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Pedal power

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Derek Jones

16 March 2015

This marvellous contraption is another exhibit from the TATHS collection at Amberly Working Museum in West Sussex. Not withstanding the economy class seat it looks like a fantastic idea. Can"t beat a good cardio vascular workout first thing in the morning. ...

TATHS group

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Derek Jones

2 March 2015

In preparation for an upcoming article, I nipped over to Amberley Working Museum in West Sussex the other day to meet with Colin Sullivan and the other members of the TATHS group, that manage a large collection of historical tools and equipment. The subject for this particular visit was the Old Saw  ...

Saw Till

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Derek Jones

9 February 2015

There"s one sure fire way to find out if your tool collecting is running away with you; build a cabinet with a specific/fixed/non-negotiable amount of space for said tools. My solution this month was this saw till. Apart from one 26" long rip saw, which I will do everything I can to avoid having ...

Wax without the bees

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Derek Jones

15 January 2015

Any day now the February edition of F&C will drop on the mat and it will have three simple-to-follow recipes for making your own wax polish. Apart from the solvents used – white spirit or turpentine – they all contain beeswax, which, although acceptable for use on bare and finished surfaces should n ...

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 ...

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