An alternative to the traditional roll up canvas auger bit case. Some sets of auger bits were sold in rather fancy wooden boxes. I decided to try making my own to transport my auger bits when working away from my workshop. The starting point for this project is a length of oak of suitable […]
It is not often you come across a 18th Century hand plane that has not been used. These types of plane were often sold as unfinished castings to journeyman carpenters, who would finish them to their own requirements and style. This one never quite got finished for some reason. Not so much a restoration, it’s […]
And now for something completely different. In pure wood working terms this is a dovetailed box. This one however has a twist, its not just built using unplugged techniques, it provides unplugged power! We often camp out and needed a power source to run some LED lights and charge up phones etc. This is was […]
We needed something to store our camping kitchen equipment and we also didn’t fancy cooking at ground level.After a little research I came up with this design. I like the style of campaign furniture so I built it using dovetail joints and incorporated removable legs. Here it is in action. This is the finished box, […]
This is an essential tool if you are going to attempt to sharpen a saw. You can sometimes find old cast iron ones or shop made wooden versions on eBay or at flea markets, but they can be expensive. I thought I would like to use an offcut of oak to make one. Resawing the […]
Here is a fun project to make camping a little more comfortable. This is a rope sprung bed, this design is very loosely copied from a medieval one. It’s made from construction grade timber and built using hand tools. Reassembly takes about 30 minutes. We use an air bed on top for a mattress, but […]
A small bowl made of Beech. This is one of a pair I made with my daughter. The dark banding is applied by holding a chisel edge to the wood until the heat builds up enough to scorch the wood. Finish is Shellac.
This is a large bowl made of Purple Heart (Peltogyne). This is one of the hardest woods in the world. It’s very difficult to work (this broke a roughing gouge clean in half). The colour of the wood is light brown when cut and it turns shades of purple once the fresh wood is exposed […]