In my last post I made a coopered door for a new cabinet I’m building. The design features two curved doors, the one coopered and the other a bent lamination and mirror image, although taller version of the first. ( coopered on left hand side opening out and away from center ) They’re both absolutely […]
I had a great class this morning with Dave from Oakville. We chatted about design philosophy and sharpening routines, from hand planes and back to workbench design.
We managed to make some shavings after some sharpening techniques, a bit of sawing and again it was tool talk. A very fine class you might say. So, what could make a good class better? Dave brought along 4 of his wooden bodied Clark and Williams hand planes.
few months back I wrote a review for Canadian Woodworking Magazine on some low-angle block planes. One of the planes was the new Veritas DX 60, I had been using it for a few weeks at the time of the article and I think I might have made a comment that it wasn’t the most comfortable plane in the lot but excelled everywhere else I could see.
I received a letter from Robert Troup and wanted to share it with you.
In these days of hand tool revolution with all of the high end, boutique products on the market it was refreshing to see this kind of ingenuity.
Thanks again Robert.
Two planes are better than one. Well, duh….of course they are! (especially if you have a hand tool ‘problem’ like yours truly?) But seriously, having two planes, in this case two block planes set up at different depths really saves time while working through a project. I’m back into the plywood edging, this time for […]
Well, well- look what we have here…a brand new (right handed) skew block plane from Veritas. Now you’re probably thinking ‘not another skewed plane’ or ‘isn’t it the same as the original Stanley 140 or the Lie Nielsen skew block?’ the answer is ‘yes’- and….well- ‘no’.
So my latest project was installed last week and I’m doing a bit of R&D these past few days on stage two of the design but wanted to mention these new little planes being offered by Veritas here in Canada. The Detail Rabbet Planes were introduced in February and if you’re like me you probably […]
Where the Krenov sings, it must be spring – The wooden throat waving these less-than-paper–in-thickness curls of soft maple. Almost dancing, the tiny, transparent ribbons – an origami sway you might say… “Well it’s not always like that… ’the throat can be a cranky ‘ol bitch on some mornings! “ Here in my wood […]
Working with plywood is an altogether different animal than with solid wood. Given the choice, I’d prefer solid wood but sometimes solid wood isn’t the best option. When I worked in the Set Design Industry we worked with plywood almost exclusively- these past few years however, in my ‘hand tool only’ wood shop, plywood has been completely eliminated. […]
It’s Sunday afternoon and I spent the morning out in Pickering, Ontario at the Tools of the Trades Show. It’s a really nice gathering of vintage and antique tool dealers peddling their wares to wood geeks like me! I would have posted some info on the event sooner but I only found out about […]
I’m saddened to write that James Krenov passed away this week at the age of 88. “When we discover what wonderful things our eyes and hands are as they seek fine lines and use sharp tools, when we listen to wood and not just use it, then cabinetmaking can take on a new meaning.” JK […]
This past Saturday turned out to be a good one for me; first off I finally made it out to A & M Wood to pick up my order of Quarter Sawn White Oak. Terry Johnston did a fantastic job finding some of the nicest Oak I’ve seen in awhile. I now have a […]
Just got another update from Phil Edwards regarding my hollows and rounds…they’re complete and should be in my grubby little hands by the end of next week. I love it when manufacturers give updates of their work while it’s being done, it makes parting with my hard earned cash that much easier! Phil has been […]
In a previous post I was looking at some edge jointing techniques David Charlesworth uses and a few readers made some comments and posted a few questions. I thought it would make much more sense to ask David himself, instead of carrying out another online discussion or thread speculating the how’s and why’s of his […]