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

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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.

Project 4 – Workshop Cabinet

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Make This Workshop Tool Cabinet

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

make this workshop cabinetThis project was included mainly to demonstrate modern cabinet making techniques. If you can make this cabinets you can make a kitchen!

Obviously the dimensions of the cabinet can be varied depending on your situation. In my workshop I have positioned the cabinet in a corner so the right hand door opens against a wall. I have fitted a chisel and screw driver rack to the inside of the door. This means the door can be left open without sticking out into the room and the tools removed from the rack easily. I would have liked to include in the book instructions on making this rack, the middle shelf is narrow to cater for this, but space constraints defeated me. Space is not so limited here so this is a link to instructions on making a simple tool rack.

The interior arrangements can also be varied depending on the sort of work you do.

Project 3 – Side Table

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Make This Side Table

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

make this side tableThis is the project that we do on my four day beginners course, in fact we complete the table in two days. We cut four of the mortice and tenons using the router, the other four joints are done with a domino jointer.

When fitting the mortice and tenons you have to be quite meticulous about cleaning up the shoulders of the tenons. You will be surprised how the slightest doming where the tenon was cut away for the end shoulders will lead to a gap between shoulder and mortice piece.

Cleaning up the sawn surface of the leg taper can be difficult. The plane will rock at the point where the taper meets top surface near the joint. Assuming you are planing from the top of the leg down (although sometimes the gain direction may mean planing the other way) you need to press down firmly on the front knob at the start of the cut to  “tell” the plane it should be cutting on the tapered plane.

Project 2 – Skeleton Shelves

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Make These Skeleton Shelves

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

how to make shelves like these skeleton shelvesFirst of all an admission! I have spotted an error in the text, the cutting list in the book specifies the length of the middle shelf at 1324mm it should be 1224mm.

Although you do need to be careful cutting the joints on this project the actual construction is fairly straight forward. However before your start you must check that the wall the shelves will be fitted to is fairly straight as any deviation may make fitting tricky.

You may find that clamping is a problem. As mentioned in the book some clamps can be joined end to end to increase clamping length.

Another option is to use clamping heads fitted to wooden shafts. I remember using some made by Paramo many years ago when I first started in woodwork. Unfortunately the Paramo ones are no longer produced, these ones from Faithful look similar but are of inferior design.

Project 1 – Bread Board

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

Make A Bread Board

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

make a bread board like thisThe dimensions for the board can be varied depending on what timber you have available and the size of the bread knife used.

Although the cutting lists specify that the board is composed of two approximately equal width boards jointed together it could be made from any number of boards. Actually the more parts the better as this would limit warping.

You could experiment with different woods to get a stripy effect, maple and cherry perhaps.

You need a long router bit to cut the slot for the knife. I get my bits from Wealden Tools, the one you need is part number T206S. You may need to insert the cutter slightly beyond the indicated mark on the shank to get the depth.

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