Friday, 24 June 2011

Small bookcase and window seat.

This pair are pretty much finished, bit more to do on the window seat, and just a couple of coats of hard wax oil. Next time you see them they will be fitted, and I will update then. No wip pic's, as they are pretty straightforward.

Wall hung book shelves in European ash, cornice/crown moulding looks huge, but is going about 8' up so needs to be large. Shelves are adjustable, just on simple posts.

Corner detail on bottom shelf.

Ash window seat with compartment under the lid.

There are a couple of oak veneered panels going on the inside to hide all fixings.

Corner detail, I still need to plane the top rail a touch to get it to fit snug.

Thats what I've been up to for the last couple of days, thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Oak ledged and braced doors finished.

Just got these fitted today, clients were very happy, and they have something that cannot be bought off the shelf.

Rear of the door showing the continuous brace, only available when you buy custom made.

It was also a good opportunity to take some finished pic's of the wardrobes and cabinets I made for them recently. The clients have now decorated, and I think the new ledge and brace doors go rather well with the wardrobes. You might be able to see at the bottom of the picture, the hand made blanket chest I made a few months ago also.

Thanks for looking :-).

Friday, 17 June 2011

Sycamore wardrobes Finished

Just fitted these today, the clients father and mother were very pleased. The young client wanted to paint them...oh well cant please them all the time.

Thanks for looking, have a great weekend guys.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Oak ledged and braced doors

I've been meaning to get these finished for a couple of weeks, but have been tied up on the wardrobe job. These are going to look very traditional, and the oak is stunning. Starting with a pile of machined timber...

 Then apply the ledges and braces

Then nail, I'm using hand-made looking nails for this(that cost a small fortune), and they look great.

All nailed in place.

Two down one to go.

I will get these finished this week with a view to fit the following, thanks for looking.

Sycamore wardrobes

I'm sure its getting a bit boring seeing all these wardrobes I'm making at the moment, but there's light at the end of the tunnel. I have a couple of nicer(to make) pieces soon, a knee-hole desk with nine drawers, and a little shelf unit. Anyway here's a few progress shots of the large sycamore wardrobes, face frame fitted.

I decided to book-match all the door panels, I used most of the figured sycamore for this.

And all the doors fitted,  the drawers will be glued up tomorrow morning. There is a bookshelf unit going on the left-hand end, I am starting this tomorrow also.

Thanks for looking, and keep looking for the desk coming up :-).

Festool Carvex Review.

I've had a fairly good play with the carvex to form an opinion now, and this will be my review.

First off let me tell you that it comes in a sys 1, and what you get in the box. The carvex itself and the cord, you get the dust extraction tube that clips into the base, and the interchangeable bases when you buy the set. A couple of blades to get you started, and a couple of zero tolerance inserts.

 The extraction tube simply pushes into the back of the base plate.

It then seats/clips into the back of the base plate.

  If you want to change to the guide rail base or the mitre base, you need to unclip the basic base that comes with the tool and push this lever forward.

This in-turn pushes the hooked baseplate holder back and releases the base for a change-over, then reverse to get the base locked in. There is no play in mine whatsoever incidentally, so they have sorted that small problem that was doing the round on the forums.

Shot of the baseless unit ready for the selection of bases that come with the set.

 Moving onto the set this comes in a sys 2 and contains 4 interchangeable baseplates that clip onto the standard baseplate that comes with the tool. The circle cutting add on,which clips into the guide rail baseplate. The guide rail plate, and the mitre plate. There are five of the felt sheets for the StickFix plate for working on finished work, and four zero tolerance inserts. It also comes with a mystery key-chain that looks like it should do something, but I can find no mention of it in the instructions.

 The circle cutting tool simply clips into guide rail plate.

The mitre baseplate can also be used for cutting all manner of odd shaped materials.

In this video you can see a bit of play in the guide rail plate, I think it could benefit from a couple of cam's that are present on the base plate of the track saws.

The pin for the circle cutting tool is a bit loose, I can see this being lost, so will need a better clip to hold it secure.

 The blade changing is very quick and tool-less

 It takes a couple of seconds to push and click a new blade in place

In use with the guide rail and extraction on, there is a little bit of dust, but not much. I also love the instant brake and have found it very safe in use. Plus if you turn the sound down, it looks like I'm using a laser....

 And without dust extraction on

Now lets take a look at how square it cuts

 This is in 1 1/4" sycamore, but I cut in 2" too and got the same result.

Is this jigsaw worth the money, for me yes. I have used many over the years and this is easily the best by far, it would be perfect, if not for the little niggles I have highlighted. That said it is a very well made tool and very accurate, I'm used to using jigsaws for roughing out work to then follow with other processes. This jigsaw is going to save me time cleaning up after, and in time also money. The strobe light is a very good feature, and helps with following the line. Its not a particularly loud machine in use, and the brake is a very good feature. Its variable speed, but I tend to use it on the A setting, it kind of idles when not in contact with the material, and as soon as it touches it, its full steam ahead. Putting the zero tolerance plates in is a bit unnerving, I used some pliers, but they really help minimise breakout. Now the money side of things I paid £464.40 which is twice as much as a comparable jigsaw...but this leaves them for dust, and is easily twice as good for the square cutting alone without all the extra options. On that note, I would recommend this jigsaw for sure, if you can justify the cost or you simply just want it.

Edit: Friday 3rd February 2012.

I thought I would update this post  for a more informed view now, seeing as this Festool Carvex post gets hit the most.

 Since I have had this power tool it has had some kind catastrophic electrical failure, that required a new motor and switch. This happened half way through a cut, where by blue smoke and sparks came out of the side of the tool, followed by a large bang, this happened on site scribe cutting 18 mm MDF while fitting some bookcases for a client. Luckily I had a spare jigsaw in the van so could carry on with the fit. This happened three days before Christmas, so I thought I would sort it out in the new year. I called Axminster power tools(where this tool was purchased) on the third of January and they collected it the very next day with a view for Festool UK to either fix or replace. They replaced the motor and switch after getting them sent over from Germany, and two weeks later I had my jigsaw back. The couple of disappointing things was.... I wasn't offered a loan jigsaw for this two week period. Though I didn't think to ask for one at this time, but it would of been nice to have been offered one none the less. Also why didn't Festool UK not have the parts in stock, and why did this take two weeks. Overall I'm still happy with this machine now I have it back. I cannot fault Axminster in any of this because they picked it up the next day, and dropped it back off as soon as they received it from Festool UK.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

New Toys...

I've been looking for a quicker and cleaner way to sand all my face timbers for some time, and with out splashing out on a decent wide belt sander I decided to take a look at the festool route. I consulted the gods at woodworkuk, Plus I checked out Paul-Marcel's site and got an idea of what's going to fit in with me. I decided upon a rotex 150. Also last week while fitting the ash robes, my trusty Bosch jigsaw finally gave up the ghost after 15yrs service, so with a 7% price increase soon I thought what the hey, and stumped up for the two at the same time. I trundled out this morning to a delivery driver handing me this little lot.....


I've had a bit of a play with this today, and I'm very impressed so far. It just seems so much more efficient than my old belt sander, plus my orbital. I've been sanding the shelves on the sycamore wardrobes I'm making,  they have come up dreamy, and in about half the time it would normally take. Anyone who hasn't got one...get one immediately, you won't be disappointed.

I haven't had a chance to play with this as of yet, but I was sceptical to say the least. There have been many things said about this jigsaw, I'm just hoping they have ironed out the wrinkle's by now, fingers crossed hey.

 I bought the set, so I have all these to play with on site.(wonder if I will use them?)

I have no idea what this is for, and because I'm a man I haven't looked at the destructions yet! The end seems to fit where the blade goes into the body, anyone know? Or is it just a flash keyring....

And the festool god's were with me again, when at then bottom of the box was this rather cool workshop clock.

Oh and I managed to get these knocked up too, these are the carcases for a Sycamore wardrobe I'm making.

Anyway thanks for a bit of a gloat, I will post a few progress shot's on these in the coming days. Cheers.