Wet Wet Wet…

Wet Wet Wet…

Samuel Taylor Coleridge said it best –
Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

Through and Half-Blind Dovetails

Through and Half-Blind Dovetails

The use of dovetails can be traced back millennia to the Egyptians and the ancient Chinese, who used dovetails in their furniture. It is one of the strongest methods of joining two boards together at right angles. If the appearance of dovetails in a piece is not important, then the through dovetail can be employed, which is the simplest method to master.

Getting Hot Around the Collar – Making a Steam Bending Box

Getting Hot Around the Collar – Making a Steam Bending Box

Several years ago a friend of mine approached me saying that he wanted my help to make a shaker rocking chair. After looking through several reference books, it was clear that in order to get the shape needed for the back legs and the splats we were going to have to bend the wood, a technique I wasn’t terribly familiar with.

Humour in the Woodshop

Humour in the Woodshop

Humour in the Woodshop I was recently given a very nice set of Audel’s Carpenter’s & Builder’s Guide Vol. 1-4 1945 and have been working my way through them. Vol. 1 covers planes, chisels, saws, drills and measuring tools Vol. 2 covers builder’s...
Bent wood salad tongs

Bent wood salad tongs

Who doesn’t like a nice pair of hand crafted wooden salad tongs? These elegant salad tongs are handmade using a bent wood technique that creates a natural spring.