Saturday, 13 December 2014

Tool Box Find.

These pictures were sent in to me by Ronan, of some tool boxes he acquired, starting with a large one above. They belonged to an ex Vauxhall worker who was a keen woodworking (and metal worker by the looks of things!)

Below is a late Norris A5 with the engine turning clearly visible on the sides.

This looks like a steel soled gunmetal shoulder plane by Slater, very nice.

Lots of nice cast steel chisels.

The two shots to finish with are of an engineers chest which like the others was also crammed full of tools. All in all a very good find.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Very Nice Customer Project.

This is a lovely Krenov inspired cabinet made by Matt from Indiana USA.
The Macassar ebony is a combination of solid and veneer. I love the way he turned a simple rectangle into a very pleasing delicate piece by adding a little drawer box in the corner. A reminder that sometimes less is more.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Great Moxon Vices!

On last weekends dovetailing course there were a couple of fine Moxon vices brought along. This is Simon looking very pleased with himself and for good reason, his vice was superbly made. Below is a close up of one of the beautiful lambs tongues.
He also surprised himself (and his wife!) with the quality of his dovetailed box.

Below is Normans vice which has some interesting features. He made the mechanisms himself, milling the mild steel to fit the threaded rod. The screws move in and out rather than the wheels which prevents any annoying protrusions, a very good idea.

  The other really clever addition was these two pieces which slide into position and can be used to prevent vertical racking when clamping a small depth such as the shoulders of these dovetails. They work by dropping in the other side of the box which is the same thickness enabling the vice to clamp without a hint of racking.

Here's a shot of one of the pieces from above, ingenious!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Dovetailing Course at West Dean, a Good Group!

So here's the class after two days hard work, everyone finished their box comfortably in time, this was the fastest class I've taught and one of the best. Stuart came down all the way from Newcastle, an eight hour journey by train(s).

Here is Pete's box. He had only cut 20 dovetails before the course and he produced a near perfect box.

Below is Martins box, as he was more experienced he took on the box with a pivot hinged lid which is normally reserved for the three day class.

As I expected he did a great job. below is a close up of his curved and chamfered integral handle.

And this is the start of the black pig suede lining.

The rest of the class made a tilt top lid on their boxes, I like these.

Below is a shot of the mitred linings showing the tilt. All these were dry fitted to a tight friction fit, involving plenty of work on the shooting board.

Some people worked standing up whilst others worked sitting down as I do most of the time.
John had a different method, or maybe he was just praying to the dovetail gods!
They'll be more from the course in the next post.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

The Colours of Wood.

It always surprises me how much some woods change on exposure to sunlight. Some change very quickly like this lignum vitae mallet, below shows what 1/2 hour in direct light does.

Leaving it out of the sun for few hours restores much of the grain detail but still leaves it a nice dark colour, as below.

And this is some Kingwood which reacts very much more slowly to exposure. This is the end of a large board that had been laying in a workshop for the last 30 years, I was assured it was Kingwood but wasn't sure until I made the cut.

look at that wonderful purple grain! No wonder it is such a prized wood.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Wooden Mallets for Chisels and Dovetailing on Youtube

This is the last video from the recent batch. It shows my new lignum Vitae mallets, great for using with premium chisels and those without a metal ring on the handle.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Ashley Iles Mark 2 Chisels on YouTube

This is the latest video to go live. Only one more to go and then I can get back to more normal Blog posts!