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30 August 2016

Ask Mitch - Wooden V-Block

Making a Wooden V-Block?

I wonder what your thoughts are on making a v block approx 1 foot long using hand tools only. This is a routine operation on a table saw, just Ange the blade, 2 cuts and done. I don't have a table saw that can do this, what is the easiest way to do this with a reasonable amount of accuracy with hand tools?

Why not rip close with a hand saw, then clean up with a shoulder plane. You can get a specialty plane that will cut a 'V', and this would probably be faster. It should also be possible to use a shoulder plane, but the centre line will shift with each cut, so you need to start the groove away from where the centre should be.
Of course, if you require an acute angle 'V' groove, then shoulder planes are out, and you would have to clean up the saw cut with chisels.

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26 August 2016

Spiral Table Instructable, Video, and Free Plans

Pleased to release my latest Cre8 project, a spiral table, or is it a garden planter?
There is an Instructable (Spiral Table / Spiral Planter) and Free Plans, together with the Video. 
Hope you enjoy it.

4 August 2016

#TOOLMake16 - The Results

After judging and drawing, the Champion, and Prize Winners, can now be revealed.

Watch the Results video here:

Grateful thanks to Carl Jacobson for his help in the judging process.

We both scored the winner maximum points. Do let me know what you though of all the entries, and of the choice of Champion.

And if you haven't watched the entries yet, then I encourage you to do so.

#TOOLMake16 playlist

2 August 2016

TOOLMake16 News

Thanks to all of you who entered the TOOLMake16 challenge.

There were some awesome entries, and if you haven't watched them all yet, then go take a look through the playlist on YouTube.

Many thanks also to Carl Jacobson, who is helping me to judge this year. I know how busy Carl is, so I really appreciate his taking the time to do this. Show him some love by stopping by his website and or YouTube channel.

Once the Champion and Prize Winners are known, I shall be posting a Results video. However, I'm still pretty rough after a nasty throat infection, so give me a little time to get my voice back ;-)