Beautiful, Solid, Traditional Workbenches!

Stunning, functional and hand made in Wales!

It is with great pleasure that we can announce the availability of a range of workbenches, hand made from solid, slow grown, wonderful smelling pine and coated in Treatex Hard Wax Oil. The design is very similar to that which was given in the Working Wood 1, as a ‘build yourself a workbench project’, but we’ve had enquiries about buying these, ready made and ready assembled. So, the obvious response was to make a batch for sale. It’s been a great exercise for Jonathan, who has tackled the joinery with enthusiasm and determination…

The new benches for the woodworking club have been put to good use in making the new benches for sale to the public.

Fantastic hair for a woodworking apprentice! Jonathan was often up to his knees in shavings as he flattened and squared up the bench tops, aprons and leg frames! One design feature I really like is the use of tapered dovetailed wedges to tighten up the leg housing joints. It makes assembly and disassembly really easy for folks who want to put a work bench somewhere awkward, like an attic! If you click on the ‘Store’ Tab and then the ‘Work Benches’ tab on the top of that page, you’ll get straight to them.

The workbenches are designed to be broken down, but are supplied fully assembled.

 

It is with great pleasure that we can announce the availability of a range of workbenches, hand made from solid, slow grown, wonderful smelling pine and coated in Treatex Hard Wax Oil. The design is very similar to that which was given in the Working Wood 1, as a ‘build yourself a workbench project’, but… Read more »

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Woodfest Wales – Great Woodworking Show!

Woodfest Wales this year was a great success for the organisers and thankfully, apart from a bit of murkiness on Friday, it was good weather with loads of sunshine over the weekend. From chainsaw carving, pole climbing and axe cutting championships, to stunt bike riding, bowl turning and loads of stalls, there was loads to… Read more »

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Make a new plane iron.

Making a new plane iron is not as tricky as you may think. My all time steel of choice is O1. The reasons I really like to work with O1 tool steel:

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2 inch wide steel will give you two narrow irons or a wide one for a No.4 bench plane.

A couple of Dovetail Box Tips

There are lots of ways to clean up and level protruding tails and pins when your making dovetailed boxes. This is a method that’s quick and easy and I use all the time. Firstly, take a sharp chisel and pare the nubs towards the edge, but only go half way across or you’ll break out… Read more »

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Use the chisel bevel down and pare upwards half way across.

Part 5: Toolbox Project – Haunches and mortises

When making cabinet doors, folks often wander if it’s better to cut the mortises or tenons first. Well the truth is, it really does not matter so long as you don’t make the common mistake of cutting the mortice oversize through forgetting about the groove. A guaranteed way to avoid this is simply to cut… Read more »

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For each set, clamp the stiles together and set out the rails and mid stile as they will be when assembled.

Part 4: Toolbox Build – Tenons for the frame and panel work.

  With your dovetailed box done, it’s time to start the frame and panel work. I’ve chosen a very simple design to make this a nice easy introduction for the woodworking club members. A single groove is plowed right down the middle of the stock, with no chamfers or moldings to complicate things. This groove… Read more »

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Grooving is the place to start!

Part 3: Toolbox Build – The Next Step

With your box dovetailed together, glued up and ready, the next step is to prepare the materials for the two identical paneled frames, one for each side of the tool box. The back frame is fixed and the front will be removable. The materials you’ll need for the frame are all pieces of 3×1 planed… Read more »

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The frame is absolutely rigid even before glue up!

Mill your own lumber (US) or saw up your own trees (UK)

Even if you haven’t got a Wood Mizer style bandsaw, you can still mill, air dry and use your own lumber. What you will need however is a decent chainsaw, access to a reasonably powerful surface planer and a small to medium sized bandsaw.

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This log was just on this limit of my what would fit onto the table.

Part 2: Toolbox Build is Underway!

Our Monday woodworking club saw the start of the tool box project, which is really exciting, considering a few members have only just cut their first set of dovetails! On a good sized dovetail project, there are a few really good tips I want to share to make sure that everyone building this toolbox gets… Read more »

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I like to cut tails first so that's what I teach.