Tuesday, 31 March 2015
If anyone is interested I have some planes for sale on E Bay this week.
Lie Nielsen No2 above and nice Bedrock 604 below.
A rare Marples smoother in nice condition.
An almost unused Marples M4.
And a nice Mathieson smoother from the 1890's with no cracks or damage.
Auction finishes Sunday night.
Sunday, 29 March 2015
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Michael sent me these pictures, he is a member of the Cooroora Woodworking Club in Cooroy in Queensland Australia. The club has its own saw mill and above you can see a board being lifted off after being cut. It looks like an Alaska type saw with a pair of guide rails to keep it running true, particularly useful on the initial cut. They get most of their wood donated by the council so it's effectively free timber, I wish we had a club like that around here!
Here are a couple of nice projects made from the proceeds of the saw mill.
Saturday, 21 March 2015
This is one of the two main international auctions held each year and is well worth a visit. As usual the catalogue is crammed full of goodies including some very rare gunmetal Norris planes, out of my league!
There are also about 25 stands in the hall selling a wide variety of tools with plenty of bargains to be had. I will have one of these stands selling a few planes from my personal collection as well as my piston fit oak toolbox featured in my YouTube video above, price £300.
Also for sale in the auction is the anarchists tool chest made by Chris Schwarz at his teaching course in 2014. The chest comes full of tools kindly donated by numerous toolmakers around the world with a total value of £5,400, (excluding the chest). The guide price is £3-5,000 for the lot.
This is a charity lot with the entire proceeds going to the furniture crafts courses at Warwickshire College where the course was held.
This will be a great auction and well worth the trip!
Monday, 16 March 2015
I know this is an emotive subject, if you talk to Chris Schwarz or Richard McGuire they will advocate a low bench height of around 33". But most everyone else I know prefers a higher bench and that includes me. I've made benches from 37" - 39" high over the years and have settled on 37" as my ideal height, I can hand plane comfortably as well as cut dovetails and I can sit at the bench with my knees under like a desk. Interestingly an article comparing benches in Fine Woodworking a while back also found the most comfortable working height was 37", I think this was on a Lie Nielsen bench.
I was reading Alan Peters great book the other night when I came across his views on the ideal work bench.
In his words, 'The illustration shows what I consider to be the ideal cabinetmakers bench, European in pattern. If you decide to make your own, do research the best height for you - all purchased benches appear to have been designed for midgets, or rather they are based on traditional patterns for chopping mortises and for hours of heavy hand planing. My four purchased benches sit more or less permanently on 6" blocks to eliminate backache'.
By my reckoning this meant all the benches in his shop were about 38" high and Alan was by no means a tall man.
So with my hat thrown into the ring in favour of higher benches, I'll leave you with some shots from his great book. Although written in 1984 it is still mostly very relevant and still in print 31 years later. If you don't have a copy in your woodworking collection, get one!
Friday, 13 March 2015
A good customer kindly brought this video to my attention, that shaving has to be a bout 9" wide!
Whilst we all get excited about wonderful shavings in the West, it's interesting to see that the spectators seemed more interested in the surface left behind, which of course is the whole purpose of planing. Anyway give yourself 90 seconds to enjoy this.