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End of Year Blog

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Derek Jones

22 December 2014

Around about this time last year I put together a look back a the best bits of the last 12 months as featured in F&C and as my bench area is stacked out with a number of WIP - work in progress - projects, it seems like the best way to round things off again. The January issue No.214 kicked off with  ...

Sawyer’s Bench

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Derek Jones

10 December 2014

It’s not often I get the chance to follow through with all of the content we feature in the magazine, but with a little time on my hands last week, I slipped into the category of reader/woodworker. My project of choice was Tom Fidgen’s sawyer’s bench from the Winter issue - No.226. I’ve been balanci ...

Closing the dovetail transfer window

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Derek Jones

26 November 2014

It"s pretty much impossible to say anything new about the process of dovetailing, such is our fascination with this joint. But as long as we are in the business of recruiting new practitioners to our cause, there will always be room to share the odd tip or two especially if they prove to be some ...

Veritas Bevel Down No.5 1\2 bench plane

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Derek Jones

14 November 2014

I took delivery of my new Veritas Bevel Down plane about eight weeks ago, around about the same time as we ran a story in the magazine about Lee Valley, the people behind Veritas and ultimately the people behind the development of this plane. If you can, check that out - it was in the November issue ...

Nice pins

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Derek Jones

22 October 2014

I’ve decided to put this little blog post up to cover off an article in F&C 226, which comes out at the end of November. There simply wasn’t the space to get this last little bit in the article. So before the closing sequence, here’s a recap. Or should that be a heads-up? Anyway, we’ve been making k ...

Plain English

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Derek Jones

16 October 2014

Spit and polish, elbow grease and gumption. Don"t you just love words sometimes? We haven"t got a clue what they are but we all know exactly what they mean. My task yesterday was to employ a combination of all three to rejuvenate this little Chinese table. By the looks of it, I"m not the ...

The joy of sets

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Derek Jones

3 October 2014

I was hoping to get round to sharing with you some of my observation on the new range of Veritas Bevel Down bench planes this week, but it’s not going to happen. If it’s worth doing, and, it is by the way, it’s worth spending the time and that’s in short supply right now. So instead and as it’s been ...

International influence

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Derek Jones

4 September 2014

You know, it hardly seems worth taking a holiday when you end up burning the candle at both ends to make up for lost time. Does it sound like I’m thrilled to bits to be back in the office? Actually, I am. This is our busiest part of the year and the pace is somewhere between fast and frantic. For us ...

Class Dismissed

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Derek Jones

6 August 2014

If the family that easts together stays together then we"d better bring out the bouncy castle for the reunion when these two groups next get together. In total 35 students were the first in the UK to attend a class with Christopher Schwarz to build one of two tool chests that have become synonym ...

One-week course

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Derek Jones

23 July 2014

This week I"ve mostly been listening to the sound of dovetails being cut and chopped out by hand, by the 18 students attending a one-week course at Warwickshire College. For a brief moment I had a glimpse of what it might have been like as a shop based joiner/cabinetmaker in the 18th or 19th-cen ...

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