Dear reader, 

Bit of a hiatus on the Newsletter front - funny how other things take on a whole new level of importance and consume greater amounts of time initially than you thought.

Currectly working on the 6th article for woodworking Crafts The first article is available in this newsletter - read on.

Thanks for your continued interest.

Michael

A Beginners Guide to Using Hand Tools and Traditional methods

A Beginners Guide to Using Hand Tools and Traditional methods

18th and 19th century English joiner’s tool kit from The Wealden Museum, West Sussex

BEGINNERS' GUIDE:
Using hand tools and traditional methods to make a draw-bored mortise and tenon joint.

The first of several articles on using hand tools.

This article first appeared in The GMC Group's publication Woodwork Craft Issue 1 June 2015
We have one drawer in our kitchen that contains our shared tools.  The tools we reach for when something needs doing and I don’t want to trek to the woodshop to get my tools. It’s a set of tools that has taken years to refine, based totally on our needs. You could call them ‘Necessary Tools’. English Joiner’s through the years have used a small selection of tools  and were able to produce a wide variety of beautiful furniture.

THE TRADITIONAL JOINER'S TOOL KIT
When starting out acquiring tools it's easy to be confused with the plethora available, some so specialized that you may only use them once or twice.  It's important to not fall for the more is better philosophy – if I have this tool or that tool I'd be a better craftsman.

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Future Coffee Table - in the works


I acquired several slabs of Cherry that I thought would make a nice cherry coffee table to replace the one I made a couple of years ago. These slabs are well out of true and need flattening - quite a workout!

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Mystery tool of the Week -2

If you think you know what this tools is - add a comment.

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Firewood Project - Part 1

Firewood Project - Part 1

Fortunately the winter ran out before the wood, but it was c …

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New Logo

Out with the old and in with the new

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