The Woodworker  |  Dec 18, 2007  |  0 comments
The fact is that 21st Century wood windows are durable, secure, double glazed, green and beautiful. But whilst home owners prefer wood windows because of their environmental and aesthetic qualities, they still don’t believe that they will weather the test of time according to the latest MORI research commissioned by the Wood Windows Alliance (WWA)1, a new industry campaign to promote the qualities of modern wood windows.
The Woodworker  |  Dec 14, 2007  |  0 comments
Mike Morris has built a fully road legal wooden bodied car in the UK. The body is made from Mahogany strips on an Ash frame. This video shows the car in action which is now up for sale to help fund Mike's next project, a wooden truck!

Andy Standing  |  Nov 14, 2007  |  0 comments
The Titan is the cheapest machine on test. It has a steel body with a onepiece opening front door. The table is made from fairly rough alloy, and is supplied with a rip fence and a sliding plastic mitre fence.

The blade runs on a fairly small pair of alloy wheels, though it isn’t a problem to make it track properly and also to apply a fair amount of tension.

Andy Standing  |  Nov 14, 2007  |  0 comments
The Ryobi is an attractive piece of equipment which has been carefully designed, and it incorporates some useful features. The alloy body is well braced with a one-piece blade access door; somewhat surprisingly, there are no safety interlocks on it, so the machine will run with the door open.

The blade runs on a pair of fairly substantial cast alloy wheels, and there’s a good blade tensioning system with a quick-release…

Good Woodworking  |  Nov 14, 2007  |  0 comments
In the UK, Startrite’s bandsaws have long been seen as something of a benchmark: the old UK-built models seem to go on forever, and are still to be found in workshops up and down the country. Startrite’s bandsaws are now made in Italy, but they enjoy the same build quality, and the 401E is absolutely rock solid.

At 390mm, the Startrite’s throat capacity is the smallest on test, but its depth of cut is a huge 400mm, which is a…

The Woodworker  |  Sep 20, 2007  |  0 comments
It’s Saturday in High Wycombe. In 96 hours, Peter Rolfe’s writing desk has to be finished and in Cheltenham, ready for the opening of the Betty Norbury — the familiar shorthand for the annual Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design exhibition of which Betty is the curator. It’s a deadline that Peter can’t afford to miss: the exhibition is arguably the premier showcase for…

The Woodworker  |  Sep 10, 2007  |  0 comments
This stunning limited-edition edge plane is cast in stainless steel using the lost-wax process. It shares the same long body, oversize grip and polished hand-contact areas as our bronze plane, but incorporates the advanced blade adjuster and stabilizing set screws from our iron edge plane.

It has a 14° bed angle and a 30° blade skew and comes with a 1/8" thick, 1-1/4" wide lapped A2 steel blade. The depth-adjustment mechanism is a…

Keith Smith  |  Sep 02, 2007  |  0 comments
Air Drying Air drying is the traditional method of drying timber. Once the log has been sawn, the boards are stacked on battens or ‘stickers’ These should be made of softwood to prevent marking the boards. Stacks are built up which should be protected from rain and sunlight. If green wood is exposed to the elements the heart doesn’t dry and the outside keeps cycling from wet (when it rains) to dry (when the sun shines) this is one cause…

Ben Plewes  |  Aug 21, 2007  |  0 comments
If your workshop is anything like mine, the addition of this surface thicknessing jig will be a welcome one. It does exactly what it says on the tin, insofar as it allows you to surface a wide board using a thicknesser. The problem I encountered in my basement sized workshop was that I had enough room for a small six inch surface planer (on wheels) and a ‘portable’ thicknesser (also on a wheeled cabinet). The thicknesser can plane timber…

Keith Smith  |  Aug 02, 2007  |  0 comments
...After Before and... My workshop used to be a stable block and I thought that trying to insulate the whole area effectively would be an impossible task. So I just insulated and heated one of the 11ft square loose boxes and tried to work on smaller projects in the winter. This year I had some larger commissions and needed to work through the cold weather. I then had a little accident. I was planing the edge square on some…