Friday, 3 February 2017

Drill collars

After years of either guessing or putting tape around a drill to bore a blind hole to depth I had had enough when I inadvertently drilled a nice hole into my benchtop. I finally bought a drill collar set! It's only taken me 40+ years.

There are many types for sale and Rutlands had a colour coded set, quite expensive as it turns out. However the reviews of them stated that the soft "protective" washer was no more use than ornament so that was no good.

Another plastic set they had was a "twist to get tighter" model that seemed to take up too much real estate area on the drill bit.

So I looked on Amazon and got a cheaper set of collars that cover 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 16mm drills for £5.29 with Prime free shipping. Hakkin 8Pcs 3-16mm Dia Woodworking Drill Bit Depth Stop Collars.
The jury is out on whether they work properly yet but they seem well made. Only one of them needs the tapped hole clearing out but I can do that.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Saw Till Part 3

Most of the sanding was done prior to glueup. Then after the glue had cured the saw till was removed from clamps and sanded back to 220 grit where required.
French cleat and spacer cleat added

A French cleat was made from some construction timber being glued and screwed to the rear uprights. Also a spacer cleat was glued and screwed to the lower part of the the rear. This is to compensate for the thickness of the French cleat and is made for the same thickness timber.

I had some Sansin wood finish which had a stain in left over from a previous job. I applied just one coat of the finish to give all components of the saw till an all over consistency. Iroko and cedar are similar on color but the French oak is slightly lighter. The stain gives it a uniform color without affecting the grain appearance. A couple of top coats of General Finishes Enduro Var gives the till extra protection. This is only shop furniture but it you are making it you may as well make it well.
Saw till lifted onto the wall cleat


The till was hung on to the pre-existing French cleat on the shop wall and left to cure for a few days before kitting out began.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Old woodworking books

For the past two years my wife and I have gone to a Burns night over the entire last weekend of January with friends to a pub/hotel in Cumbria, England called the Fat Lamb. Much ale and whisky is consumed as well as the piping in of the haggis.
The piper leads the way and the youngster at the back is carrying the cooked haggis ready for the ceremony

On the Saturday of the weekend on both years we have gone to an old mill in Sedbergh called Farfield Mill. This is an old Victorian cotton/woollen mill and has been converted into a heritage museum with workshops. On one of the floors of the building there are a few craftspeople in their own workshops. There is a silversmith, hat maker, artists to name but a few. There is also a store selling old books. Needless to say my eye always wanders to the woodworking section. There are lots of books in this section from recent ones to ancient ones.
Small section of woodworking books

Moving along the shelf

On the bottom shelf was this book on the left



I was drawn to one book in particular called "Modern Cabinet Work. Furniture & Fitments. An Acount Of The Theory & Practice In The Production Of All Kinds Of Cabinet Work & Furniture" by Percy Wells and John Hooper. This book was dated 1909 and was expensive. I made a note of it and then looked on Amazon to see if it was available. It was for sale by the Oxfam store in Magdalen Street Norwich for the sum of just £18 + shipping.

The book came a day after I ordered it and is in fantastic condition - much better than the one in the store at Farfield Mill. It is a hardbacked tome of 384 pages. I opened it and on the inside cover was a hand written note. It says "Presented to E.F Chaplin by his loving wife November 5th 1909". I imagine it was taken to the charity shop by a relative of the original owner. I will now read it and get many years of enjoyment from this book which is now over a century old. It sits on my shelf as a tribute to the original recipient who must have asked his wife to buy it for his birthday all those years ago.

I have also bought some more books which I am awaiting delivery some as cheap as 1 penny up to a few pounds. These I also saw in that book store in Farfield Mill. If you want some good woodworking books from the past then get yourself over to Farfield Mill for a great day out

Monday, 30 January 2017

Saw Till Part 2

The next part of the build was the lower panel. This will ultimately support the drawers so needed cutting to length and transferring the pins onto it. Also a dado was cut for the vertical divider and a groove at the back for a back panel.

Tenons cut on the ends of the drawer console upper panel. This shows the grooves and dado cut on the underside of the panel.


The upper and mid crossmembers were made next. I had opted to use conventional mortise and tenon construction on these. They were cut to length and I used the tablesaw to cut the tenons. Also grooves were cut for the rear panels.


Tongue and groove western red cedar was used for the rear panel. I cut some tenons on the tablesaw to enable the boards to slot into the grooves.


I ended up with a bunch of parts to glue up.