Sunday, 14 February 2016

Nice Box From Australia


Stuart from Queensland sent me these pictures of his latest project. It's a curved lid box with a pivot hinge lid made from plans in Peter Lloyds excellent book.


The wood is rock maple and the lid I believe is red mallee burr (or burl!)


Australian burrs are rock hard so that took some work getting the curve on both sides of the lid, but well worth the effort.


Thursday, 11 February 2016

Superb Hand crafted Walking Sticks


A customer, Dafydd Davies, from Ceredigion in west Wales sent me these photos of some of his amazing creations.
He was a trained cabinet maker back in the 1980's, making walking sticks on the side, but these have slowly taken over. For the past five years he has specialised in one off bespoke shepherds crooks and walking sticks. The one below is my favourite.


He has never had to advertise with all his work coming by word of mouth. He doesn't even have a website! If anyone is interested in his sticks he can be contacted dafyddsticks@btinternet.com



Below is a video of him being interviewed in his workshop, it's fascinating but you may want to lower the sound unless you speak Welsh!

Friday, 5 February 2016

This Sundays E Bay Offerings.



An early Spiers panel plane.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151966033692?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


A Norris shoulder plane.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151966027170?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


A Knew Concepts coping saw.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151966019922?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


A Millers Falls 'Buck Rogers' plane.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151968548847?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


A rare steel soled gunmetal plane by H Slater.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151967955767?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


An early Mathieson smoother
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151967568669?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


An unused Entwistle A6.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151966074471?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


A Philly planes coffin smoother in partridge wood with a Holtey blade.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151966066955?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


A Spiers shoulder plane
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151966048776?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


And lastly a fine Spiers smoother
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151966041351?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

You want to hear the Hot Rod?!!


Well here's a car built by Bob in the US with 1,350 BHP and shipped all the way to Australia where it has gone on to be the fastest 'normally aspirated car' at 205 mph in the 1/4 mile. Enjoy with the volume on max!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Customer Dovetails and Hot Rod!


Bob from the US sent me these pictures of the second box he made (for his wife).
He is now only partially sighted and my tools have been very helpful.
The last project he completed before his eyes deteriorated was this beast. Shame we can't hear it as well!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

First Ever Dovetails.


A quick picture from Brent in MD, USA of the first ever dovetails he has cut by hand. He used my 1:6 magnetic guide and after 20 minutes this was the result. He is very pleased and so he should be!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Planes on E Bay This Week.


First up is a large mitre plane in Yew by Bill Carter.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151961039187?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


An Early Norris A 50 in good working order.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151961010865?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


A rare smoother by J Bruford Plymouth.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151960994271?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


A nice pre war Norris A5 with super tight mouth.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151960986001?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


A superb Spiers 23, all original and parts stamped '50'.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151960974743?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

And lastly a Holtey 11sa smoother. This was on a 'by it now' and I'm afraid is sold.