Hand woodworking

Egg cup and bowl – “Humpty Dumpty”

This combined egg cup and side bowl was made from a single disc of English cherry – a lovely creamy-textured wood that’s easy to work, making it an ideal turning timber for beginners Start off with a disc about 150mm in diameter and 80mm thick. Attach it to the lathe using either a screwed-on faceplate or a single screw chuck, ...

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Dovetail joints – The houndstooth dovetail

The dovetail is one of the most instantly recognisable of all the woodworking joints. Not only does it look good; it’s also an incredibly strong and efficient construction. Here’s a particularly attractive variation on the theme The design of the dovetail joint gives it considerable mechanical strength, needing little adhesive to hold it. The joint is also seen as the ...

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