Month: August 2015

Shop Built Slot Mortising Machine

Tool of the Week Winner
This project won Tool of the Week at


Here is a Slot Mortising Machine I made mostly from bits and pieces that I had lying about the shop. It is therefore, by far the cheapest machine I have and a very handy addition to my workshop.

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Restoration of Music Box

A friend has asked me to restore a piano-style, mahogany music box that was made by his late father-in-law some 40 years ago. It had been kept by the family as an heirloom. My friend’s wife was given the box by a relative last year but it was in a sorry state; legs broken off, a piece broken off the lid, musical movement not working, inner lining dirty and the whole thing generally very tired. The restoration project is meant to be a surprise for my friend’s wife (so mums the word!).

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Restaurant Project

A friend of mine who owns a couple of restaurants asked me to make him a wall-hung Menu Holder and a set of Shot Serving Sticks. Walnut was the order of the day.

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The River Inney Mitre Plane

I like to name my hand planes after Irish geographical features; rivers, lakes, mountains and so forth. This mitre plane is The River Inney design. She is 7.5″ long and ideal for cross-grain work and obviously, shooting mitres. Also cuts a mean chamfer; a little at a time as the mouth is tight.


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