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Ian Taylor  |  Jan 08, 2008  |  0 comments
Refurbished bench top with a new lease of life I couldn't avoid it any longer: my workbench needed help. It had been looking the worse for wear for a while and something needed to be done. I have to admit that I hadn't been taking as much care of it as I should have, so its decline had accelerated in recent months. It was time to take remedial action. Before refurbishment: needing a little TLC Quick refurb This type of…

Ben Plewes  |  May 07, 2009  |  0 comments
PART 2       The tool tray To form the ends of the tool tray recess, I cut two lengths of 50 x 155mm beech at 45° on one end, and glued them to the rear of the bench-top. I then glued a 25 x 100mm plank of beech across these blocks to form the rear of the tool tray; two pieces of 20 x 10mm beech fitted under the top on either side of the recess provided a lip to support the trays 4mm MDF bottom.  …

Tony Sutton  |  May 08, 2009  |  0 comments
Some 20 years ago, when I first became seriously interested in woodworking, I began by making furniture for the house. Money was tight, so I used melamine-covered chipboard held together with dowels and screws, and worked on a cheap copy of the famous Black & Decker workmate in a cold, damp single garage at the end of the garden. My early skills, on the other hand, came from my father, who was a cabinetmaker and later a carpenter too, so my…

Tegan Foley  |  Jun 22, 2022  |  0 comments
Peter Scaife presents an ideal project for those looking to use up leftovers, who may wish to practise or learn a few new woodworking skills
Tegan Foley  |  Jul 07, 2022  |  0 comments
Paolo Pisani takes a look at this wonderful natural wood surface property, which involves a shift in colour depending on lighting or observation direction
Tegan Foley  |  Apr 30, 2024  |  0 comments
Peter Vivian receives one of his most unusual commissions to date – an acoustic guitar stand in the shape of a Concorde supersonic airliner
Tegan Foley  |  Jun 15, 2022  |  0 comments
Combining various projects in one and requiring the use of multiple turning techniques, Philip Bradley shares the design for his unique dip pen wand
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…

Tegan Foley  |  Aug 26, 2022  |  0 comments
Windsor chairmaker James Mursell explains why the spokeshave is his favourite workshop tool
Tegan Foley  |  Aug 30, 2022  |  0 comments
Peter Dunsmore’s elegant carriage clock is simple to make, using little timber and a few router cutters
Tegan Foley  |  Apr 06, 2022  |  0 comments

When it came to sourcing timber for a new project, rather than paying a visit to his local timber merchant, Gareth Jones turned to the offcuts pile, using various bits to make a range of tool racks

Tegan Foley  |  Oct 28, 2022  |  0 comments
Michael Allsop presents an alternative approach to a typical mantelpiece clock project, using only hand tools
Tegan Foley  |  Mar 29, 2023  |  0 comments
Peter Vivian finally gets around to a weekend project that’s been on his to-do list for 12 years – making a new Mission-style case for an Amberley clock, which features a lovely eight-day Smiths Westminster chime movement
Peter Benson  |  Jun 09, 2008  |  0 comments
Make time for organisation While I was working, there was never enough time to set up or maintain a workshop. Since leaving the rat race, however, I’ve finally been able to convert my garage into a proper workshop which has been a source of enormous satisfaction. Apart from the luxury of being able to manoeuvre easily and find everything when I need it, I’ve realised that organisation + self-discipline = efficiency. It’s…

Tegan Foley  |  Jul 10, 2023  |  0 comments
If you’re looking to make an outdoor project that’s not only straightforward but uses readily available timber, Geoff Ryan’s handy outdoor table, which can be tailored to meet individual requirements, is sure to fit the bill