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Thread: Planer sharpening jig.
22/03/2018 09:30:11

sharpening jig.jpgUse to sharpen bench-top planer blades, with stone, DMT or better still stick wet and dry to 6mm plate glass and use upside down, gives excellemt finish.

Edited By derek willis 1 on 22/03/2018 09:46:44

Thread: making small mouldings
18/03/2018 12:01:01

routing tunnel.jpgWe all know how to make mouldings by shaping the edge of a board and then cutting off, but when you can use all our old offcuts instead it is very handy.

You must first make a tunnel to fit the product, an opening in the centre to allow cutter entry and dust extraction, clamp to your router table against the fence in an appropriate position and then just push sticks of timber through to mould the edge, catch at exit or it will go to the end of the workshop.

Of course a new tunnel must be made for each relevant size of moulding, but the extent of choice is immense.making small mouldings.jpg

Edited By derek willis 1 on 18/03/2018 12:03:06

Thread: How to identify the quality of pine flooring
15/03/2018 13:42:05

Sue, All wood will darken over time unless sealed, obviously hardwood is preferable

to any other, but at what cost, I would not go down the screw route, it would be quite

ugly, nail it and punch in the heads, glueing will stop any surface noise such as

squeaking and access will always be difficult with a double layer anyhow.


13/03/2018 09:21:47


The boards you have shown are about the average for flooring grade timber, as an ex builder, I can

assure you that what you have shown will be quite adequate for the purpose.

All standard flooring is Deal or what is known as softwood, hardwood will be extortionately expensive

lay these boards, hire cramps and tighten up the joints 3 or 4 boards at a time, hire a floor and edging

sander and give them the professional look when done, they'll look good and will last you all the time

you will need them, especially if you use flooring sealer or polyurethane finish.

Good luck with this project.


Thread: Parkside (Lidl) hand held Belt Sander
13/02/2018 09:32:17

Like all inexpensive tools and machinery, they are fitted with basic brush motors which are always noisy, nothing wrong with this, in the main they will go on forever. I have had many of this sort of tool as well as the more sophisticated ones which are a lot quieter and grossly more expensive, for the amateur woodworker you will find this tool more than adequate if you don't mind a little excessive noise, if it works well then use it.


Thread: Forstner bits
07/02/2018 09:25:49

Just as Ron says don't be put off, I bought a set from a local builders merchants

nearly 15 years ago, very cheap, still going strong, I have no trouble in keeping

them sharp.


Thread: Greetings.
24/12/2017 09:21:19

I hope you all as members and staff all have a jolly good

Christmas and a profitable New Year in everything including



Thread: Wedding present
07/11/2017 09:27:24


I like it, proper woodwork, and well done, a very fortunate young person.


Thread: wanted
06/11/2017 10:19:39

Gerald, i don't know how cheap you are looking at, but there are several benchtop

models, all made in china, a bit noisy as they have brush motors, but all of them do

an adequate job, all for under £200. Screwfix sell a Titan model for £160. sufficient for

for all hobbyist and amateur craftsmen work. Just Google.


Thread: Bandsaw boxes
04/10/2017 09:22:07

Nice bit of work Sam.

The Beech being Spalted enhances the projects.

Good job.


Thread: basato 3 upper wheel tyre
26/08/2017 10:43:50

John, i had this problem at one time, I bonded the tyres to the wheels with contact adhesive, cut he tyre and feather the ends so that they join again with no visible bum, but stop using blunt blades and do not force timber through the blade.


Thread: Straighten a plank?
24/08/2017 09:17:26


The best way to straighten a plank, is to pack the opposite ends to twice the amount of the warp and then cramp the middle down past the amount of the warp, this because no matter how straight you may think you have it, it will go back a certain amount, thus by cramping past the error you alleviate the problem, damping the board a little and leaving for a day or two will do the job, then your biscuits will probably hold

It has worked very well for me a number of tomes..


Thread: Inward opening Window lights
12/07/2017 09:37:50


I had inward opening casements on a very old stone cottage some years ago

they were stayed with hasp and staple.

Stiff hinges would be more appropriate in my view.


Thread: DeWalt DW100 Bandsaw help please
26/06/2017 09:07:24


The slot that you refer to is to take a mitre fence, pick one up anywhere,

they are all standard, or make one.


Thread: basato 3 upper wheel tyre
16/06/2017 09:22:49


I think the advice to bond the tyre to the wheel is going to work, some years ago

I had my first 3 wheel bandsaw and had the same problem so i fixed the tyre to

the wheel with contact adhesive and never had the problem again.


Thread: indoor furniture - settee seat frame
17/05/2017 09:22:58

If you are worried about that, put a centre brace between back and front.


16/05/2017 09:18:26


ALWAYS the greater dimension is the height to gain optimum strength


Thread: Braced plank door
03/05/2017 09:16:20


All sounds good to me, as for the latches, why not use traditional home/hand made wooden latches similar to a Suffolk latch, lift on the outside and a leather bootlace through a hole in the door to lift from the inside, I have made and fitted a number of these in the past to cottage doors, there is nothing more fitting.

Good luck and show pics.


Thread: Finishing Table Saw advice
18/01/2017 09:59:14

I have always kept a Silicone spry aerosol in my workshop for

this purose, use on a previously sealed surface and the effects are remarkable.


Thread: Turning salted silver birch
17/01/2017 11:27:36

Hello Michael,

I must say I feel quite sorry for you to be suffering with this and no hope of a qick cure.

I can only imagine that with the combination of fungal wood rot and the high intensity of

sap or the remains of, has done this to you. How long since thE felling of the Birch to

you using it?

I watched a pole lathe user at a wood-fest at the Arboretum near Cirencester a few years

ago, and he covered up completely cov\eralls, face mask and gloves, because of the toxic

sap being emitted of which there was a plenty.


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