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  18. <title><![CDATA[SKELTON DOVETAIL SAW]]></title>
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  24. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[This entry is long overdue.<br /><br />My students have had the opportunity to try this extraordinary saw for much of this year.<br /><br />  <img src="" border="0" alt="" />  <br /><br />The craftsmanship is superb and the cutting action, exceeds every other saw in the workshop.<br /><br />I wondered why and examined the tooth filing.  This is perfect while some of my other saws looked decidedly rough.<br /><br />It is splendid that we have tools of this quality being made in this country today. ]]></content>
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  29. <name>davidcharl</name>
  30. <email>[email protected]</email>
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  32. <title><![CDATA[BIG WHEELS]]></title>
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  35. <modified>2015-01-04T17:38:50+01:00</modified>
  36. <issued>2015-01-04T17:38:50+01:00</issued>
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  38. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[I am delighted to say that Richard Kell has started producing BIG WHEELS for his excellent honing guides.<br /><br />His website reminded me that I badgered him to produce these some years ago when the guides were new.  This was because the tool projection for the sort of angles I use, 32 &amp; 35 degrees, was very short.  I had to use a pencil with an eraser tip, to put downward force on a narrow chisel.<br /><br />The No. 1 guide is particularly useful for honing narrow chisels perfectly square, a job which is otherwise very difficult.  I am thinking of 1/16\x94, 1/8\x94 and 3/16\x94 chisels.<br /><br />There is a valuable tip for registering a tool perfectly on the guide bars in one of Richard\x92s videos.<br />Once the projection has been set, the clamping force is set rather gently.  Tool and guide are then turned upside down on the bench.  He presses on the tool, near to the bars, and the flat side pings down into contact with the bars.  Clamping is now firmed up and any subsequent honing will be perfectly square.<br /> <br />Replacement wheels are available from Richard Kell.   <a href="" target="_blank">Richard Kell</a>  <br /><br />Please note that eye protection is essential when changing circlips  <br /><br /><br /><img src="" border="0" alt="" /><img ]]></content>
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  43. <name>davidcharl</name>
  44. <email>[email protected]</email>
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  46. <title><![CDATA[shop working]]></title>
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  49. <modified>2014-11-28T20:22:09+01:00</modified>
  50. <issued>2014-11-28T20:22:09+01:00</issued>
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  52. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[It has been a difficult week for my excellent website person.<br /><br />That which worked perfectly, for some years, stopped working!<br /><br />The shop is now restored and working properly.<br /><br />Apologies to anyone who could not order.<br /><br />Best wishes,<br />David]]></content>
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  56.   <author>
  57. <name>davidcharl</name>
  58. <email>[email protected]</email>
  59. </author>
  60. <title><![CDATA[New DVD]]></title>
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  63. <modified>2014-11-01T14:49:58+01:00</modified>
  64. <issued>2014-11-01T14:49:58+01:00</issued>
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  66. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[I delighted to announce that my new DVD "The Secret Mitre Dovetail" will be available in the forseeable future from my website and   <a href="" target="_blank"> Lie-Nilesen Toolworks</a><br /><br />This is the first DVD to be filmed in my workshop and the dogs demonstrate the massive commuting distance between it and my house!  <br /><br />Dave and Lynwen of Artisan Media have done a superb job of filming and editing, I'm thrilled with the result.<br /><br /><br /><br /><img src="" border="0" alt="" />]]></content>
  67. </entry>
  69. <entry>
  70.   <author>
  71. <name>davidcharl</name>
  72. <email>[email protected]</email>
  73. </author>
  74. <title><![CDATA[More student feedback.....]]></title>
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  77. <modified>2013-06-30T19:33:16+01:00</modified>
  78. <issued>2013-06-30T19:33:16+01:00</issued>
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  80. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[David<br />I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the tool tuning course last week. I was amazed at how much useful knowledge I gained in such a short time. I really feel confident that I can now improve the quality of my furniture making. As a self taught woodworker I now know what I have been missing all these years, sharp well tuned tools that work so much better. I also found the techniques you described and demonstrated very interesting. I would encourage any woodworker to do the course not just for the expertise but also it's a great location.<br />Thanks again to David and Pat<br />Adrian Smith]]></content>
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  83. <entry>
  84.   <author>
  85. <name>davidcharl</name>
  86. <email>[email protected]</email>
  87. </author>
  88. <title><![CDATA[Feedback from a student]]></title>
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  91. <modified>2013-05-29T22:22:55+01:00</modified>
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  94. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[Hi David,<br /><br />I am writing to tell you how much I enjoyed my time last week at your well equipped workshop.<br /><br />Having been a self taught woodworker for 40 years, I was quite unsure as to whether I was going to get value from your course.<br /><br />How wrong was I. I should have come a long time ago and saved myself an awful lot of effort in doing things in the wrong way when the traditional skills that you have shown me are so simple once understood. Equipped with my new skills, I have decided to retire my old and very battered bench and make a new one modelled on those in your workshop.  I am busy tuning up my Clifton  fore plane in anticipation of the task ahead.<br /><br />Terrific value and of course great company with yourself and fellow woodworkers.<br /><br />I shall be back.<br /><br />Many many thanks and all the best to you and Pat <br /><br />Chris Ripper =<br />]]></content>
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  99. <name>DAVIDCHARL</name>
  100. <email>[email protected]</email>
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  102. <title><![CDATA[A letter from Paolo Rossi ]]></title>
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  105. <modified>2013-03-14T20:08:00+01:00</modified>
  106. <issued>2013-03-14T20:08:00+01:00</issued>
  107. <created>2013-03-14T20:08:00+01:00</created>
  108. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[From time to time one gets a letter or an e mail like this, raising the spirits to a huge degree. Writing is a solitary pastime, so it is particularly welcome to hear from the occasional reader, otherwise one might feel that there were none......... Many thanks to Paolo for allowing me to post this letter. <br /><br /> " Dear Mr.Charlesworth, First of all let me thank you for all your DVDs and books. After a long career in academia I have decided to have a rest (possibly permanently) from research and writing, and devote my remaining time and energy to working with wood. Your DVD lessons and books are excellent examples of first rate teaching. They are clear, concise carefully worded and therefore easy to follow. You reduce the energetic, inarticulate and rather chaotic demonstrations of others to logical economic and repeatable systems: reminiscent of, and I mean this in a very positive way, surgical operations. Sometimes writers on cabinet making rely on mystification when they are unable to explain some complicated technique clearly. Even worse they are not even aware that what they do instinctively is not obvious to the novice; as though one will suddenly be assailed by furor divinus and become proficient through some inexplicable process of enlightenment. Where others at times engender confusion, and have made me feel like giving it all up, your demonstrations have given me real encouragement and have been truly inspirational. For all this I am deeply grateful. <br /><br /> I look forward to learning from your new DVD. <br /><br /> With best wishes " <br /><br />Paolo Rossi <br />]]></content>
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  111. <entry>
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  113. <name>DAVID </name>
  114. <email>[email protected]</email>
  115. </author>
  116. <title><![CDATA[Extra thick blades for Stanley planes]]></title>
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  119. <modified>2012-09-01T19:55:48+01:00</modified>
  120. <issued>2012-09-01T19:55:48+01:00</issued>
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  122. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[It is a pleasure to be writing for Furniture &amp; Cabinetmaking magazine again.<br /> <br />My first article deals with plane tuning and the fitting of extra thick blades.  You will see from the photo, that the Stanley no 5 has been fitted with a blade which is as thick as the ones in the L-N no 5 1/2 and the Clifton no 5.  <br /><br /><br /><img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br /> <br /><br />The IBC / Cosman blade and chipbreaker sets make this possible.  The secret is the tabs fitted to the chipbreaker which you can see in this next photo:<br /><br /><br /><img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br /><br /><br />The machining and accuracy of the IBC blades and chipbreakes is superb, massively reducing the time spent on preparation.  If you like rescuing and improving old planes these blades are ideal.<br />They are available from Mike Hancock at Classic Handtools.   Classic Hand Tools Limited Online Catalogue  <br />]]></content>
  123. </entry>
  125. <entry>
  126.   <author>
  127. <name>davidcharl</name>
  128. <email>[email protected]</email>
  129. </author>
  130. <title><![CDATA[Tearout &amp; Turning]]></title>
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  133. <modified>2010-05-31T15:17:17+01:00</modified>
  134. <issued>2010-05-31T15:17:17+01:00</issued>
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  136. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[I am always rather jealous of woodturners as they are able to get the most wonderful finish on the most difficult of timbers.<br /><br />Just look at the tearout which my usual bench plane caused on this piece of Pink Ivory wood.<br /><br /><img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br /><br />It is a turning stick bought from Yandles at Martock in Somerset.  One of my sources says that it is one of the rarest commercial timbers in the world, extremely dense, with a specific gravity of 1.04.  This piece also had a distinct ripple.  My friend Bob Seymour, who has taken all the photos for my articles, turned the majority of this handle while I finished the precision taper on my Myford.<br /><br /><img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br /><br />This long paring shape is my favorite and was the proto type for the Lie-Nielsen model.  The joy of these chisels is that you can make any handle shape you like.<br /><br />Best wishes,<br />David]]></content>
  137. </entry>
  139. <entry>
  140.   <author>
  141. <name>David Charlesworth</name>
  142. <email>[email protected]</email>
  143. </author>
  144. <title><![CDATA[New Chisels from Lie-Nielsen]]></title>
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  147. <modified>2010-03-06T15:00:04+01:00</modified>
  148. <issued>2010-03-06T15:00:04+01:00</issued>
  149. <created>2010-03-06T15:00:04+01:00</created>
  150. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[<img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br /><br />Thomas Lie-Nielsen brought this long bladed chisel along to the recent Talking Tools event in Oxford.  I think it will be of interest to those who like Patternmaker's Paring Chisels.  They should be on sale in a couple of months or so and will be available in A2 or 01 steel.<br /><br />The chisel behind with the long handle is in 01 steel and I will be experimenting to find out how low an angle I can sharpen and use it at.<br /><br />It has been clear to me for some time that many oilstone users find the sharpening of A2 steel difficult.  Now that these beautifully ground chisels are being made in 01 as well as A2, I hope everyone will be happy!<br /><br />Best wishes,<br />David]]></content>
  151. </entry>
  153. <entry>
  154.   <author>
  155. <name>davidcharl</name>
  156. <email>[email protected]</email>
  157. </author>
  158. <title><![CDATA[West Dean Handtool Event]]></title>
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  161. <modified>2008-05-22T11:56:18+01:00</modified>
  162. <issued>2008-05-22T11:56:18+01:00</issued>
  163. <created>2008-05-22T11:56:18+01:00</created>
  164. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[Come and meet me a host of woodworking experts at The Hand Tools Event at West Dean College, Sussex on Saturday May 31 &amp; Sunday June 1st 10am - 5pm both days. free entry, free parking, on site catering, beautiful location, great hand tool skills and tools being demonstrated. <br /> <br />Meet and discuss woodworking techniques with James Mursell, Phil Edwards, John Lloyd, Garrett Hack, David Charlesworth, Michael Huntley, Nick Gibbs, Michel Auriou and Brian Boggs plus Deneb Pulchalski from Lie NIelsen Toolworks, Mick Hudson from Clifton, Adria Toolworks, Veritas Tools, Blue Spruce Toolworks, Ron Hock, Bridge City Toolworks, Auriou Rasps, Chris Vesper Tools, Odate crowning plates, Sharpening Products and much more.  <br /> <br />Free competition to win a five day chairmaking course at The Windsor Workshop.<br />A chance to buy a Brian Boggs Appalachian Chair.<br />Discounts on great hand tools.<br /> <br />For further details, directions etc see <br /> <a href="" target="_blank">Classic Handtools News</a> <br /><br />This should be a great event.<br /><br />David]]></content>
  165. </entry>
  167. <entry>
  168.   <author>
  169. <name>davidcharl</name>
  170. <email>[email protected]</email>
  171. </author>
  172. <title><![CDATA[Drastic Measures]]></title>
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  175. <modified>2008-03-30T10:33:34+01:00</modified>
  176. <issued>2008-03-30T10:33:34+01:00</issued>
  177. <created>2008-03-30T10:33:34+01:00</created>
  178. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[<img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br /><br />Here is the same 1 1/4" chisel back after about two hours of flattening work.<br /><br />I tried several methods, coarse India oilstone, Shapton 320 grit glasstone and 800 grit waterstone.  Progress was made but the amount of hard metal which needed removing was huge, due to the belly created by years of sharpening on a hollow oilstone.<br /><br />I was reminded of how much I dislike oilstones.  The oil migrated up onto the top of the shallow chisel cross section and made a good grip almost impossible.  I did not feel that the very coarse waterstone removed metal faster than my favorite 800 grit King Stone, though it was much harder and did wear much less.<br /><br />The whole sorry, frustrating business reinforces the good advice which I was given during my training.  "Avoid bellied chisels like the plague".<br /><br />So, as this Pattern Maker's Long Paring chisel has lots of blade length, I decided to solve the problem by shortening it by 5/8".  This was done in a few minutes with a heavy duty cutting disk in a Dremel.  I cut in from both sides and snapped off the offending end when about a third of the blade thickness remained.  The good part of the blade is clamped between hardwood pads in a metal working vice.  The exposed tip is covered in paper towel to catch flying splinters, and given a good whack with a large hammer.<br /><br />The Dremel cutting disc worked very well indeed and created remarkably little heat, if used carefully.<br /><br />This rather drastic remodeling has worked very well and I now have a chisel with a flat or slightly concave back which will sharpen properly.  There is still plenty of blade length for another couple of lifetimes.<br /><br />I wonder if anyone can suggest other solutions for the bellied back syndrome?<br /><br />Best wishes,<br />David ]]></content>
  179. </entry>
  181. <entry>
  182.   <author>
  183. <name>davidcharl</name>
  184. <email>[email protected]</email>
  185. </author>
  186. <title><![CDATA[Wenzloff Dovetail Saw]]></title>
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  189. <modified>2008-02-07T11:57:30+01:00</modified>
  190. <issued>2008-02-07T11:57:30+01:00</issued>
  191. <created>2008-02-07T11:57:30+01:00</created>
  192. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[<img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br /><br /><br />As requested, here is a photo of the Dovetail Saw which Mike made for me.<br /><br />It is very nice indeed and the handle is absolutely fabulous.  Quite one of the most comfortable and well finished that I have ever seen.<br /><br />It is made from African Blackwood, requisitioned from his wife's woodturning supply stash.  Don't know how he got away with that one.....<br /><br />The order turned into quite a complex saga, as some conveyor system in the mail mangled the first one.  Mike then had to use much cunning and patience to get the remaining blank dry for the replacement.  Rosewoods do not dry fast or easily and this really was quite a feat.<br /><br />So, many thanks to him and this is one of my most treasured tools.  One day my sawing skills may catch up with the tool, but I am not holding my breath.<br /><br />best wishes,<br />David<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />]]></content>
  193. </entry>
  195. <entry>
  196.   <author>
  197. <name>davidcharl</name>
  198. <email>[email protected]</email>
  199. </author>
  200. <title><![CDATA[Old Tools and Hollow stones]]></title>
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  203. <modified>2008-01-13T09:24:42+01:00</modified>
  204. <issued>2008-01-13T09:24:42+01:00</issued>
  205. <created>2008-01-13T09:24:42+01:00</created>
  206. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[Referring back to  <b> Flattening Traditional Oilstones </b> on 15th Nov 07, here is a picture of the rounding or bellying of a chisel back, caused by many years sharpening on a hollow oilstone. <br /><br /><img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br /><br />The dull gey area is the flat surface created on an 800 grit Japanese waterstone.<br /><br />Now this chislel will not sharpen or function properly untill the flat area extends all the way to the tip, so there is a lot more metal to be removed.<br /><br />Not only were  the oilstones used not flat, it seems they might have been twisted as well.<br /><br />This is one of the main hidden dangers of buying old abused tools, it is difficult to assess the amount of work needed to restore a flat back without careful checking.<br /><br />I think it will be well worth the effort in this case as the chisel is a nice, bevelled edge, 1 1/4" Pattern Maker's long paring chisel, stamped   <b> Woodcock, Sheffield 1944. </b> <br /><br />The usable blade is 7" long, tool 14 1/2" including handle.  The other crucial detail is that over its full length, the blade was clearly forged and ground with about 0.5mm of hollow in its length.  A most desireable and essential feature, deliberately created to aid preparation, sharpening and correct support for the cutting edge.<br /><br />So please remember to send those bellied new chisels straight back to the manufacturer if you are unlucky enough to come across them. <br /><br />The rounding off near the tip suggests a less than meticulous craftsman.......<br /><br />I will post more pictures as the work progresses. <br /><br />There are still a few places for my short courses in January and February, if you would like to experience the revelation of working with properly fettled and sharpened tools!  28th Jan in particular.<br /><br />best wishes,<br />David]]></content>
  207. </entry>
  209. <entry>
  210.   <author>
  211. <name>davidcharl</name>
  212. <email>[email protected]</email>
  213. </author>
  214. <title><![CDATA[Alan Peters Book]]></title>
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  217. <modified>2008-01-10T08:28:58+01:00</modified>
  218. <issued>2008-01-10T08:28:58+01:00</issued>
  219. <created>2008-01-10T08:28:58+01:00</created>
  220. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[I am delighted to note that Alan Peters' book<br /> <b>Cabinetmaking The Professional Approach  </b> is due to be republished in the autumn this year at about £20.<br /><br />NB I have edited this page in the light of more up to date information from Jake, see comments below.  Thank you Jake.<br /><br />Aparrently it is being updated by Betty Norbury.<br /><br />I have found it disgraceful that the work of one of our most prominent makers should have been unobtainable for so long, and am glad that the position is being rectified.<br /><br />There was much training, grant and government agency loan and college information, which needed bringing up to date.<br /><br />For me it is the notes on techniques and the development of his designs over the years which are the most interesting parts of the book, but it also give invaluable advice to anyone considering setting up as a designer maker.<br /><br />The publishers are Stobart and Son Ltd.,<br />67-73 Worship Street,<br />London EC2A 2EL<br /><br /> ]]></content>
  221. </entry>
  223. <entry>
  224.   <author>
  225. <name>davidcharl</name>
  226. <email>[email protected]</email>
  227. </author>
  228. <title><![CDATA[Jamestown and Bideford]]></title>
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  231. <modified>2007-12-31T08:56:44+01:00</modified>
  232. <issued>2007-12-31T08:56:44+01:00</issued>
  233. <created>2007-12-31T08:56:44+01:00</created>
  234. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[This is the last day of the year when the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown settlement was celebrated in America and some parts of the UK.<br /><br />Unfortunately we heard very little of this in North Devon, which is rather odd as the majority of the Tobacco exported to England was landed at the port of Bideford.  Bideford is my local market town, approximately 12 miles from the wild and dramatic coast which we enjoy so much in Hartland.<br /><br />Pat and I attended a fascinating lecture by Dr. Mark Houghton, reader of archaeology at Bristol University.  Recent Archaeological finds of wonderfully preserved Bideford and Barnstaple pottery, at Jamestown, are providing more evidence for this link.<br /><br />It was regretted that our local council have made so little effort to publicise the connection and there are still no plans for a maritime heritage site in Bideford despite the presence of the Kathleen and May.  This fine sailing vessel has been restored largely through the efforts of a local business man. <br /><br />Jamestown was the first english speaking settlement to be established in Virginia and is generally accepted as the foundation of the USA.<br /><br />It was also interesting to hear that at the time, Bideford was the third most important port in England.  The many shipyards built vessels to fight the Spanish Armada and Drake, Grenville and Raleigh were all Devon born.  Today some sea freight continues, but on a much smaller scale.  The fine merchants houses along the quay have mostly become banks, shops and solicitors offices. <br /><br />I hope this is of some interest to my readers in the States.<br /><br />Best wishes for the new year,<br /><br />David<br /><br /><br /><br />]]></content>
  235. </entry>
  237. <entry>
  238.   <author>
  239. <name>davidcharl</name>
  240. <email>[email protected]</email>
  241. </author>
  242. <title><![CDATA[Classic Handtools]]></title>
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  245. <modified>2007-12-14T07:44:40+01:00</modified>
  246. <issued>2007-12-14T07:44:40+01:00</issued>
  247. <created>2007-12-14T07:44:40+01:00</created>
  248. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[Perhaps you have seen my Chistmas round up of new tools for Furniture &amp; Cabinetmaking magazine, Issue 135?<br /><br />I made a grave mistake by failing to mention that several of them are only available in the UK, from Mike Hancock of  <a href="" target="_blank">Classic Hand Tools</a> <br /><br />phone 01449 721327<br /><br />Mike works extremely hard to find, import and promote these tools, at the many woodworking shows around the country.<br />If we do not support independent tool shops like his there will soon be none left, which will be an incalculable loss.  (You may not have heard that Axminster have bought Brimark).<br /><br />I also find it odd, that since Axminster took over the import of Lie-Nielsen tools in UK there seem to be very poor stocks of items that sell well at Christmas.  Obviously I do not know the precise reasons for this unfortunate situation.<br /><br />Anyway, I apologise profusely to Mike for my thoughtless assumption that every one else knows where to find those tools.<br /><br />David]]></content>
  249. </entry>
  251. <entry>
  252.   <author>
  253. <name>davidcharl</name>
  254. <email>[email protected]</email>
  255. </author>
  256. <title><![CDATA[USA versus UK language usage]]></title>
  257. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
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  259. <modified>2007-11-27T08:34:54+01:00</modified>
  260. <issued>2007-11-27T08:34:54+01:00</issued>
  261. <created>2007-11-27T08:34:54+01:00</created>
  262. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[There is one variation of usage which has struck me forcibly after many years of reading American magazines and Reviews.<br /><br />Larry Williams' wooden moulding plane making dvd was described recently on Woodnet as being quite good.<br /><br />SEE  <a href="" target="_blank">Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, inc</a>  <br /><br />To my ears this sounded like rather faint praise when I knew perfectly well that the author meant very good indeed.<br /><br />Having consulted a friend who teaches English to foreign graduates, I now understand a little more about the variable meaning of quite.<br /><br />Its meaning alters dramatically if used with gradeable or non gradeable adjectives.<br /><br />Thus; quite unique, quite excellent, quite superb, are all unequivocally positive.  <br />NB it has since been correctly pointed out to me that quite unique is tautology and not good english!<br /><br />Good has many grades.  i.e.  Not very good, Moderately good, fairly good, reasonably good, extremely good &amp; outstandingly good.  So quite good (in the UK) tends to give an impression of damning with faint praise.<br /><br />Does anyone else have any good examples of differences of usage spotted in woodworking magazines, please? <br /><br />Best wishes,<br />David]]></content>
  263. </entry>
  265. <entry>
  266.   <author>
  267. <name>davidcharl</name>
  268. <email>[email protected]</email>
  269. </author>
  270. <title><![CDATA[Flattening Traditional Oilstones]]></title>
  271. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  272. <id></id>
  273. <modified>2007-11-15T07:58:42+01:00</modified>
  274. <issued>2007-11-15T07:58:42+01:00</issued>
  275. <created>2007-11-15T07:58:42+01:00</created>
  276. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[I have been watching Larry Williams excellent new dvd on the making of traditional side escapement wooden planes, which has just been published by  <a href="" target="_blank">Lie-Nielsen</a> <br /><br />The working example is a matched pair, a round and a hollow.  <br /><br />He makes all the blades for his planes and has an interesting sharpening technique which I intend to try.  He dresses and flattens the surface of his oilstones, both man made and Arkansas, with a diamond stone.  The slurry is left on the stone.<br /><br />I like to rub two 800grit stones together after flattening to ensure that they cut agressively from the beginning.  (800 and 1200 work as well).  If abrasive paper is used to flatten waterstones, they become glazed as the paper blunts.  This means that they do not cut quickly in the beginning.  After a few minutes of use the surface breaks down and fast cutting commences.<br /><br />It seems likely that the slurry left on an Arkansas stone will overcome one of their main drawbacks, i.e. that they cut rather slowly.<br /><br />Garrett Hack uses another cunning technique to combat this problem, he soups up the cutting action with a small blob of diamond paste.<br /><br />Larry is in the business of making plane blades from scratch, and therefore does a great deal of back flattening and sharpening.  He made a most significant comment about the speed with which Arkansas stones loose their flatness.<br /><br />Best wishes,<br />David ]]></content>
  277. </entry>
  279. <entry>
  280.   <author>
  281. <name>davidcharl</name>
  282. <email>[email protected]</email>
  283. </author>
  284. <title><![CDATA[Short Course Dates 08 and Entertainment]]></title>
  285. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  286. <id></id>
  287. <modified>2007-10-24T20:45:16+01:00</modified>
  288. <issued>2007-10-24T20:45:16+01:00</issued>
  289. <created>2007-10-24T20:45:16+01:00</created>
  290. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[Finally and regretfully, slightly later than advertised, short course dates for 2008 are now posted on my website.<br /><br />They are available from late January, which is a departure from the usual schedule.<br /><br />I go into a steep decline when asked to make these simple decisions.  Trying to decide the form of the year ahead seems to shut down so many options for travel, late skiing deals, visiting other workshops &amp; friends, new places and shows...............<br /><br />The current day is about as much as my mind will happily cope with and calendars are complete anathema, as I invariably find myself looking at the wrong month or even the wrong year.<br /><br />Do others have these dilemmas, or are they just the luxury of the self employed?<br /><br />Anyway, the short courses of 2007 were good fun and I hope 2008 will be even better.  The subtext here is that the course provider, who is paid to entertain the attendees needs a bit of entertainment as well......<br /><br />best wishes,<br />David]]></content>
  291. </entry>
  293. <entry>
  294.   <author>
  295. <name>davidcharl</name>
  296. <email>[email protected]</email>
  297. </author>
  298. <title><![CDATA[Forum Flame Wars]]></title>
  299. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  300. <id></id>
  301. <modified>2007-10-02T20:34:55+01:00</modified>
  302. <issued>2007-10-02T20:34:55+01:00</issued>
  303. <created>2007-10-02T20:34:55+01:00</created>
  304. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[I am constantly amazed at the differing reactions that can follow from rather mild advice proffered on woodworking forums.<br />A recent thread on Fine Woodworking Knots Hand Tool section took off in a spectacular way, and developed into several simultaneous discussions, which had little relevance to the original question.<br />A poster who I will describe as a traditionalist user of old Stanley planes made several outrageous and inaccurate statements about a number of issues and was also extremely rude in a personal and sarcastic way.<br /><br />Now I know two things about my published articles and DVDs;<br />  <br />1.  They are highly detailed and sometimes contain radical approaches to age-old tasks, such as sharpening.<br /><br />2.  They seem to be helpful to a significant number of amateur woodworkers, judging by the number of emails I receive from readers and viewers.<br /><br />This feedback is very important to me as an author; as it makes the considerable effort of writing, photography and technical drawing, seem worthwhile.  Magazine article writing in the UK is not a well-rewarded occupation, though it has a significant PR value for the small private classes, which I run in my workshop.<br /><br />The reader is most welcome to reject all of my theories and strategies, and follow whichever methods suit his or her style of work best, but I take grave exception to personal attacks and the misrepresentation of my methods by people who chose not to use them and clearly do not understand the details or the advantages.<br /><br />So I decided to concentrate on more constructive work, here at home.<br /><br />Best wishes,<br />David<br />]]></content>
  305. </entry>
  307. <entry>
  308.   <author>
  309. <name>davidcharl</name>
  310. <email>[email protected]</email>
  311. </author>
  312. <title><![CDATA[Scilly time again (Holiday)]]></title>
  313. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  314. <id></id>
  315. <modified>2007-09-13T20:26:34+01:00</modified>
  316. <issued>2007-09-13T20:26:34+01:00</issued>
  317. <created>2007-09-13T20:26:34+01:00</created>
  318. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[Another week in the wonderful Isles of Scilly.<br /><br />Theresa will be manning office, Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, approximately 2.45 - 3-45.<br /><br />Short course dates (from January 08 - Sept 08) will be posted during the following week.<br /><br />Thank you to all who made the summer so enjoyable,<br /><br />best wishes,<br />David]]></content>
  319. </entry>
  321. <entry>
  322.   <author>
  323. <name>davidcharl</name>
  324. <email>[email protected]</email>
  325. </author>
  326. <title><![CDATA[Hand Planing In Popular Woodworking]]></title>
  327. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  328. <id></id>
  329. <modified>2007-09-10T21:50:19+01:00</modified>
  330. <issued>2007-09-10T21:50:19+01:00</issued>
  331. <created>2007-09-10T21:50:19+01:00</created>
  332. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[<img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br /><br /> <i> Photo taken at the Marc Adams School courtesy of Marc Adams.<br /> </i> <br /><br /><br />I am very pleased to see my hand planing article featured on the front cover of the October issue of Popular Woodworking.<br /><br />It seems to have created some splendid discussion on the Woodnet Forum, demonstrating the many varied approaches which people choose  to apply to their woodworking.<br /><br /><a href=";Number=3224087&amp;page=16&amp;view=collapsed&amp;sb=5&amp;o=&amp;fpart=3&amp;vc=1" target="_blank">Woodnet Forum</a>  <br /><br />Best wishes,<br />David ]]></content>
  333. </entry>
  335. <entry>
  336.   <author>
  337. <name>davidcharl</name>
  338. <email>[email protected]</email>
  339. </author>
  340. <title><![CDATA[New Manufacturer's Perversion]]></title>
  341. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  342. <id></id>
  343. <modified>2007-07-29T09:14:06+01:00</modified>
  344. <issued>2007-07-29T09:14:06+01:00</issued>
  345. <created>2007-07-29T09:14:06+01:00</created>
  346. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[I never cease to be amazed by the incidence of tools which don't work, and like to refer to them as Manufacturer's Perversions.<br /><br />More seriously they demonstrate a complete lack of understanding, thought and care by the manufacturer.<br /><br />The latest example is a beech cutting gauge from Marples with brass wear strips.<br /><br />At first I was pleased to note a better made square section brass wedge with a hook on the top to stop it dropping through the hole in the stem, or possibly to aid retreival.<br /><br />In the past we have been offered cast wedges which were rough and out of square and worse still conical wedges that are almost impossible to fit.<br /><br />However the morticed hole is 1/4" square and when one surface has been carefully pared to match the slope of the wedge, the cutting blade cannot be fixed without a thin packer.........<br /><br />If the packer is not of a precise thickness, the brass wedge will have to be shortened as well.<br /><br />The blades are  disgrace.  Spring or scraper grade steel has been crudely sheared off at a width, well under the 1/4" dimension of the hole.  The cutting edge has rudimentary grinding at 45 degrees and the blades are almost always bent in their length which makes flat side polishing difficult.<br /><br />These tools are about as far from 'ready to go' as it is possible to get, with an  inbuilt design flaw that requires the user to supply a missing part.<br /><br />I would rather shoot myself than sell such a badly thought out kit of parts.<br /><br />David Charlesworth<br />]]></content>
  347. </entry>
  349. <entry>
  350.   <author>
  351. <name>davidcharl</name>
  352. <email>[email protected]</email>
  353. </author>
  354. <title><![CDATA[The Pleasure of Working with Sharp Tools]]></title>
  355. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  356. <id></id>
  357. <modified>2007-07-16T07:48:20+01:00</modified>
  358. <issued>2007-07-16T07:48:20+01:00</issued>
  359. <created>2007-07-16T07:48:20+01:00</created>
  360. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[There is a phrase which keeps cropping up on or after my short courses.  It goes something like this;<br /><br />"I wish I had come on your tool tuning and sharpening course 5, 10 or 20 years ago."<br /><br />It is absolutely clear to me that many amateurs and a few professionals too, have been struggling with less than satisfactory tools for years.  They assume that this struggle is their own fault, or lack of skill, when in fact it is not.  <br /><br />Many manufacturers of the last century supplied tools which were merely a crude kit of parts which did not work well.  Bench planes are the best example of this unfortunate fact.<br /><br />I also believe that sharpening is generally very badly taught and that the waterstones we have today produce a sharper edge, much faster and than oilstones.  It is difficult to appreciate true sharpness untill you are shown it.  How is an individual to know that his sharpening is not as good as his neighbour's if they do not compare and use each others tools?<br /><br />The following quote from George Schumacher of Louisiana, is posted with his permission, a perfect example.<br /><br /> <i>  </i>   "After returning home and putting the techniques learned in Hartland into operation I discovered my work to have improved dramatically.  Can you believe that I am, after 30 years of piddling with wood, now finishing projects with a hand plane, faster, and more efficiently than ever before!  My goal of no more sanding dust is now secondary to the newfound thrill of working with sharp tools.  Thank You David!!  I wish I had attended your course 30 years ago." <i>  </i> <br /><br />The good news is that this revelation is available after a mere five days.<br /><br />Best wishes,<br />David<br />]]></content>
  361. </entry>
  363. <entry>
  364.   <author>
  365. <name>davidcharl</name>
  366. <email>[email protected]</email>
  367. </author>
  368. <title><![CDATA[Book 3 Review]]></title>
  369. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  370. <id></id>
  371. <modified>2007-06-26T07:51:16+01:00</modified>
  372. <issued>2007-06-26T07:51:16+01:00</issued>
  373. <created>2007-06-26T07:51:16+01:00</created>
  374. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[Chris Schwarz has posted a wonderful review of my third book on his blog.<br /><br />He must be a mindreader, as he points out that many threads from the previous volumes have been tied up or expanded.  <br /><br />There is also a nice story of our first meeting in the hot and humid flatlands of Indiana.<br /><br />Thank you Chris.<br /><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">Popular Woodworking Blog</a> ]]></content>
  375. </entry>
  377. <entry>
  378.   <author>
  379. <name>davidcharl</name>
  380. <email>[email protected]</email>
  381. </author>
  382. <title><![CDATA[Chisel Use DVD]]></title>
  383. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  384. <id></id>
  385. <modified>2007-06-12T08:53:31+01:00</modified>
  386. <issued>2007-06-12T08:53:31+01:00</issued>
  387. <created>2007-06-12T08:53:31+01:00</created>
  388. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[<img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br /><br />I am excited about the latest DVD as it concentrates on techniques for chisel use.<br /><br />Chopping and paring are demonstrated; with single lap dovetail work, a hand cut mortice, using the method shown by Bob Wearing in "The Essential Woodworker" and tennon shoulders.<br /><br />I feel that chisels are massively underated as tools for precision work.  Accurate sawing was the speciality of the piece worker in a large shop, but we do not all have those skills, particularly in harder non compressible timbers. <br /><br />My chopping method for shoulder lines, works very well indeed and is far more straightforward than some of the cumbersome paring techniques which I have seen described.<br /><br />"The Essential Woodworker" is a classic book by Robert Wearing and I was pleased to discover that GMC have it in stock in paperback.  Can't remember seeing it on their publicity recently......<br /><br />best wishes,<br />David]]></content>
  389. </entry>
  391. <entry>
  392.   <author>
  393. <name>davidcharl</name>
  394. <email>[email protected]</email>
  395. </author>
  396. <title><![CDATA[Return from USA]]></title>
  397. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  398. <id></id>
  399. <modified>2007-06-06T20:40:11+01:00</modified>
  400. <issued>2007-06-06T20:40:11+01:00</issued>
  401. <created>2007-06-06T20:40:11+01:00</created>
  402. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[<img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br /><br />It was a very productive, successful and enjoyable trip.<br /><br />The prospect of travel reduces me to a nervous wreck, but once en route it always turns out to be fun.<br /><br />The class at Marc Adams was well attended and the students were friendly and appreciative, they always are.  I knocked  my single lap dovetail together at a few minutes to three when we had to pack up and rush to the airport.<br /><br />Some nice photos were posted on the Woodnet forum.<br /><br />Transport was very well managed by Chris Schwarz's friend John.  No repetition of rental car writeoffs and cracked ribs!  Many thanks to John and his delightful family.  Our best evening was a dinner at their home.  Don't ask about trying to negotiate a basement workshop staircase with a very heavy English pattern bench, after dinner where a certain amount of very good wine had been consumed......I told them it wasn't going to fit, but Chris, Tom and John felt the need to be absolutely sure.<br /><br />Don't worry about the holes in the wall, Daddy will fix them later..........<br /><br />The other embarrassing question is why Tom and I managed to miss a plane when we had been safely delivered to the airport with a reasonable margin of time.........<br /><br />There is a new film crew at the Toolworks and I feel confident that DVD number 6, which may be a double, will be the technically the best yet.  Many thanks to AJ, Sarah and Jeffrey.<br /><br />I spent a delightful day off with Wolfgang and Polly, walked on the beach with their tribe of Dachshunds, and played competitive Scrabble for high stakes, (25 cents).  Wolfgang filmed and edited the first five DVDs.<br /><br />The open day on Saturday was fun and I was very pleased to see Tim McKinney who showed me photos of the magnificent bench he has built since attending a short course last summer.  (Charlesworthish with recessed wedged tennons and a nice end vice).  It seems that the benefits of the sliding removable toolwell are only appreciated by those who have seen it demonstrated!  And it appears that my minimalist design is too simple to attract the attention it deserves.<br /><br />Blueskye farm B&amp;B has seen a few changes but is still the best possible place to stay if visiting Waldoboro or the Toolworks.  The Hummingbirds arrived a couple of days after I did and the blackflies were minimal after a late cold spell with much snow.<br /><br />I was very happy that the weather was relatively cool and the photo shows Karl on a sunny morning.  Karl was our mascot on the first DVD and he is a little older but in fine fettle.  (Photo courtesy of L-N).<br /><br />There are several more stories, but they will have to wait till my week off, after the second short course.<br /><br />David<br /><br />NB  If you are ever in the bar at Indianapolis airport please remember you can't hear the PA.<br />]]></content>
  403. </entry>
  405. <entry>
  406.   <author>
  407. <name>davidcharl</name>
  408. <email>[email protected]</email>
  409. </author>
  410. <title><![CDATA[USA trip]]></title>
  411. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  412. <id></id>
  413. <modified>2007-04-30T12:39:04+01:00</modified>
  414. <issued>2007-04-30T12:39:04+01:00</issued>
  415. <created>2007-04-30T12:39:04+01:00</created>
  416. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[I depart for the Marc Adams School class on 1st of May and will be back 22nd May.<br /><br />We are filming a DVD on methods of taming difficult grain in Maine, and I will be doing a Hand Planing and sharpening open day at the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks on Saturday the 12th of May.  Please book as lunch is included!<br /><br />Theresa will be manning the office, usually on Monday, Wednesday &amp; Friday afternoons, between 2.30 &amp; 4.30.]]></content>
  417. </entry>
  419. <entry>
  420.   <author>
  421. <name>davidcharl</name>
  422. <email>[email protected]</email>
  423. </author>
  424. <title><![CDATA[Summer Short Courses]]></title>
  425. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  426. <id></id>
  427. <modified>2007-04-17T16:47:41+01:00</modified>
  428. <issued>2007-04-17T16:47:41+01:00</issued>
  429. <created>2007-04-17T16:47:41+01:00</created>
  430. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[Many of the short course dates are full but some have a significant amount of space.<br /><br />Tool tuning, sharpening and plane use, is the course that has the most remarkable benefits for those who are not friends with their hand tools.<br /><br />July 9th and August 20th have spaces<br /><br />If you are interested in the finest Arts &amp; Crafts drawermaking, where the drawer tightens in the carcass just before you drop the contents on the floor, there are several places on July 30th.<br /><br />Brian our delightful Texan returnee would appreciate some company!<br /><br />For other dates available please see this  <a href="" target="_blank">link</a> <br /><br />best wishes,<br />David]]></content>
  431. </entry>
  433. <entry>
  434.   <author>
  435. <name>davidcharl</name>
  436. <email>[email protected]</email>
  437. </author>
  438. <title><![CDATA[Val D'Isere]]></title>
  439. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  440. <id></id>
  441. <modified>2007-02-23T15:19:11+01:00</modified>
  442. <issued>2007-02-23T15:19:11+01:00</issued>
  443. <created>2007-02-23T15:19:11+01:00</created>
  444. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[We are having a one week half term so that the students may have time with their families, and in Yonatan's case go walking and exploring the South West coast path.<br /><br />I am going skiing for a week so there won't be any responses till March 5th, though Theresa will continue to man the office on Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoon.]]></content>
  445. </entry>
  447. <entry>
  448.   <author>
  449. <name>davidcharl</name>
  450. <email>[email protected]</email>
  451. </author>
  452. <title><![CDATA[Curved Blade Jig fits Tormek]]></title>
  453. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  454. <id></id>
  455. <modified>2007-02-02T08:20:45+01:00</modified>
  456. <issued>2007-02-02T08:20:45+01:00</issued>
  457. <created>2007-02-02T08:20:45+01:00</created>
  458. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[I have been using the new Jet curved blade jig on my large Tormek, to grind the subtle curve which I find so useful in practically all my bench plane blades.  The results are very pleasing indeed.<br /><br />My old method of grinding an embryonic curve, was to exploit the slop in the standard blade jig.  This technique involved pressing hard on one corner of the blade while lifting the opposite corner.  The lifting finger was rather exposed and had to be kept well away from the surface of the grinding wheel!  The results were never quite symetrical or balanced as the support points of the jig are off centre.<br /><br />The plane blade can be centred over the pivoting point of the Jet Jig and the result is perfectly symetrical.  The amount of curve is set by two limiting screws. (I don't think it will cope with scrub plane blades).<br /><br />However for the subtle curves used on most bench plane blades it works perfectly.<br /><br />  <a href="" target="_blank">Jet Camber Jig</a> <br /><br />The jig can be got from APTC in the UK<br />]]></content>
  459. </entry>
  461. <entry>
  462.   <author>
  463. <name>davidcharl</name>
  464. <email>[email protected]</email>
  465. </author>
  466. <title><![CDATA[Owl nestboxes]]></title>
  467. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  468. <id></id>
  469. <modified>2007-01-09T07:33:56+01:00</modified>
  470. <issued>2007-01-09T07:33:56+01:00</issued>
  471. <created>2007-01-09T07:33:56+01:00</created>
  472. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[<br /><br />Three days before Christmas, my son Jo arrives with many sheets of exterior ply, the raw materials for several Owl nestboxes to be used on the BBC programme Springwatch.<br /><br />Each box has two remote camera boxes and two dummy camera boxes.  The real camera boxes are swapped for the dummies, according to occupancy.  Jo works on the programme as a remote camera specialist.<br /><br />On the third day we get invaluable assistance from his godfather, John Elbert, who has a splendid workshop in Wandsworth.<br /><br /> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br /><br /><img src="" border="0" alt="" />]]></content>
  473. </entry>
  475. <entry>
  476.   <author>
  477. <name>davidcharl</name>
  478. <email>[email protected]</email>
  479. </author>
  480. <title><![CDATA[USA 2007]]></title>
  481. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
  482. <id></id>
  483. <modified>2006-12-09T09:44:34+01:00</modified>
  484. <issued>2006-12-09T09:44:34+01:00</issued>
  485. <created>2006-12-09T09:44:34+01:00</created>
  486. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[I am looking forward to another USA trip in May 07.<br /><br />This starts with a weekend class at the Marc Adams School in Indiana. We will be looking at chisel preparation and use, featuring the single lap dovetail. <br /><br />Much of the ground covered is in my two latest Hand Tool Technique DVDs.<br /><br />Number 5 \x93An Examination of Precision Chisel work\x94 should be published soon.<br /><br />Number 4 \x93Precision Preparation of Chisels for Accurate Joinery\x94 is available now.<br /><br />This visit has been deliberately timed to coincide with the plane class run by Tom Lie-Nielsen and Chris Schwarz. We enjoy excellent dinners in Indianapolis and at the end of a hard day\x92s teaching good food assumes a disproportionate significance.<br /><br />Then on to Maine for some more DVD work, followed by a presentation at the Toolworks on Saturday the 12th of May.<br />]]></content>
  487. </entry>
  489. <entry>
  490.   <author>
  491. <name>davidcharl</name>
  492. <email>[email protected]</email>
  493. </author>
  494. <title><![CDATA[Short Course Dates]]></title>
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  497. <modified>2006-11-18T08:48:05+01:00</modified>
  498. <issued>2006-11-18T08:48:05+01:00</issued>
  499. <created>2006-11-18T08:48:05+01:00</created>
  500. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[Finally the short course dates for 2007 have been  <a href="" target="_blank">posted</a> .  <br /><br />We are reserving certain weeks for people who wish to return after last year.  In three weeks time these dates will be opened up so please try to contact Theresa quickly if you wish to return.<br /><br />The courses work best as a progression.  Tool Tuning &amp; Technique first, Dovetails second then Drawer Making &amp; Fitting.  <br /><br />There is a new week for those who have already been three times, Veneering and Inlay.<br /><br /> <b>  NEW YEAR SHORT COURSES FOR 08</b> <br /><br />I am planning to run a series of short courses from January 08 instead of the 12 week long course.  Please contact me soon if this time of year sounds attractive as I need to assess demand.  <br /><br />The workshop has central heating and it is very pleasing to be warm and dry in foul weather <br /><br />]]></content>
  501. </entry>
  503. <entry>
  504.   <author>
  505. <name>davidcharl</name>
  506. <email>[email protected]</email>
  507. </author>
  508. <title><![CDATA[Strange coincidences]]></title>
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  511. <modified>2006-11-07T07:48:33+01:00</modified>
  512. <issued>2006-11-07T07:48:33+01:00</issued>
  513. <created>2006-11-07T07:48:33+01:00</created>
  514. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[I have just sent off an article on wood movement to Colin for the January edition of F&amp;C.<br /><br />He informs me that Robert Ingham has also sent in an article on wood movement.<br /><br />Then we open our new copy of Fine Woodworking magazine and there is an excellent article on the same subject by Chris Becksvoort.<br /><br />This article includes a formula for working out the precise height clearance needed for drawers of different heights.  This clearance is essential to avoid the drawers from swelling and sticking in humid hot weather.  Deep bottom drawers migh need as much as 4mm or an eigth of an inch of clearance.<br /><br />We had been discussing this type of formula in the workshop on the same day, as I have always had a little difficulty with the ones published in Bruce Hoadley's excellent book Understanding Wood.<br /><br />It will be fascinating to compare these articles.  We ignore the facts of timber expansion and contraction at our peril and I'm sure none of us want to build self destroying furniture.<br /><br />The back cover has a full page glossy picture of Richard Williams' fantastic, Macassar Ebony writing desk and chair.  This as a modern take on the Carlton House design.  Richard's workshop produces some of the finest modern cabinetmaking in the country.<br /><br />The weather has been fantastic and unseasonal here, sun, low winds and clear air.  I picked up 261 Cowrie shells from the low tide pools on a local beach on Saturday.  It felt just like spring.  I wonder if we will have a rare cold winter.<br /><br />best wishes,<br />David  ]]></content>
  515. </entry>
  517. <entry>
  518.   <author>
  519. <name>davidcharl</name>
  520. <email>[email protected]</email>
  521. </author>
  522. <title><![CDATA[New Website Design]]></title>
  523. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="" />
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  525. <modified>2006-10-31T07:49:26+01:00</modified>
  526. <issued>2006-10-31T07:49:26+01:00</issued>
  527. <created>2006-10-31T07:49:26+01:00</created>
  528. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[If you are a regular visitor you will notice that my website has a completely new design.<br /><br />This is very exciting as it coincides with the arrival of Book 3 and DVD 4.<br /><br />John Lovell  <a href="" target="_blank"></a> has been working hard on this project for many weeks, and I am thrilled with the result.<br /><br />We will be working on the content for the next few weeks and will publish next years short course dates soon, as there have already been several enquiries.<br /><br />Any comments on the functionality of the site will be appreciated.]]></content>
  529. </entry>
  531. <entry>
  532.   <author>
  533. <name>davidcharl</name>
  534. <email>[email protected]</email>
  535. </author>
  536. <title><![CDATA[Japanese saws sold in UK]]></title>
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  539. <modified>2006-10-07T19:14:41+01:00</modified>
  540. <issued>2006-10-07T19:14:41+01:00</issued>
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  542. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[We played with some saws on Friday, the tenth day of my 12 week course.<br /><br />As usual some of the students had turned up with Japanese Dozuki saws, with the intention of using them for dovetailing in thin hardwood.  They were not best pleased when we discovered by experiment, that most were only suitable for crosscutting softwood.<br /><br />I believe that the majority of  work done in Japan is with softwood.  I think that retailers in the UK should explicitly advise what tooth pattern they are selling, to avoid this sort of disappointment. and I am not aware that this is being done.<br /><br />The only Dozuki, I have found so far which does a good job in thin hardwood, for dovetailing, is the Sun Child saw from the Craftsmans Choice, Thanet tools, Ashford in Kent.  These are very reasonably priced, around the £30 mark and I have been happy with these for many years.  A replacement blade is around  £13.<br /><br />I visited many professional workshops in the past and often noticed Dozukis languishing in toolboxes with a number of teeth missing!  The teeth of machine manufactured saws are impulse hardened and very brittle.  Softwood crosscut saws have tall, fine needle shaped teeth which snap off easily if confronted with ebony.  The Sun Child has shorter, stouter teeth which cope well with hardwood.<br /><br />I have an ongoing difference of opinion  with Dr. Rudolf Dick, as I think the Sun Child performs slightly better than the saw he recommends for dovetailing.  Both blades are made in the same factory, and the difference in sharpening is difficult for me to detect, some very subtle change of angle on one or more of the three facets which each tooth has.  However they both work a great deal better than the majority of unsuitable saws sold to the unwary.<br /><br />Time for more accurate information from our beloved retailers?<br /><br />Ask probing questions, get the right tool for the job.<br /><br />PS  If you don't have the Dick Fine Tool catalogue you are missing a treat, the contents are superb and the service is excellent.  <a href=>Click here to visit his site</a>]]></content>
  543. </entry>
  545. <entry>
  546.   <author>
  547. <name>davidcharl</name>
  548. <email>[email protected]</email>
  549. </author>
  550. <title><![CDATA[Edge Planing Experiment]]></title>
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  553. <modified>2006-10-01T07:13:30+01:00</modified>
  554. <issued>2006-10-01T07:13:30+01:00</issued>
  555. <created>2006-10-01T07:13:30+01:00</created>
  556. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[Start with a perfectly straight edge on a shortish  board, say 15 to 20 inches long.  <br /><br />Take 10 full length, reasonably fine,  through shavings, with a bench plane such as a 5, 6 or 7.<br /><br />Test the edge carefully with a precision straight edge such as a Starrett (No.386-24 available from Lie-Nielsen) and I predict a small bump, or falling away of the ends, will have ocurred!  The errors will be small, just a few thousandths of an inch, but they will be there.  The longer you plane the worse the error will be.<br /><br />This effect is not necessarily caused by faulty planing technique, though this is one possibility.  I believe that the geometry of a bench plane, i.e. a flat sole with a blade protruding by a few thousandth's of an inch, is not correct for maintaining or producing a straight surface without some technique.<br /><br />The classic technique used to counteract this fact, is the use of 'stop' shavings, where the beginning and end of the surface are not planed, to induce a slight hollow in the length.<br /><br />On work of the size specified, one simply takes 'stop' shavings till the plane no longer cuts, and follows with one or two 'through' shavings.  The edge/surface will now be virtually perfectly straight.  I find that with care my surfaces remain minutely hollow.  Perhaps one thou" over 15 ".  Since we can never achieve perfection, this seems like a good result to me.  I would much rather have a one thou" hollow than a one thou" bump!<br /><br />Longer surfaces are a different kettle of fish and one really needs a longer straight edge, though the flexibility of timber becomes more of an issue, and less precision is needed.<br /><br />Edge joints can be tested by offering up and test clamping.<br /><br />I would like to thank all those who contributed to this discussion recently on forum, particularly those who took the time and trouble to have a go.<br /><br />To sum up;  Even the best planes won't do it for you automatically, 'Technique' is an absolute necessity.<br /><br />My planing techniques for precision component preparation are described fully on my second DVD.  (Face/Datum side, face edge, thicknessing and square ends).<br /><br />]]></content>
  557. </entry>
  559. <entry>
  560.   <author>
  561. <name>davidcharl</name>
  562. <email>[email protected]</email>
  563. </author>
  564. <title><![CDATA[Holiday]]></title>
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  567. <modified>2006-09-24T10:19:07+01:00</modified>
  568. <issued>2006-09-24T10:19:07+01:00</issued>
  569. <created>2006-09-24T10:19:07+01:00</created>
  570. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[We had a great time walking, beachcombing and building "Goldsworthy" towers from the fantastic granite pebbles.<br /><br /><img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br /><br />There is something exceptionally serene about these beautiful islands and we can't wait to go back.<br /><br /><img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br /><br />The 12 week course starts on Monday with a new group.  Workshop is exceptionally tidy, thanks to assistance from Andrew Arthur who is waiting for developers to finish his new workshop, on the waterfront at Salcombe.<br /><br /><br /><br />]]></content>
  571. </entry>
  573. <entry>
  574.   <author>
  575. <name>davidcharl</name>
  576. <email>[email protected]</email>
  577. </author>
  578. <title><![CDATA[Smoke and mirrors.]]></title>
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  581. <modified>2006-09-07T21:32:29+01:00</modified>
  582. <issued>2006-09-07T21:32:29+01:00</issued>
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  584. <content type="text/html" mode="escaped" xml:base=""><![CDATA[<img src=";-mirrors.jpg" border="0" alt="" /><br /><br />We have just finished shooting the 'Precision Plane Tuning' DVD, after three days of hard work.  This concentrates on getting maximum performance from a Bailey pattern bench plane.  With a days work one can make one of these planes, old or new, perform to a remarkable standard.  High quality, 2.4mm (95 thou")  A2 cryo blades, cut down chatter and keep you working three or four times longer than carbon steel.<br /><br />Enormous thanks to my delightful and professional crew, can't wait to see the result.<br /><br />Thankfully a weeks holiday on the Scilly Isles for us both to recover.  Pat has been supplying fabulous lunches for 6 &amp; 7 every day, while keeping the dogs from eating the director's baby girl.]]></content>
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