Jul

28

The Doweling Jig

By Jeremie

Once a common sight in woodworking workshops, the doweling jig is now less commonly seen, as many woodworkers have been quick to adopt the biscuit jointer as their preferred method of joining boards together. Despite this, dowel joints are still an acceptable, strong method of joining boards together. I have owned a doweling jig for […]

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

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 […]

Jun

16

The Jointer Plane or Trying Plane

By Jeremie

The jointer plane (also commonly called the try or trying plane) is a woodworking tool designed for planing long edges square, straight and true. “Jointing” is the term used to describe this process, as it is generally done to prepare a board to be joined to another board, so that a single, wider board is […]