseftonfurnitureschool.com

North of England Woodworking and Power Tool Show
15th-17th November 2019
HALL 1, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

The North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show is the largest and longest established retail woodworking and power tool show in the Country. The show is an excellent day out with over 40 demonstrators taking part, plus a woodworking clinic, great prizes to be won in the free raffle and more than 100 companies exhibiting.

For further information or to purchase tickets please visit www.skpromotions.co.uk
Hand Tool and Routing Day
Saturday 7th December, 10am-2pm

We are having a Hand Tool and Routing Day, so why not visit our workshops here at The Threshing Barn and get a discount on your tools. Meet Peter Sefton and see professional demonstrations – we believe we have the best in-house routing demonstrations set-up in the UK. See expert demonstrations from quality imported US brands such as INCRA, JessEm, AUKToolsand WoodRiver – exclusive to Wood Workers Workshop. You will also have the opportunity to watch Chris Yates demonstrating the EXCLUSIVE PantoRouter.
 
There will be loads of tools for sale including hand tools sourced from some of the best English tool makers, plus expert advice on buying tools. Peter Sefton will be also be demonstrating Hand Tool Techniques.
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At this year’s Midlands Woodworking Show, we will be displaying and demonstrating some of our best brands and tools along with our new AUKTools products. Peter Sefton from the Peter Sefton Furniture School will also be doing live tutorials and demonstrating fine woodworking and furniture making hand skills at his bench.

The Midlands Woodworking Show takes place on 22nd and 23rd March 2019 at the Newark Showground Notts, NG24 2NY and is open from 10:00am - 4:00pm both days. A great day out with over 50 top demonstrators throughout each day and in excess of 60 companies exhibiting. A show full of personalities advice and fun. Woodworking disciplines on show will include turning, carving, furniture making, CNC machinery, spoon carving, scrollsawing, chair making and much, much more.

Demonstrators

Band Saw
Craig Heffren

Cabinet Making & Hand Tool Advice
Kieran Binnie from OTW (Over The Wireless)

Carving
Michael Painter
Emma (Tiny Turner)

Chair Making
Peter Tree

CNC Machines
Wayne Mack

Furniture
Peter Sefton

Japanese Joinery
Brian Walsh

Lie Nielsen Toolworks
Curtis Turner

Pyrography
Bob Neill
Lisa Shackleton

Carving Heirloom Rocking Horses
The Rocking Horse Shop

Scroll Saw
Wayne Mack

Sharpening
Nic Westermann

Skelton Saws
Shane Skelton

Spoon Carver
Lee Stoffer

Steam Bending
The International Boatbuilding Training College

Turners
Tony Wilson
Mick Hanbury
Andrew Hall
Chris Pouncy
Simon Hope
Martyn Pidgeon
Rick Dobney

Ticket Prices
1 Day ticket - Advance price £7.00 - On the door £10:00
2 Day ticket - Advance price £11 - On the door £15
Accompanied under 16's - Free

Tickets can be purchased at the door for £10 per day or £15 for the two day option. 

Click here to book your tickets

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Phil Davy takes a look at this beautifully made router accessory, which is ideal for boxmakers and cabinetmakers who demand precision.

A disadvantage of some routers is the edge guide that’s provided with them. I can think of one or two models that seem little more than an afterthought, with no fine adjustment possible. Of course, a router can be used for approximate rebating, grooving or whatever, but most woodworkers rely on these power tools for their accuracy and versatility. Accuracy can be difficult to achieve if the fence cannot be fine-tuned, especially for decorative inlay work or similar. Help is at hand, though, by way of the Micro Fence – Edge Guide.

The Micro Fence is not exactly new, but it’s only recently become available in Britain. Dreamt up back in 1992 by father and son team Richard and Jack Wedler in California, it’s evolved over the years to become arguably one of the most sought after routing accessories. As a system you can add attachments for routing circles, ellipses and more, though these aren’t exactly cheap. Supplied with various screws, spacers and fences, what exactly does the Edge Guide consist of?

Engineering quality
The main body is a sturdy L-shaped bracket, machined from 9mm thick aluminium. An adjuster  mechanism is fitted to this and consists of a finely-threaded screw plus a rotary depth collar. This is laser etched with very clear graduations, enabling you to tweak a setting easily. A full rotation (via the end adjuster screw) equals 1mm of travel, with increments of 1⁄20th of a millimetre. In fact, the Micro Fence is designed to be used in conjunction with a dial calliper, so you get some idea of the precision here.

The fine adjuster travels on a pair of 8mm diameter stainless steel rods 175mm in length, which also pass through the L bracket. Knurled brass thumbscrews enable everything to be locked solidly in place. Also included are two 300mm long rods with threaded ends, which can be easily swapped when required. At their other end, the rods are screwed into a mounting bar, with three pairs of threaded holes for adding various Micro Fence optional accessories.

A final pair of short rods are spaced to fit your router. The version I tried had 85mm rod spacings, a fairly standard size, which fits smaller DeWalt, Trend, Elu and Makita routers, among others.

Two pre-drilled, 177mm cherry facings are included, which are screwed to the edge  of the guide for straight routing. The deeper facing can be notched out to suit a cutter when used for flush trimming work or similar.

Curved routing
Although it may sound complicated, the Micro Fence is dead easy to use. Set the collar to zero, then slide its fine adjuster to the approximate width setting. Lock the outer brass screws, then rotate the collar to fine-tune, finally locking with the centre thumbscrew. Make your first cut, then (using the dial) adjust the width setting in or out as necessary. Using a calliper to measure inlay or check a groove width makes absolute precision possible.

You’re not restricted to straight edge routing with the Micro Fence. A pair of half-round Delrin spacers enable it to be used against curved edges, creating two points of contact as you move the router. This takes some getting used to, so unless you’re used to this technique, it will pay to practice on plenty of scrap material first.

Conclusion
Fantastic if you do decorative work where your cutter may not be an exact match for the banding  or inlay, the Micro Fence – Edge Guide would be ideal for boxmakers or cabinetmakers where imperfections can stick out like a sore thumb. Beautifully made, it offers absolute precision, though this obviously does depend on you keeping it held tightly against the workpiece. It’s the sort of product Veritas would make if they produced gadgets for power tools. But don’t assume it will transform a budget router into a precision tool, though. There may be too much play in some cheap routers, which makes them inaccurate from the start.

The price will probably put the Micro Fence out of reach of all but the most dedicated woodworking perfectionists. Costing more than many routers, it’s not likely to be a quick buying decision. It is, however, a superb power tool accessory.

SPECIFICATION

Applications

  • Dadoing
  • Rabbetting
  • Mortising & V-grooving
  • Slotting/veining
  • Drawer construction
  • Flutes & reeds
  • Inlay work
  • Sliding dovetails, and many more routing operations

THE VERDICT

PROS
Precision engineered guide; micro adjustments easy to make

CONS
Very expensive; be prepared to raise your woodworking standards…

RATING: 5 out of 5

Price £249.95

SHOP NOW

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Featured on Tormek's website

Tormek visit Peter Sefton Furniture School - YouTube

Peter Sefton - Master Craftsman and Furniture Maker

'We are delighted to introduce Peter Sefton as our new Tormek Friend! Peter Sefton is not only an award-winning Master Craftsman and Furniture Maker, he’s also a well-known educator, demonstrator and writer. 

Following his grandfather’s footsteps of becoming a cabinet maker, Peter now has more than 30 years’ experience in woodworking and has devoted almost 20 of his professional career to teaching and mentoring. With Peter Sefton Furniture School, he wants to pass on his commercial and teaching experiences.

We visited Peter at his facilities just outside Upton upon Severn (UK) to have a chat about his story, his courses and of course, sharpening.'

To find out more about the school visit www.peterseftonfurnitureschool.com

Tormek
Tormek is committed to providing the best solutions for sharpening all types of edge tools. Well grounded in the Swedish tradition for the most advanced innovation, functionality and quality, Tormek has developed a unique sharpening system that has come to set the standard in modern edge tool sharpening.

To view our range of Tormek sharpening solutions click here

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Join us at The North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show. The largest and longest established retail woodworking and power tool show in the Country. Peter will be an official demonstrator again. He’ll be doing live tutorials and demonstrating fine woodworking and furniture making hand skills at his bench.

The largest and longest established retail woodworking & power tool show in the UK. Over 90 exhibitors and 50 of the countries leading demonstrators on show throughout the 3 days.

The show is an excellent day out with over 40 demonstrators taking part, plus a woodworking clinic, great prizes to be won in the free raffle and more than 100 companies exhibiting.

Venue
Stand 32, Hall 1
Great Yorkshire Showground
Harrogate
16th-18th November 2018

Advance Tickets
Adults £9.00
Concessions (60+) £8.00

Gate Prices
Adults £11.00
Concessions (60+) £10.00
Accompanied Under 16's free of charge

Advance Tickets on Sale Now

Closing at 12 noon Monday 12th November

Call the ticket Hotline on 01749 813899

To Buy Tickets online click here

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