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February 21, 2019

I am fond of my latest gig for cutting dovetail keys at the bandsaw. As you can see it allows for very accurate work while maintaining your hands at a distance for the blade. It makes for swiftly shifting the stock too, and we can cut different sizes on it.

 

January 15, 2019

Here is the exercise on dovetailing we'll be doing at the Level 1 course (an almost identical version of it, anyway). You can see my favorite method for transferring the tails into the pin board: David Barron's dovetail alignment gig on my Moxon vice. 

The suede feet ar...

January 9, 2019

This past december two students and I have been building their workbenches. I am very fond of this design (my own personal collection of features). It will hold any piece of timber in the right position for any operation you might want to do. It is very robust, practic...

September 10, 2018

It's been long since my last post! Since I'm on Instagram the blog isn't getting much attention...

A regular student asked for a workshop on building Joseph Moxon's vise, so I have been building mine first to figure out all the explanations and aspects to be considered....

May 1, 2018

I finally came up with a new project for inexperienced students that can be completed over a weekend and is still a functional design. It's his little stool with a hexagonal top. It is assembled with wedged round tenons. A joy to build! Both students could complete it...

April 1, 2018

A great show in the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. Open untill May 21, 2018! 

It explains in a very entertaining fashion the trajectory of William Morris, a prominent figure in the English Arts & Crafts movement. There you will find not only furniture, but a great a...

March 13, 2018

A couple of weeks ago I was sharing with Manu and Vigdis my approach to preparation and sharpening of chisels and plane blades. We have been working on the flattening of the back and sharpening on both flat and cambered blades. Manu brought an old Stanley no. 3 and Vig...

March 1, 2018

I recently visited a show about Adolf Loos (1870-1933), a revolutionary architect and interior designer counted among the pioneers of modern architecture. The exhibition took place at the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona and was impeccably curated by Pilar Parcerisas. I...

August 5, 2017

Many tools can be made at the shop!

Here, a selection of some I made recently, which I'm very fond of: they are not only beautiful, but really accurate instruments. I'm not showing them at use but you'll see them in action in future posts, no doubt!

A marking gauge with...

July 7, 2017

Making a pair of winding sticks is a great exercise on precision dimensioning of wood: the more accurate they are made, the more subtle winding they can measure. These are made from Mahogany (a reclaimed piece that has been waiting in a cellar for two or three decades)...

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