Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Yandles Show

Hi Folks
I'll be attending the Yandles Spring Woodworking Show in Martock, Somerset  (near Yeovil) this coming weekend (Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April). It's a great show to visit (especially as its free entry and parking) and it is set in the grounds of a real working sawmill, so there is lots of interesting stuff to see as well as the tools! I'll be on the Classic Hand Tools stand so do drop by for a chat if you are attending.

News......I have a new apprentice! Steve has been helping me out over the years on the occasional project (as well as being a friend for twenty something years!) and has a skill set which meshes nicely with my own. He will be taking on stock preparation and milling up irons to allow me to catch up a little with the order list. We hope to introduce some exciting new products and planes in the coming year and I am genuinely excited at the prospect of having someone to work alongside me - sometimes even I get board of talking to myself ;)



Planes...you may have noticed that some more planes have been added to the site. I now offer the Fore plane and Try plane as standard items, both excellent planes for the preparation and truing of timber. And I have also added the Dovetail plane as a standard item - this is for cutting the male part of sliding dovetails and features adjustable fences to allow a wide variety of sizes to be cut.

Back to the bench....

Philly

Monday, February 10, 2014

New Stuff.....

Hi Folks
A long overdue blog update! My apologies for this, if I'm not blogging its because I'm making lots of planes :)
I have lots of news which I'll blog about as the week goes by, but first up is the website. I have added some new models (the Try, Fore and Sliding Dovetail planes) and updated a few articles. I'm also offering my standard plane irons for sale to you keen woodworkers who want to have a go at making your own planes.

Other news.....I had an accident on the band saw in December, injuring the index finger of my left hand. Thankfully there has been no serious damage and I am now back to full use of my hand. We have all read about other woodworkers having accidents and when it happens to you it is quite a shock - needless to say, making sure you keep the guards safely in position and not working when you are tired, ill or a combination of both is extremely important for your safety. Don't take the risk, it truly is not worth it!!!!!

It is so nice to start the New Year with lots of orders to get stuck into - 2013 was a fantastic year for us and I intend to make 2014 even better. Stay tuned!

Cheers
Philly

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Show Breakdown

Hi Folks
I'm back down to earth (and back in the workshop!) after a very enjoyable few days at the European Woodworking Show. It just gets better every year - a varied and interesting mix of woodworking being demonstrated or on display of every possible kind, a wide choice of food and beverages for when you need a break and a fantastic venue to explore (the historic barns are just amazing!)


It was great to meet so many interested Folk over the weekend - I talked non-stop over the whole weekend leaving me hoarse but happy. Getting feedback from customers new and old as well as chatting to Folks who stopped by the bench really helps re-assure me that I am taking my work in the right direction and that is appreciated - as I work alone it is easy sometimes to doubt yourself.
The big bonus for me is meeting up with old friends and spending the evenings having a beer or two at the local pub - spending quality time with the likes of David Charlesworth, Chris Schwarz, John Hoffman, Deneb Puchalski, Richard Maguire and many others really makes the weekend something special.

So - back to the bench. I've got some interesting planes on the go which I'll share with you shortly as well as trying to find some time to complete the Plough Plane prototype. More soon!

Cheers
Philly

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Show Time!

Hi Folks
Time certainly flies by - the summer arrived with a bang and we had some wonderful weather. It was roasting in the workshop by three in the afternoon most days, a far cry from the chilly winter months. Orders have been coming in strong, too, the busiest I've ever been. A very promising sign!

Next weekend sees the wonderful European Woodworking Show at Braintree - by far the best woodworking show in the UK! I am pleased to be demonstrating my planes there and will be set up in-between the Lie-Nielsen bench and Chris Schwarz (of Pop Wood and Lost Arts Press fame!) If you're considering coming along don't hesitate - it's a well organised show with top exhibitors and demonstrations, excellent food and drink and set in fantastic ancient timber framed halls! And please drop by and say hello if you do :)

Our Side Bead planes have been very popular since their introduction earlier this year and I'll be bringing some along to try out at the show along with hollow and rounds, rebate and smoothing planes.

I was very excited to see a three page article published in Fine Tool Journal on the planes and how I got started. Many thanks to Ethan Sincox for the interview!

Cheers
Philly

Thursday, May 09, 2013

New Model - The Side Bead

Hi Folks
We're pleased to announce a new addition to our line of planes - the Side Bead. I love these planes, very simple to use, and you dress up a simple project into something very sophisticated quite quickly. Drawers, panels, corners - you name it, there's an opportunity for a bead!



Megan Fitzpatrick of Popular Woodworking magazine ordered one recently and placed a little review here - I think she was quite pleased with it.

The planes are initially available in 1/8" and 3/16" sizes, perfect for most smaller scale cabinet work. Price is £150 each or the pair for £280, available now on our website.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Oar Making Planes

Hi Folks
Earlier in the year we completed a commission for Glasgow's "Museum of Transport". It was to duplicate a set of nine planes that were used to make oars. Each plane varied in size and they all had convex soles, curved in both directions, to allow them to carry out their specialised tasks. We copied them extremely accurately from the originals, using the same kind of irons  - some had block plane irons, others cut down bench plane irons and other had offcuts of saw blades fashioned into blades. One thing we did not copy was the many years of patina and wear on the originals but hopefully with a little use our replicas will soon acquire  a patina of their own.


In the meantime things have been extremely busy here at the workshop - it's very exciting to see demand growing for wooden planes! We have two new models to add to the website in the coming month and I have just completed converting a large delivery of quartersawn English Beech into many, many plane sized billets and put them on the conditioning shelves.
Now it's back to the 'bench!

Cheers
Philly

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dovetail Plane

Hi Folks
Things are busy here at the Philly Workshop - plenty of lovely planes have been winging their way out the doors. Here's a rather special plane for making sliding dovetails. It cuts the male portion of the joint - it has an adjustable fence to set the depth (width?) of the tail and a depth stop to stop the plane cutting once the profile is complete. The plane features a reverse skewed iron (a regular skew like on a Fillister leaves a ragged edge on the fine corner of the dovetail - I found a reverse skew leaves it perfectly finished) and a nicker iron to cut a clean shoulder line.
The plane is simple to use (you just need to keep it upright as you plane) and, as it is designed to work across the grain,  leaves lovely curly shavings. Cut one side of the joint, flip the workpiece over and repeat on the second side, giving a perfect dovetail!.


I've been using Facebook a lot more regularly than the Blog - if you use Facebook do head over to the Philly Planes page. I put up lots of pictures of day to day things on the bench!.

Cheers

Philly