Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Roubo Bench with BenchCrafted Classic Vice.

I met Tom recently at the European Woodworking Show and he kindly sent me these pictures of his Roubo bench build. He used the lamination method to make the mortise easier to chop and has done a nice clean job.

Below you can see the wedges being tested for a good tight fit.

He decided to add dovetailed end caps to both ends. This wasn't really necessary as he used full thickness wood for the top, but it looks very nice and has been well executed.

I don't think I've ever seen a leg chop that substantial, there isn't going to be much flex with this one!

And here he is with the finished bench complete with BenchCrafted Classic hardware. He looks very proud and so he should be!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Dovetailing Course at West Dean College completed.

West Dean College still manages to take my breath away even after so many visits. Above is the view of the main entrance and below is the view looking out from the college, just a small part of the 2,000 acre estate.

Here is the outside of the main workshop with it's flint façade and manicured hedges.

Here are the eight students with their completed dovetailed boxes, it was a long two days but they all got there in the end and everyone was very pleased with their efforts and rightly so.

The next dovetail course is 6-8th May 2016 and I will post when the course is available to book on the West Dean College website.

By coincidence we were there at the same time as one of the shows they hold in the grounds, which was a bonus.

The 'Apple Affair' was well attended and the weather was very kind all weekend.

This little stand caught my eye with a fine selection of antique tools on display.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Richard Maguire Spoon Rack Project.

Barry sent me these pictures of his spoon rack project which he completed after subscribing to Richard Maguires premium video series http://www.theenglishwoodworker.com/premium-videos/?doing_wp_cron=1443720238.2039699554443359375000
I caught up with Richard and Helen at the European Woodworking Show recently and this latest venture has proved more successful than they could have hoped for, it certainly beats building his monster work benches all the time! I've also heard nothing but good reports from customers about the videos so it seems well worth checking out. I thought the prices were very reasonable as well.

Below is Barry's version of my wall mounted tool cabinet featured in the August 2013 edition of F&C magazine (doesn't time fly!). He's gone for two doors and done a very nice job.

As the eagle eyed amongst you will see, Barry is also a good customer of mine!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Beautifully Engraved Plane!

A while ago (actually a very long while!) I sent a cute little Slater chariot plane to be hand engraved by Ian Houghton http://www.spanglefish.com/metalstamps/index.asp
He's made me some name stamps in the past which are very nicely done but this is a whole different level.

He wouldn't say how much time he spent on the engraving but I guess it was considerable. The patterns are a perfect match on each side. Instead of payment he wanted one of my wooden hand planes which I have now stopped making, I guess I've got one more in me!

I particularly liked the Rio rosewood wedge on this plane with a mixture of sap and heart wood and a black line through the middle.

The detailing is superb, just remember when you are looking at this the plane is only 3 3/4" long.
It sits on the desk in my office (where I spend far too much time!) and is admired every day.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Great Wall Mounted Tool Cabinet.

Kevin, a customer from California sent over these pictures of his wall mounted tool cabinet and a very nice job he's done too!

There are a number of layers with doors opening to reveal more storage.

My dovetail guide was a great time savers with the dovetails for the carcass.

And here's a neat little way to hold his Lie Nielsen saws, although I wouldn't go closing the door too hard!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Customer Bench with Bench Crafted Classic Vice.

A couple of weeks ago I posted on a nice Roubo bench, made using the lamination method shown on my YouTube video. http://davidbarronfurniture.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/customer-roubo-bench.html
After careful consideration Nathan decided to fit a Bench Crafted Classic vice with a retro fit criss cross and here is the result. Apparently the gripping power is extraordinary.

Monday, 21 September 2015


Stuart, a good friend of mine has been working for some time now on lots of these oak linen-fold panels for a large settee he has made. They are most hand carved and have turned out very well.

Stuart is well into his seventies but is an avid woodworker who seems to enjoy larger scale projects. As I've got older my back has certainly began to appreciate smaller projects, boxes are nice!

The style certainly seems to suit the interior of his converted barn very well.

Here are just two of the many tools he used to complete this fine project.