A new hand made dovetail saw.

A new hand made dovetail saw.

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

skelton sawAt the recent Northern Woodworking and Power Tool show in Harrogate Shane Skelton of Skelton Saws came to my stand to show me his new dovetail saw. Shane has taken the bold step of setting up as the only handmade saw maker in the UK, challenging the US dominance in the market.  I must say his first offering was very impressive.

The 10” dovetail saw has 15 tpi rip cut teeth with a canted blade (slightly narrower at the front than the back) and a very fine rosewood handle (which Shane assured me was from sustainable sources). The saw had a nice balance and trying it out on a piece of sycamore proved that the cut was quick and fine. I thought that the 15 tpi would mean the starting cut would be difficult however this was not the case, a testament to Shanes fine hand filing. The saw had a similar feel to a Gramercy dovetail saw belonging to a former American student of mine, strange, as the Gramercy has much finer teeth.

Review of Quangsheng No. 5 bedrock jack plane

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Newsletter articles | No Comments

In recent years Quangsheng planes from China have been providing an economic alternative to the more up market offerings from Lie Neilsen and Clifton. In this article I find out whether the cheaper alternative is worth considering.

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Review of Mirka Ceros 650cv

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Articles, Newsletter articles | No Comments

A really good random orbital sander can save you a lot of time. Here I review the Ceros ROS which we use in the workshop.

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Review of Hammer A3 31 planer thicknesser

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Articles, Newsletter articles | One Comment

When I set up my workshop in Ilkley I swapped to single phase supply and needed a new P/T I chose the Hammer A3 31 here’s a review of it’s performance.

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