Latest Woodworking Blogs

Timber frame barn conversion #2: Another day some more done.

We are slowly getting through the mountain of repairs required on this timber frame. A lot of previous repairs have been done with some sort of soft wood possibly a spruce or Scots pine and it’s not stood up all that well. Theres some pieces...

Timber frame barn conversion #1: Getting a start in

So as I stated in my first blog on this job we have been called in mid term to rectify mistakes made. These mistakes really are too many to list and are quite frankly school boy errors and all are unavoidable with basic building knowledge, common...

Project builds #68: Sometimes I really should keep my mouth shut.

Good evening from a very wet but sunny Blighty. As you know by now from previous blogs I’m very much into old school crafts, from hedgelaying to blacksmithing I have dabbled in them all with various levels of success. One of these crafts that I...

Project #9: Pyrography Key Fob

Around mother’s day I finally got some time to myself and decided to get the pyrography kit out. My kit is just a bog standard pen with multiple tips from eBay so nothing special there. I had decided at the time that it was a good way to learn...

Hedgelaying #1: A bit further along.

So as you know from my first blog on hedgelaying I once earned 30-60% of my annual income from hedgelaying work. I’m currently laying 350m of hedge at home, I will sadly not get it done before the end of March cut off for cutting on the grant...

Rants from the chaos woodshop #4: Introducing a new craft.

As many of you know I earn my living from working wood in one form or another. Since 1998 though (when I was at agricultural college) I have also laid hedges. Hedgelaying is a mainly U.K. craft by which the hedgerow bush is cut part way through...

Help with info on a planer.

I’m looking at buying a 1998 CKM p-630 planer. I can’t find much info on it via google or other search sights. My Dad and I have a small sawmill operation and would like to add a planer to our tool cache for customers and for our own projects....

Project builds #67: Sash windows coming together

So I’ve had a couple of steady days at the sashes and have lights for one window done and glued up in clamps and the other pair machined up apart from the glazing bars. I started with the narrower window as it only has one vertical and one...

Project builds #66: Starting a run of new sashes

So it would seem I’m becoming some what of an area expert on the sash window. I have taken on another two small arch top sash windows, they are of Victorian style but are going to be double glazed with plant on beads. Lots of lead weight required...

Rants from the chaos woodshop #3: A little glimpse into my shop, especially for Jack.

Hello folks hope the new year is being good to you? My van spat its clutch out yesterday so after spending all morning looking at yet more work and arguing with an architect I had lost all enthusiasm this afternoon so I took some photos of the...