Monday 21 July 2014

I Adze a good weekend.

I had a bit of a break from bench work at the weekend. I have had this crooked oak log for a while and decided the time was ripe to convert it into two 'crucks', destined for our allotment gateway. Our allotment looks after our chickens and provides us with fresh vegetables, so it deserves an attractive threshold.

I cheated and ripped it with a chainsaw, I didn't want to risk a bad split!

A bit of cleaning up with my big adze.

When it comes to adze handles, I have a preference for ones that aren't broken.

I've no idea who made this adze, or the handle.

Take two. I have had this Ochsenkopf adze for years, but never used it.

Its got a much narrower edge, and a different length handle, so I had to shrink my legs to use it.

To my surprise, it works really well. There's a bit more work to do, but I am happy with the roughing out.

Anyway, that was my jolly. I adze a good weekend. Back to the bench joinery today. Hand-chopping mortice monkey am I! There's a fair few in this piece.

This is not so much of a sit-up-and-beg settle, as a settle down and kickback settle. There's quite a long way to go before anyone can do that. All the panels on the right need to be fitted and the whole thing carved and polychromed. Oh yeah, and it might need some seat boards!

Monday 14 July 2014

New wedge stop

Up until now I have been securing stock for planing using a toothed bench stop and holdfasts. The rails on this settle are over 7' long. I roughed them out a while ago and now the surfaces have dried a little, I need to clean them up. I have been watching these fellows' research into Dutch and Scandinavian workbenches at Hovelbenk and the side wedged stop looks right for my bench.

And I had best make some holes in the legs for my new holdfasts. With them and the wedge stop, this rail is held firm for shooting its edge.

I picked up this interesting tool at a sale yesterday.

I must admit to not knowing what it was at the time, but now I do.

Does anyone else know?

Saturday 12 July 2014

Ten little muntins hanging on the wall

Ten little muntins hanging on the wall, ten little muntins hanging on the wall....

And if one little muntin should accidentally fall,....

We'll not recount the language, cos Jon was wearing sandals.

Hadn't really appreciated why this saw clamp was painted white until I came to set my tenon saw.

But now its obvious, its easier to see with small teeth.

I went to see a job in Ashburton the other day and caught site of this chest in an antique shop window.

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Does what it says on the tin

I have to re-bore the holes on my bench to 1"

The new holdfasts hold, and fast.