Allan Fyfe  |  Jun 03, 2008  |  0 comments

If, like me, you use traditional hand tools you know how important it is to sharpen them. The more work you do using your own motive force and wits the more you become aware of the value of a sharp chisel or saw.

Jeff Gorman  |  May 28, 2008  |  0 comments
Why do I do it? Sometimes I can understand it, although I can’t offer a full explanation! Just take a look at Pic.1 below. Working from the top left, you can see how my index finger locates the tip of the saw (top left), then helps to keep the saw vertical (top right). Finally, this finger holds the square’s blade down while the other three fingertips use the recess to grip the stock, and on the marking knife, it applies pressure to…

Stephen Simmons  |  May 26, 2008  |  0 comments
Attractive, hand-cut joints are more or less a prerequisite of quality furniture. This is largely to do with aesthetics, but at the same time, there’s an appreciation for the ingenuity of joints like the secret mitered dovetail. Precise joints can secure a piece of furniture with only the additional use of glue, and even the early, relatively crude, mortise and tenons needed just twin wooden pegs to strengthen them.

The emphasis on…

Derek Willis  |  May 23, 2008  |  0 comments
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Use of Van Dyke Crystal Stain for Ebonising Oak I have shown a weak mixture and a stronger mixture to show how the effect can be varied.

Sparky  |  May 21, 2008  |  0 comments
Once I saw the size of the bottle and read the instructions I couldn't help thinking that this new organic rust remover wouldn't be successful from the 250ml of Restore mixed with 4.75lts of water ..yes, that's right, water, a 19 to 1 ratio would remove all of the rust from my 30 year old tools. Well, here's how it went. Firstly the safety gear. Rubber gloves face shield/goggles and all the windows open for ventilation just…

Jim Hanna  |  May 20, 2008  |  0 comments
Pocket hole assembly alignment – homemade clamp

I first became aware of pocket-hole techniques after watching Norm Abram use a very expensive system to cut them. Norm’s system was clearly way out of my league, a huge piece of standing machinery with integrated router, drill and clamp, it was way more suited to a production environment than my humble shed but the technique looked very simple.

Andy King  |  Apr 17, 2008  |  0 comments
Ah, Sheffield. Built on seven hills she may be, but she’s not a beauty like Rome. The “ugliest town in the Old World”, George Orwell famously called her. “And the stench!” he went on. “If at rare moments you stop smelling sulphur it is because you have begun smelling gas.” Surrounded by sources of coal and iron, and powered in the pre-steam age by the water of five rivers, Sheffield grew up with dirt…

Darren Loucaides  |  Apr 07, 2008  |  0 comments
Rift table

“Another speculative piece, I made this in American walnut and English ash after being inspired by seeing the remains of earthquake damage in the Ionian Islands. The top is ‘rent asunder’ to provide a display space, in this case filled with spent urchin shells – from the very seas that surround the islands. The glass that covers the display space is set at the same height as the peaks of the rippled…

Darren Loucaides  |  Apr 07, 2008  |  0 comments

Squeezing past the carcases of half finished furniture, and threading between the makers who’re wielding hand tools, working at a huge tablesaw and around a state-of-the-art vacuum press, we finally reach the narrow design office that is the nucleus of Matthew Burt’s industrious workshop. He lifts his eyes briefly from his drawing board and shakes hands: “Hang on a minute. I just have to finish this layout; I’ve got a…

Darren Loucaides  |  Apr 07, 2008  |  0 comments

Click here for 'Root & Branches', the Matthew Burt profile piece by Darren Loucaides.

Kim has enjoyed spending a few weeks gathering work experience in Matthew’s workshop; the rest of the team have been together for several years