Wednesday 14 May 2014

Give me a brake!

They say a change is as good as a rest, I say the only thing that doesn't change, is change! After the month of what seemed like a thousand doors, I am back to working with green oak and making a commissioned settle. Phew!

Which means back into the bench with my bench hook (planing stop).

And have at it with the scrub plane.

I had to open this half log to get some good planks for the seat.

My slick chisel reaches the parts other tools just will not reach!

Not a bad quartering.

Give me a brake.

And a side axe, and I'm a happy man.

I don't know if a change is always as good as a rest, but when its a change from sawdust to shavings it is for me.


  1. Great stuff My Rivers. I can smell that green oak!
    I've just finished an oak picnic table with two benches all mounted on treated fenceposts as legs. Working with the softwood was rather gruesome, but mind you, it put up little resistance to my 1 1/4" mortice chisel when cutting out the bridle joints.

  2. Rather jealous of that slick chisel, looks much easier on the knuckles than my axe is.

  3. It was made by Bullocks of Bradford I think. Or so the chap at Bristol Design told me. He said it was probably the last ever made. Lovely blade. Air-dried ash handle by myself.

  4. An axe is alright, but when the log's only open a crack and its 18" down to the offending splinter, the slick's just the ticket.


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