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Blog entry by Philip Edwards posted 02-08-2007 11:59 PM 900 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Folks
First off – congratulations to the Winners in the Lumberjocks Woodworking Awards! There were some fantastic entries, well done to everyone that entered!
Its been deathly quiet at work today – so had a busy day in the workshop instead! The fluted table is coming along FAST! I managed to cut all the corner joinery, taper the legs and rout the fluting. The left side is gluing up in the clamps as we speak. As always, I have some tasty pictures for you…....
It certainly is worth the time to plan your project out in advance. How some folks managed to make it up as they go along I’ll never know. The time taken to experiment with the router sled and the flutes would of ruined most of the available walnut….......;)
Had a stroke of luck at my local scrap metal merchants. They had just had a pile of brass in from the local engineering firm. Needless to say, I came away with some cracking offcuts of brass plate for peanuts! Enough for a few plane cap irons and plane sides…....... :)
I’ve also been doing a little saw sharpening with my new (old) Disston saw vice. Somehow I’ve managed to make a rip tenon saw that also makes clean crosscuts. Don’t know what the heck I’ve done but I’m pretty pleased. Need to send Mike the Wenz pictures so he can explain how I’ve messed up :)
One of yesterdays moulding planes had some worm holes – I’ve popped it in the freezer for a few days to sort the little bleeders out. I fonly I could get that 6 foot plank of Elm in there too…..;)

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#1 posted 02-09-2007 01:00 AM

it’s really interesting to see the progress “as it’s taking place”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 02-09-2007 01:28 AM

Thanks for this terrific W.I.P. I am thoroughly enjoying it. I was surprised to learn that you did the flutes on the router table. I would have been inclined to do them with a jig and sliding the router from above – but I like your method better.

Thinking about the Walnut with the face pieces you laminated to cover the unwanted grain, I see that these form the top. I was concerned that if they formed the legs, the routing would have revealed the yellow wood.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 02-09-2007 01:30 AM

looks pretty cool all clamped up like that… can’t wait to see the next steps.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 02-09-2007 02:38 AM


I noticed you used the word “clamps” and not “cramps” as our good friend Graham Blackburn says you, being on the other side of the pond, should! Isn’t there some rule that if you use the metric measuring system then you have to say cramps?

Maybe that’s just me…

The table is coming along nicely! Congrats on the brass score, too! Any thoughts of making some of those planes for sale? Yours truely would be interested, partly because I could use a good shoulder plane and partly because I love well-crafted tools and enjoy supporting those who make them.

Some day I want to be able to show my grandkids my Edwards Stuffed Infill plane…

-- Ethan,

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#5 posted 02-09-2007 02:50 AM

Ethan, we Aussies use the term clamps and the Metric system.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 02-09-2007 09:31 AM

HI Foks
Glad you are enjoying the table as much as I!
Don, I was worried I might break through into sap when routing the flutes. Took a real good look at the grain patterns before I chose which piece went where. It’s always a gamble!
I spend some time trawling the US woodworking forums so I’m slowly becoming fluent in American..;) I still use inches and feet but end up converting to millimeters at the end. I’ll see what I can do on the plane front a little later in the year.

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#7 posted 02-09-2007 03:33 PM

That’s hilarious, Phil. It reminds me of my disasterous year of Latin in college after having taken six years of French – I had a hard time of it because I kept translating the Latin into French and then the French into English.

Just the plane thing in mind… some day you’ll be bored with all of that table making and chest making and you’ll think to your self, “Hey, I need to make a plane for that bloke, Ethan.” :)

Love your ingenuity on the walnut sap wood fix, by the way. Can’t wait to see the end results!

-- Ethan,

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