Why face side and face edges are so important in woodwork

Why face side and face edges are so important in woodwork

Posted on Mar 14, 2018 in Video, Videos for Beginners | No Comments
#4 in the series: 'Notes for the home woodworker'. One of the most important learning points for good and great woodwork. Establishing good face side and face edges and sound notation are vital to good work, here I explain why.
What to look for when buying second hand woodwork planes

What to look for when buying second hand woodwork planes

Posted on Mar 11, 2018 in Video, Videos for Beginners | No Comments
#3 in the series: 'Notes for the home woodworker'. Guide to buying a good woodwork plane on Ebay or elsewhere and avoid the turkeys.
All about the Bailey pattern woodworking plane – taking apart and reassembly

All about the Bailey pattern woodworking plane – taking apart and reassembly

Posted on Mar 7, 2018 in Video, Videos for Beginners | No Comments
#2 in the series 'Notes for the home woodworker' Understanding how a woodwork plane (my favourite hand tool) really works will help you to set your planes up correctly and use the right plane in the right way to get the best results in your home woodworking.
Woodwork toolkit for the beginner

Woodwork toolkit for the beginner

Posted on Mar 6, 2018 in Video, Videos for Beginners | No Comments
#1 in the series: 'Notes for the home woodworker'. Video describing the recommended woodwork hand tool kit for the beginner wanting to go beyond DIY. This is the first video in my new video series 'Notes for the home woodworker' which is aimed at the beginner and less experienced woodworker.
Teaching the first course at the British hardwoods School of Woodwork.

Teaching the first course at the British hardwoods School of Woodwork.

Posted on Jan 20, 2018 in Blog | No Comments
I teach the first course at the British Hardwoods School of Woodwork.
Cabinet making on 6-10th November –  Reduced by 10%.

Cabinet making on 6-10th November – Reduced by 10%.

Posted on Sep 18, 2017 in Blog, Discounts, News and Events | No Comments
This course is a chance to refine your dovetailing techniques and learn to make piston fit drawers, the sort that push the other drawers out as you close them.
Sam and Mike’s chairs

Sam and Mike’s chairs

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Student Gallery | No Comments
A look at how two students on last years chair making course have developed their skills.
Afifa’s coffee table

Afifa’s coffee table

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Student Gallery | No Comments
Afiifa has been coming to my evening classes for about eighteen months. She made a good job of this oak and smoked glass coffee table. The mitring of the leg corners and fitting ot the undershelf required precise work which she enjoys.
Friedel’s book cases

Friedel’s book cases

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Student Gallery | No Comments
Friedel has become something of a book case expert since starting my evening classes. His work presents a bit of a challenge in the class setting because it is so large. His recent book case was approximately 3 metres square. He has a good eye for mixing styles using elements both old and new and has pulled it off in both these pieces.
The knights of the round tables.

The knights of the round tables.

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Blog | No Comments
A look at a recent router skills course where students made circular occasional tables using the router to it's fullest extent.
First batch of woodworking tools sent to Kids Club Kampala

First batch of woodworking tools sent to Kids Club Kampala

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in Blog | No Comments
The first batch of tools have been despatched to Kids Club Kampala.
Teaching at British Hardwoods

Teaching at British Hardwoods

Posted on Jul 26, 2017 in Blog | No Comments
Next year I will be teaching my basic skills courses at the new teaching workshop at British Hardwoods near Skipton.
Course Bookings Now Support The Kids Club Kampala Charity

Course Bookings Now Support The Kids Club Kampala Charity

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 in Blog | No Comments
I have been interested in development issues for over 40 years. As a professional woodworker I have a special interest in the problems of craft workers in the developing world and the difficulty in accessing good quality tools.
British Hardwoods go back to their roots.

British Hardwoods go back to their roots.

Posted on May 31, 2017 in Blog | No Comments
Regular visitors to British Hardwoods will have noticed a new buzz at their depot in Crosshills. The car park is filling with tree trunks and there appears to be a large container parked outside.
Harrogate Woodworking Show 17-19th November 2017

Harrogate Woodworking Show 17-19th November 2017

Posted on May 13, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments
In will be at the North of England Woodwork and Power Tool exhibition again this year. A chance to catch up with friends and students old and new.
Mike’s saw sharpening

Mike’s saw sharpening

Posted on May 13, 2017 in Blog, Student Gallery | No Comments
Mike has attended a number of my courses, in April he came on the Saw Sharpening course which is taught by the saw maker Shane Skelton of Skelton Saws. Mike recently emailed me with an update on his saw sharpening activities. It just shows what you can do after some of Shanes expert tuition, so I thought I would reproduce it here verbatim.

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Complete Woodworking goes European.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments
Complete Woodworking is selling strongly in Europe, woodwork sans frontiers!
The Design Chapter

The Design Chapter

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 in Complete Woodworking, Uncategorized | No Comments
This was intended as a chapter in my book "Complete Woodworking" but was cut due to lack of space. So instead I have included it here
Hat’s off to Duffields

Hat’s off to Duffields

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 in Blog | No Comments
Excellent service from Duffields.

Project 5 – Memory Box

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 in Complete Woodworking | One Comment

Make This Elegant Memory Box

resources for the project described in my book ‘Complete Woodworking’.

make this wooden collectors boxThis is the most challenging of the five projects in the book. It incorporates a number of different techniques into one piece. My original plan was to have dividers in the box so it could house collections of items but I decided this was “a bridge too far”.

Whenever I make a box I like to have the grain continuously run around the sides with the discontinuity at a back corner. This may seem a little obsessional but I think its little considerations like this that make the difference between a good piece and an exceptional one. Often beginners tend to try to get everything out of a very limited stock of wood, this can lead to some clashes of grain pattern which can spoil the look of a piece. I know it can be difficult when working on a limited budget but I think it is better if you can get more wood than you need so you have more options when selecting for grain continuity

Cutting off the lid can be tricky.