Master Class Articles

Here are some of my articles I had written for Good Woodworking Magazine circa 2001. These articles touch upon the in’s and out’s of a maker with information about hand tools, veneering, glue ups and more detailed information for my own design process within some of my furniture pieces. Enjoy.


2643 Words - Posted on 4th February 2015

It's been a month of disasters and disappointments. Not that it started out that way. It began with a phone call from an old friend of mine, Dennis Sutton. I have known Dennis over fifteen years since the time he was a student with me. Dennis called ... [read]

Hand tools for a cabinet maker part 3

2039 Words - Posted on 4th February 2015

In this article the last of the series of three, I am talking about the last section of tools that a young apprentice cabinetmaker would need to start off their collection of handtools. In previous weeks I've talked about planes and chisels, marking ... [read]

Hand tools for a cabinet maker part 2

1754 Words - Posted on 4th February 2015

This month we will be looking at chisels and marking and measuring tools. A few years ago now for another magazine I did a test of all of the brands of chisels available in the cabinet makers bevel edged pattern. The objective was to find the best ... [read]

Hand tools for a cabinet maker

2204 Words - Posted on 4th February 2015

This month and continuing next month I will be showing you the kind of advice I give to students who are about to join our workshop on a one-year course in cabinet making: Most of us have a bag of tools rattling around somewhere in the garage and by ... [read]

Market research for small workshops

2370 Words - Posted on 4th February 2015

O.K. so you're a woodworker. You enjoy doing it, you've got a small workshop – you've been doing it for a fair while and now you want a bit on the side. You want to be able to turn whatever you make into a little bit of money. In the coming three ... [read]

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