Thomas Chippendale

The second series is on Thomas Chippendale, and the furniture he produced.

Episode 105 Freeform Router Bowl

Using the Amana Tool bowl bits from, I create a freeform double (interlocking) bowl

Web broadcasting video

Received a rather interesting email tonight from  They send out a regular email promoting their latest router bit, video, sawblade etc, (and I subscribe to it – makes a nice break from the mountain of work emails that come through!)

Tonight’s one will look rather familiar :)


(And yes, they did seek my permission to put the video on their YouTube channel – I was more than happy to allow it)



One hundred and eighty

This is what I spent my weekend making. It features dovetailed joinery, wooden hinges, and shaker-style panel doors.

For the full blow-by-blow, check out the next edition of ManSpace magazine.


Harvesting Ebony

An interesting insight into the state of the ebony trade in the world.

Walnut Dragon


Engraved on the CNC Shark Pro, using a Carbitool laser bit (solid carbide, 15o).  250mm diameter, 45 minute machining time.  Finish: Festool Surfix Oil System


Despite all the preparations for the move, the already significant dismantling and degradation of shed function, I still managed to get out there for a bit of woodwork!

This was specifically because I needed to make some real progress on the latest set of articles for ManSpace magazine, which are due around about the same day as I am moving!  Timing is an immaculate thing.

One of the articles this time (and there will be a few in the same series) is about making kid’s toys – and takes you through a series of 6 steps to produce it.

I further wanted to ensure as many people as possible could complete the project, so limited the number of tools to a maximum of 6 (and only used 3 for the current one), and tried to come up with a project that would only take 60 minutes or so to complete, and under $60 in materials.
I’m not going to tell you want the actual project was – you’ll just have to wait for the next edition to hit the shelves!

It took 60 minutes, $40, and 3 tools (and 6 steps), so I definitely covered the brief (and got to make a little bit of saw dust in the process).

Ok, ok, I’ll give you one cryptic hint.  Dover.

Wonder if anyone will figure it out?


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