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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 ...

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 ...

Show Time!

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Derek Jones

18 July 2014

It"s that time of year again, the one we euphemistically refer to as "Show Time" around here, as the woodworking team prepares for their annual soiree at the seaside, or to give it it’s proper title the "PR Industrial Tool Show". Held at the American Express Community Stadium in  ...

Small-scale precision

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Tegan Foley

4 July 2014

Hello! I am sitting in for Derek while he is in Canada visiting some tool manufacturers so thought I would take this opportunity to write my first F&C blog! As usual, things in the woodworking office are busy: we are on deadline for issue 222, so just putting the finishing touches to what looks to b ...

Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Derek Jones

27 June 2014

It"s the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, so an early start planned tomorrow. Apparently there have been some lengthy queues, up to four hours so I"m told, to get into the site but hey, it"ll be well worth it. I can"t remember ever having to wait that long to get into a woodw ...

In for a penny, in for a pound

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Derek Jones

11 June 2014

A quid. That"s all I had to pay for this panel saw from a local bric-a-brac shop. Any more and I might not have bothered as it was in such a poor state, but there"s a lot to be said for the thrill of the chase and considering the stake, I couldn"t really leave it behind. This is the firs ...

The Festool Truck Tour

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Derek Jones

27 May 2014

I don’t know about you but these Bank Holidays and half terms are playing havoc with my schedule. No sooner do you get a project underway than it coughs and splutters to a standstill leaving a pile of unfinished components in sticks awaiting the next process. I’ve got three such piles on the go at t ...

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