How to cut a mortice and tenon by hand.

How to cut a mortice and tenon by hand.

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Video | No Comments

Here’s a half hour video on how to set out and cut a mortice and tenon using just hand tools.

Honing – how to get a really sharp edge in under 30 seconds. (The short version).

Honing – how to get a really sharp edge in under 30 seconds. (The short version).

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Video | No Comments

This is a shortened version of my “Honing – How to get a really sharp edge in under 30 seconds” video which I must admit is quite long. If you want detail on honing media and the principles of sharpening the long version is for you, if your attention is short then this is probably better.

How to make your extractor bags reuseable

How to make your extractor bags reuseable

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Video | No Comments

Modern vacuum bags are very expensive, especially the reuseable ones which can be over £100. Here’s how to save money by converting disposable bags into reuseable.

How to cut lap dovetails – The Art of Slow Dovetailing II

How to cut lap dovetails – The Art of Slow Dovetailing II

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Video | No Comments

Cutting lap dovetails is similar to cutting through dovetails. The difference is that you can’t cut all the way through when cutting the pins. Instead they have to be chopped out with a chisel. Here I show how to mark out and cut a set of lapped dovetails as may be used on a drawer front.

How to cut through dovetails – An Introduction to Slow Dovetailing

How to cut through dovetails – An Introduction to Slow Dovetailing

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Video | No Comments

You often see videos on youtube of people cutting dovetails very quickly, very impressive but not very instructional. In this video I give a step by step guide on marking out and cutting through dovetails.

How to flatten the back of a chisel or plane iron.

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Video | No Comments

To work properly a chisel must have a perfectly flat back. This also applies to plane blades to some degree. Very few new chisels are ready to use straight from the box, the back need flattening (known as lapping) and machining marks from manufacture need to be removed. Second hand chisels and plane irons usually […]

How to flatten water and oil stones

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Video | No Comments

In another video I show how to flatten the back of plane irons and chisels. All the work of flattening is wasted if your stones aren’t flat, as a dip in a stone will be transferred to the blade back when honing. In this video I show the technique for stone flattening. Of course this […]

How to get a really sharp chisel in under 30 seconds.

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Video | No Comments

Sharp tools are the basis of the craft and sharpening technique is a frequent topic of argument among woodworkers. I believe sharpening should be done as quickly as possible so you can get back to working wood. It is also better for your tools as you will see in this video.   If you like […]

How to make a router table cabinet.

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Video | No Comments

This video follows on from those on making a router table and fence. It shows how to make a cabinet for the table to sit on. The cabinet includes an extraction box and uses a car jack for rise and fall, especially useful if you do not have the ability to adjust from above. For […]

How to build a router table and fence

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Video | No Comments

These two videos show how I went about making a router table using a piece of kitchen worktop and an aluminium insert from Axminster Power Tool Centre and then went on to make an accurate adjustable fence for the table. If you do not have a router table I would recommend either buying or making […]

Tip – How to remove a router collet

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Video | No Comments

Most half inch collet routers have interchangeable collets, the problem is that removing the collet from the retaining nut can be a problem. This tip solves that problem and also saves the unused collet in a safe place. If you like what you’ve read or know someone who would,please help me spread the word by […]

Tip – Magnetic cramp heads

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Video | No Comments

Cramping up can be a right pain when you are working on your own. This little invention can help. If you like what you’ve read or know someone who would,please help me spread the word by using the buttons belowThankyou, Chris. 

How to improve a plane’s performance by fettling the chip breaker

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Video | No Comments

There are various ways to get a plane working at maximum performance, most of which I cover on my Beginners and sharpening and fettling courses. The part which seems to give the most problems appears to be the chip breaker. Here I describe how we deal with it. It has been difficult to film some […]

Cutting a lap joint – how to use a paring chisel

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Video | No Comments

This is an exercise I teach on my four day beginners and basic jointing weekend. Not because the lap is a common joint, more to teach the skill of paring which is a basic hand skill. It’s useful to watch this video in conjunction with my planing and sawing videos. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=esy25rsWtl4 If you like what […]

How to plane straight and square

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Video | No Comments

Acquiring the skill of hand planing takes practice but once you have mastered it you will find the plane is much more versatile than you thought. This video gives you some pointers for how to plane straight and square. If you like what you’ve read or know someone who would,please help me spread the word […]

How to sharpen a cabinet scraper

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Video | No Comments

The cabinet scraper is one of my favourite tools. A simple piece of steel that is capable of very nuanced work. However, as with all tools, it needs to be sharp. Here I explain how to tell when it needs sharpening and how sharpen a cabinet scraper to get a really good burr. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KqPFQHqWJg If […]

How to Saw Straight

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Video | No Comments

Deceptively difficult, this short video should show you how to saw straight and get a square end! It takes practice of course. If you like what you’ve read or know someone who would,please help me spread the word by using the buttons belowThankyou, Chris.