Welcomed Gifts

Welcomed Gifts

Something that I have found to be a really refreshing part of the Woodworking/Maker community is just that, the sense of community and the relationships that are built up as a result. People are always willing to help out with advice and suggestions and it really adds...
Garage Workshop Series Part 4 – Painting the Floor

Garage Workshop Series Part 4 – Painting the Floor

One of the biggest issues I have had in using my garage as a workshop has been the concrete floor. Whether it be dust generated from sweeping the floor or from the concrete starting to show wear and tear in high traffic areas, things were becoming a problem. After a...

2016,Workshop update and Refresh of S&A

Firstly let me wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2016! Following on from a break of around 6 months from posting content (particularly on this blog and also on YouTube) I am making a start to 2016 as I mean to go on. During my hiatus, I have not been totally idle....
Stanley No4 Smoothing Plane – Part 3

Stanley No4 Smoothing Plane – Part 3

Stanley No4 Part 3 – The Iron Finally! Following on from part 2 of this restoration, the next step was to give the plane iron it’s first sharpen, well first sharpen by my own fair hands. The first step, as with chisels is to polish the back of the iron to...
Stanley No4 Smoothing Plane – Part 2

Stanley No4 Smoothing Plane – Part 2

Stanley No4 Part 2 – The Sole This is the second instalment in a series of blog posts in which I look at giving an old Stanley No4 Smoothing Plane some TLC. You can read part 1 Here.. The sole of the plane looked OK, in need of some work, but nothing too...
Stanley No4 Smoothing Plane – Part 1

Stanley No4 Smoothing Plane – Part 1

Stanley No4 Part 1 – Cleaning the body As we continue our Old Tools Series of articles, I thought I would take you guys through the steps I took to recently refurbish and re-tune one of my Stanley No4 hand planes. I find that I regularly try and grab a bargain...
Adding WordPress “Like” Feature

Adding WordPress “Like” Feature

Usually I don’t post about website related topics, but recently I have been having a problem in trying to get a WordPress feature to work on Shavings and Awl. After spending a few hours searching the internet, I finally managed to add the WordPress...
Origami Rabbits for Easter

Origami Rabbits for Easter

In the build up to Easter, my Brother (Mike) was asked to assist a local school class with some Easter preparation. He is (in my opinion and their’s) quite good at Origami and was asked if he would be willing to make an Origami Rabbit of some sort for each of...
DIY Height Chart

DIY Height Chart

Over Christmas I didn’t get as much woodworking done as I would have liked, but I did manage to produce five or six height charts as gifts for various people. The height charts take the form of enlarged rulers where each of your typical inch increments represent...
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