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Thread: What timber is this?
16/06/2018 09:16:17

have to agree with Al. Oak it must be.


Thread: Looking for a high quality hammer drill
05/06/2018 10:08:58


Did you read the original post?


05/06/2018 10:08:53


Did you read the original post?


Thread: Paid woodwork projects to fill spare time - liable to income tax?
02/06/2018 09:26:12

Nothing more to add, except I concur with John's last paragraph.


Thread: Adjusting planer blades
25/05/2018 10:48:38

I found that the best way to adjust, was to make sure both beds were level

I have a steel straightedge,(an old 600mm. planer blade) which I held to the

beds, I then raised each end of the blade until it caused pressure against my

straightedge, and tighten up,never failed.


Thread: This months GW
25/05/2018 10:41:38

Woodwork in your own workshop. be it large or small, being able to use your

own tools and machinery is a joy to behold, once you have experienced the

thrill of making, there is no going back, my experience, athough trade based,

was gained by asking, reading and trying out, until I could see a piece of

furniture in an antique shop or on the net and simply go and make it.

The love of wood and making will never go away.


23/05/2018 08:32:16

GW was always the best of them all especially in the hands of Nick.

I agree with you Ron, where are the posts these days, so very few

when at one time it used to take so long to read all the new posts every day.


Thread: Beginner
12/05/2018 09:53:40

John, there is little more to say after Derek's comments, but, log onto and

join "Router Forums", to my mind this is he best anywhere, vast and worldwide,

basically USA members but a Canadian site, I know members from Australia, Africa,

Croatia, and so many more. You will learn a lot.


Thread: Mini drawer chest in mahogany with side magazine slots
11/05/2018 12:13:02

An easy and interesting project and useful too.

Thread: Removing self adhesive glue from disk sander
07/04/2018 09:24:18

There is nothing better than Cellulose thinners.


Thread: The Tower
24/03/2018 11:12:36

Derek, that's a lot of work , but someting of beauty at the end, most unusual.


Edited By derek willis 1 on 24/03/2018 11:13:09

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.


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