Month: March 2016

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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A Family of Hand Planes

Here is The Waney Edge Family of Hand Planes, all made by me (by hand) in my workshop.

These were made from scratch; no kits were involved (I don’t even think kits can be got any more!)

They are all excellent user planes and are frequently put to work. Made from

brass and exotic hardwoods each one is designed for a specific task.IMG_5275[1]

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Radial Arm Saw; to Have or not to Have!

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


Best Documented Build WinnerThis Project also won ‘Best Documented Build’ for March 2016 at Homemade

 To have or not to have a Radial Arm Saw? That is the question.The following is the text of an item, an abridged version of which, I posted on the forum recently. It concerns the perennial argument regarding Radial Arm Saws. Of its nature, the post was brief and therefore, certain safety issues had to be omitted. Be aware however, that every possible safety procedure is adhered to in my shop when using the RAS or any other machine or  tool (always including eye-protection and ear-protection)..
The article is my modest contribution to the argument ‘for’ Radial Arm Saws. I would appreciate feedback from other RAS users.
Please note: you are responsible for your own safety. Your shop, your tools and machines, machine settings, maintenance and methods etc. may all vary from mine. The methods and systems described here work for me. They may not work for you. It is up to you to ensure safe systems in your own work shop. Be aware that all machinery and even hand tools are dangerous; you may suffer serious and even fatal injury if proper care is not taken. You have been warned.

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