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Projects write ups with detailed instructions and in-depth explanations.

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Reviews of tools that have really been used and abused. Only the best survive.

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Taking something apart is the best way to learn about it.

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Router Table Coping Sled


To my mind one of the most useful jigs you can build for your router table is a coping sled. With a coping sled and a matched pair of cutters you can quickly and easily make elegant joints that would otherwise be very labour intensive. 

Festool Domino Sighting Adjustment

Festool Domino Sighting Adjustment

The Festool Domino is probably the best tool I own. It’s insanely expensive but when you’ve got to join to pieces of wood together with a good looking strong joint there’s few better ways. In this article I correct an issue I’ve been having by performing a Domino sighting adjustment.

Almost Free Router Table


About two years ago I found myself in need of a router table but without the inclination to buy one of the commercially made variety. I set myself the task of trying to make an almost free router table from the items I had lying around the house. This article shows the end result of […]

Pfeil Tools and the Sheffield List


Pfeil tools are very popular amongst woodcarvers but their numbering system differs from the widely used Sheffield List. The first few chisels are numbered in a similar way to the Sheffield List but after that it starts to deviate more substantially. In this article I attempt to match up the Pfeil numbering system with the […]

Woodcarving Tool Retailers


There are a lot of woodcarving tool retailers on-line so it’s easy to get lost in a sea of choices. I thought it would be helpful to put together a list of retailers that I’ve used or occasionally that I know people have used and are happy with. None of the retailers on this page have paid for […]

Woodcarving Tools Numbering – S...

Chisels Close Up

One of the first things a newcomer to carving will come across is the notation used to describe tools which will typically look something like this: #6 10mm. To a beginner this can be quite daunting, it doesn’t seem to be enough information to specify the tool. Fortunately with a little knowledge of the Sheffield List […]

Easy Childrens Easel


Christmas is coming and that means it’s time to get into the shop and build something for the kids. I like to try and build them something every year, and this year it’s going to be an easel for painting and drawing.

Recycled Sash Weights


As I’ve mentioned in other posts I’ve been making some sash windows over the last few months and the time has come to start hanging the sashes which requires sash weights. Due to a design time miscalculation of the weights of the windows I only bought about half the sash weights that I needed – I […]

Rat and Mouse Catching


A little while back I had to deal with a bit of a rat and mouse problem and, like most people, I called in the experts. The guy who turned up was really friendly and we got chatting about what he did for a living. I have to admit it was one of the most fascinating […]

BioShock Inspired Letter Rack

BioShock Inspired Letter Rack Titles

I’ve recently been playing BioShock Infinite and enjoying the Art Deco architecture and I thought I’d make something that would look at home in the game. As I had a few scraps of timber left over from another job I thought I’d use those to make a letter rack.