Category Archives: Handmade

Baked Lemon Cheesecake

Some guy down the road has a lemon tree with a surplus of fruit. Each day he offers to the neighbourhood two or three on the top of his letter box and each evening during my walk I take two … Continue reading

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Weekend beachcomb

My wife and I took a walk around the estuary in Australind on the weekend and there were many hundreds of these collected in the grass and rocks along the shoreline. They have the shape of a water washed stone … Continue reading

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Milk paint

If everyone jumped off a cliff, I wouldn’t follow. But I would be curious as to why lots of people were all doing the same thing. Sometimes there is wisdom in the masses. And so it is with the trend … Continue reading

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Completed wedged through tenons

Stool. Pine. Ages ago I posted a picture of a wedged through tenon I’d made on a stool I was building. At the time I intended to paint it to cover the horrible wood but some people on the internet … Continue reading

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Wedged through tenons

Wedged through tenons. Pine with Jarrah wedge. I made some wedged through tenons on a stool I’m making out of some spectacularly fugly pine. I thought through tenons would be a fun technique to try and wedging them with a … Continue reading

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Brand new knife

Marking knife. Sheoak. Brass, 7.5 inches. I’ve wanted a proper marking knife to replace the plastic xacto blade I’d been using for the past year. Derek Cohen, a local woodworker I regard highly, makes a pretty nice one but he … Continue reading

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A new old saw

One weekend I took a handsaw and length of timber and cut it until it was too short to make any more cuts. At the end I had two things – a pile of firewood and the ability to saw square … Continue reading

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Promise box

Box. Jarrah, 6×3.5×4 inches. Sometime last year my wife decided she wanted a box to hold her earrings in that was a bit nicer than the plastic container she’d been using. She was looking at some mass produced jewellery boxes … Continue reading

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Hardware problems

The box I’ve been working on for, what seems like, the last several decades is almost complete. The carcase and its matching lid are done, so the task of attaching the hinges that join the lid to the box sets me considering how … Continue reading

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Dovetailed Hello World

Box. Pine, 3×3.5×3 inches. I made this box as a woodworking version of writing the ‘hello world’ program when first learning a programming language  — a simple, but complete thing, done to grasp some basic concepts. Using hand tools requires an understanding … Continue reading

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