Making woodworking accessible and fun for all. Learning from the past to make woodwork relevant to our future. The English Woodworker takes a minimalist approach to woodworking, making a basic kit of hand tools all you need to build well, and build quickly.
Getting a nice looking pegged joint is all about compression.
You basically want the peg to be a bit too tight for the hole so it cleans up without any gaps.
But, that’s not to say you can just whack a fat bit of dowel through a hole that’s too small and expect a good job (although that does sound a lot like life at times).
You can sharpen owt on the humble old oil stone, but that doesn’t mean that you’d want to.
In our sharpening trilogy, I go on quite a bit about how your choice of tool will tell you what kind of sharpening method and set up you’ll need. I’m very firm on how effective oil stones are, but also that this is only the case when you’re dealing with O1 (or the softer type) steels and preferably blades which are thin.
Buying timber can seem to be some sort of secret club that you’ve yet to be initiated in to. I’d like to say that after all these years of sourcing timber I’ve been through that initiation, but if I’m honest I’m often still stumped.
It’s not the technicalities that get to me, I’m pretty good now at knowing what I’m looking for. But the problem I see is that all suppliers like to go about it in their own way (a polite way of saying they’re all a bit odd).