Archive for the ‘woodwork tools’ Category

Jun

16

Woodworking Plans – A Fundamental Woodworking Tool!

By Jeremie

A project manager I worked with at one stage used to have “PPPPP” written at the top of each page of her project plan. I queried her on what it meant one day, and she just looked at me and said “Proper Planning Prevents P*ss Poor Peformance”. I am reminded of that often when I […]

Jul

18

A better steel for your woodwork tools?

By Jeremie

Creating, and maintaining, a sharp edge on your woodwork tools is one of the keys to success with any edge tool such as a woodworking plane or chisel. At the same time, it is one of the things that many people struggle with, particularly newcomers to woodworking. There have been many advancements in tool steels […]

Nov

9

Woodworking Ideas – How to draw an ellipse (oval)

By Jeremie

I was watching this short video (see below) on a woodwork tools jig used to draw an ellipse (or an oval), and whilst I was impressed by the simplicity of the jig, it also reminded me of another simple method for drawing an oval which I have used in the past. The method I have […]

Sep

29

How to turn £5 into £145,000 with your woodwork tools

By Jeremie

I read with great interest this story about the £145,000 that was raised at the auction of 240 tools from the collection of a cabinet maker, and it all started with a £5 investment in a single Norris woodworking plane. Admittedly, this was no ordinary collection – the owner of the collection, David Russell, has […]

Sep

8

Woodwork Tools – Quality Vs Price

By Jeremie

Wander into any shop that sells woodwork tools, and you will be struck by the wide variety of prices that are on display, for items which appear to be almost identical. Take the compound miter saw as an example. When looking at compound miter saws, you can pretty much pay as much or as little […]

Aug

29

Woodworking Ideas – Simple Hammer Tip

By Jeremie

Picture by Kyle May Sometimes the simplest woodworking ideas can make a huge difference when trying to get the best out of your woodwork tools, so I thought I would share a simple tip that was passed on to me when I was replacing the decking timber on my deck. As the deck is exposed […]

Jul

29

Woodwork Tools – The Hold Down Clamp

By Jeremie

One of the issues that you are sure to run into as you tread down the path of a woodworker is how to hold your workpiece safe and secure while you attack it with your woodwork tools. Clamps are typically not something that jumps to mind when most people think about woodwork tools, and yet […]

Jul

12

Woodworking Safety and Your Woodwork Tools

By Jeremie

I was reminded recently of the dangers involved with the use of any woodwork tools, and that safety is not just something for power tools!   In the process of moving house, I was carrying out some last minute repairs, without the benefit of my workbench and woodworking vise, which had already been moved. It […]

Mar

31

Woodwork Tools – The Arbortech Mini-Grinder Power Carver

By Jeremie

After being given a couple of burls by a friend, I was looking around for the quickest way to hollow them out to turn them into bowls, and stumbled across this very cool woodwork tool – the Arbortech Mini Grinder. This is probably one of the coolest woodworking power tools that I have seen. You […]

Mar

23

Welcome the Wood Scraper, Card Scraper or Cabinet Scraper to my Woodwork Tools

By Jeremie

So, about 8 months after the birth of my 4th daughter, I have finally managed to get back to my workbench, and spend some of my precious time with my woodwork tools again. My first attempt at building a stitch and glue kayak (based on the plans in this excellent book, also worth checking out […]