An Inspirational Video

What a great inspirational video, very touching indeed.


Need help from machine experts

I was sawing a log about 10 inch in diameter that I found about a year ago. I’m unsure as to what species it is but it had lots of spalting and I thought it make some great boxes. I couldn’t save any of the spalted areas sadly. As I was resawing bang the blade broke right on the weld.

So what caused the breakage? The blade is 1 inch wide 4tpi. The bandsaw is a 2 hp single phase and wasn’t struggling in the cut. The teeth are sharp as the blade is new.

Any ideas would be helpful and any advice as how to avoid blade breakage would be great.

World’s largest wooden clock


I’ve always hated using battery powered movements in my clocks and have long waited for the day I started making my own mechanical movements. Retirement came sooner than did a Sherwood mini metal working lathe and mill.

The first movements made and used were made out of wood, much like you see in the above photo.  Making a wooden geared clock has been on my to do bucket list for a very long time. They aren’t as accurate as a German made Hermle mechanical movement, but if precisely made they can be off by minute. Which isn’t bad at all. I know I could live with that. Could you?

A grandfather or mother clock are on that bucket to do list. But I have others that need ticking off first.


Btw Kevin Bird a fellow Aussie in Western Australia made this world’s largest wooden clock. It took him 4 years in the making of this wonderful piece of work. He’s donated the clock to his local town in the hope it will attract tourism.

Good on ya mate.

Issue VIII coming out soon

There isn’t a fixed date due to life getting in the way, but nonetheless it’s almost done.

In the next issue without revealing the project, I’ll show you how to stain pine without all the blotchy effects. It’s a no brainer that a prominent figure without naming who said it couldn’t be done.

The colour in this one is different to the project I did for the magazine. Can you see any blotch? No, and you never will if you prepare the timber and the stain using my methods. Of course, it’s always better in terms of aesthetics to use real woods like oak, walnut, mahogany or whatever other woods tickle your fancy. Unless you’re being commissioned and the customer is willing to pay the costs associated with those timbers it isn’t for most of us financially viable to use them, especially in Australia. My method of staining is attractive and cost saving method, which means you remain in the good books with upper management.

17th Century Style Shoe Rack


I’m a fan of carved projects be that furniture, boxes, clocks, etc.  I haven’t attempted to try carving the fancy stuff from the 18th century but one of these days soon I will, God willing.  So, I’ve started off with the 17th century which I like very much.


In comparison to the shoe rack I initially made for my wife some years back which is different to the one made for Issue 7 of the magazine, you can see by the side-by-side comparison it’s much larger and heftier. My wife is heavily into fitness training so you can see all her running shoes. Maybe one day soon I will sign up to the gym and hopefully build up some strength again for woodworking.


I guess that isn’t a great photo to show off the sides, but when I make another one I’ll do a better shot. I used 1 1/4″ cut nails to nail the battens. I realised that it would’ve been better aesthetically had I used rose head wrought nails. On the next one I make that’s what I will be using.

wrought nail


Here is another shot of the same side in case it comes up better on your monitors. Every monitor is different so visual appearances are also different. To be somewhat closer to period correctness I should’ve used Red oak. I definitely don’t have red oak in this thickness nor pockets deep enough to afford it. I know Follansbee has access to green logs of red oak and what seems to be he has an endless supply; I don’t. So my choice was limited to pine. Pine worked out fine for this type of carving, but I wouldn’t recommend it for the fancy 18th century style of carving. Let’s just say the wood misbehaves.

I was thinking about putting a dark stain on it, but thought it may ruin it by giving it muddy look.  I will experiment though and just put this theory to test.

For now, I have a new project I was commissioned for which may end up in the upcoming issue of The Lost Scrolls of HANDWORK Magazine. I hope you’ve all enjoyed Issue 7.