Back in Action!

Hello everybody,

I am sorry that I have not posted anything for some time. I have been out of action for the past six months or more for health reasons (recovering from surgery at the moment). Just getting back into the workshop now; tidying up and tooling-up for my next project.

Apologies also if I have missed replying to any messages.  If I have failed to reply to you please get in touch now.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has visited  this blog for their interest in what I try to do.

Best Wishes to all.


Necessity is the Mother of Invention: “The joint for the job”.

Another unusual project I found myself engaged in recently was refurbishing a bank of 12 Canary breeding cages. They were in very poor nick when they arrived in my shop. The (hardboard) back was badly split and actually fell off in three pieces following two light taps of a hammer. The front edges of most of the horizontal dividing boards were badly cut up and some of the vertical rails were chewed away to virtually nothing (parakeets had occupied the cages in an earlier existence and had left their mark. Now, the cages were to be refurbished for canaries). The dividing slides and the cleaning drawers were twisted and embedded with crud; fit only for the bin (and that’s where they went).



A sorry sight indeed. But Hey! I like a challenge.

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Workshop Extension: Almost There!

The extension to my shop is almost complete. Outside is finished bar a little tidying up, and wiring is being done on the interior at the moment. I think you’ll agree she’s looking good.


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Extension to the Waney Edge Workshop

I am building an extension to my shop at the moment.  My existing shop has become too cluttered and I am running out of space. I need to shift some of the machines (sanders and such) out of the main shop so that I can move about and work more safely. The construction is of simple, bolt-together panels that we are knocking together on-site, so that if the building ever needs to be removed for any reason, a spanner will be all that is required to take it down.


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Unusual Project!

I am in the middle of an unusual project at the moment.  It is the construction of a self-cleaning flight area in my bird-room (my other hobby is breeding Exhibition Budgerigars). The idea is that most of the debris that the budgerigars create will fall automatically into a large bucket or trug so that little or no time has to go into the laborious business of cleaning the bird flights out. I have designed the flight to achieve this purpose. Here are some progress photos.


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Coat Rack & Hat Shelf

Coats and jackets accumulate. Especially on the backs of chairs in the kitchen.  And hats and caps can strew the island worktop. This can be a matter of great annoyance to the lady of the house. Thus, it became necessary for me to construct a coat rack & hat shelf to accommodate these sundry garments.


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Japanese Joinery & Philosophy

Lately, in terms of wood craft,  I have been thinking about the Japanese philosophy of Simplicity, Modesty & the Appreciation of Nature. But then I have always, for many years anyway , had an interest in Japanese Joinery, the apparent simplicity of their tools and the wonder of their craft. I even made a few Japanese hand planes or Kanna, some years ago. See two of them below:

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The one on the right even has a genuine Japanese forged blade.

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Hand Plane Adjustment

Setting and Adjusting Infill Hand Planes

that do not have Adjuster Mechanisms.

This note is intended to accompany the above video on the subject of hammer-adjustment of infill hand planes. The video was made in response to a request from a forum member on Specifically, the questioner wanted to know how the plane should be handled and where it should be tapped with the hammer in order to make depth of cut adjustments. Because the video was made to specifically answer that question and because of technical difficulties regarding the length of the video, much had to be left out. I wish to try and correct these omissions now.

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More on Radial Arm Saws

Understanding Radial Arm Saws:

Their Safe Usage & Tuning.


Today, the Sliding Compound Mitre-saw, in its various guises, seems to have overtaken the Radial Arm Saw in popularity. This may be due to the clearly, more portable nature of the SCMS; its affordability or fears over the safety of the RAS. Perhaps a combination of all three factors is at play. Certainly, many compound mitre saws are reasonably priced and can be easily stowed in the boot of the car or in the tool box of a truck. Set-up on the job is reduced to minutes.


A DeWALT 721 Radial Arm Saw


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A Pause for Thought

Just thought I would pause for a moment so we can observe this beautiful March sunset, looking West over the roof of the Waney Edge Workshop.


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