Shed Visits

Went for a shed visit yesterday – it was really good getting a few hours of woodworking in again, especially with the current weather….

(aside: a week ago I was working flat-out getting the garden ready for Christmas visitors (other than Santa) in pouring rain, and this week it is over 40 degrees C ambient (meant to get to 43 degrees C today), which makes my shed reach 45 – 50 degrees 😦  Basically, that means no shed time for me)

Getting back to the point, the shed I visited is somewhat more insulated (a brick garage) than my tin box, so was actually usable in the conditions.

First thing was the obligatory shed tour, and it is always interesting having the clash of the familiar and unfamiliar.  Not explaining myself very well… what I mean is when you walk into a woodworking workshop, it has a familiar feel – there are machines that are common, but then they are not identical, and the layout and relationship between the machines is always different.  It is good in another way – it strips away some of that confidence that familiarity with a machine breeds, and reminds you just how important safe practices are.


The first thing we decided to do was to refamiliarise ourselves with the Incra, and specifically to try making some dovetail joints.  The first couple really didn’t work well, so it was back to the books, and it just goes to show that forgetting/skipping steps is a really bad thing.  I’d forgotten just how critical bit height was, and had set it so the bit was higher than the material, but where that works for a box joint, it does nothing for a dovetail.  We got the height right, using the trick of cutting 2 dovetail slots, then flipping one board to rejoin them together.  Any error in bit height is immediately apparent.


Once we had that sorted, the dovetail proceeded very easily.  Next time, we have to try one of the more complex joints!

The other thing we got to, was teaching me some of the basic techniques for turning a wood bowl.  Got a small one made, although with many errors, but at least it looked kind of like it should.

So an interesting day – its always good getting to share ideas and work on a project with someone else.  So often this is such an individual pursuit.

Silly season for another year

What with events from the 23rd to the 28th, there’s no time for sheds, woodworking, or blogs…….

Finally on the right side of all that for another year, I can finally get back to the more regular pursuits.  There’s a whole list of jobs to do over what remains of the break, including to start toddler-proofing the house (wood edging the brick fireplace hearth, a box for the lounge to put all the charger and computer power cables etc), new bathroom wall cupboard, new wardrobe (doubt some of these will get done this break!) etc.

Off to a friend’s workshop on Sunday – will see what ideas I can scavenge!  I might get to try out a real tablesaw (and one fitted with the Incra tablesaw fence too!), and actually try out the Incra 1000se Miter Fence, as well as the 3000se, rather than just surmising how well they work.

So finally back on deck – sorry about the break.

Lots of woodworking toys for my birthday

Certainly can’t complain about the selection of new toys for the shed!


First was from my little girl (well trained!) It is a 1 1/4″ oval skew chisel.  Hard to tell the size from the photo, but it is almost as long as she is!


A couple of very nice dovetail router bits, chosen specifically as they are the correct sizes and angles for some of the Incra templates.  They are not the cheapest bits, as the top portion of the bits are solid carbide – too fine to just carbide-tip, so they are made from a whole piece of Tungsten Carbide, then fitted inside a standard steel shank.


A new subscription to Woodsmith



An Incra Miter1000se with accuracy to 1/10 of a degree.  It is going to be very interesting to get it working, especially on a Triton!


And an essential tool…..ok not! (No drinking and using sharp tools!)

Getting pretty quiet!

Guess most people are finishing up at work, are madly Xmas shopping etc, and are not online as much. I certainly haven’t had time to come online for the last few days, and guess that will be so until after Xmas Day.

So if you don’t get back here until after ‘the’ day, Merry Christmas, and a happy and safe, and productive New Year!

I have been doing a little thinking about next year, and this blog, so some new ideas will become incorporated over time, including new video entrances, and a whole stack of new subjects.

So whether you are a long time reader of Stu’s Shed, or if this is your first visit, I want to thank you all for the support, feedback, comments, and presence during the past 6 months, and hope that we can continue to feed information that you find useful to you, your next project, or your workshop.



New Triton 235mm Saw Announced

This has just been announced on – a new 235mm (9 1/4″) 2300W circular saw.


I don’t have any other information on this saw at this stage, other than what is in the user manual (available here), and the spec sheet (available here)

I believe this saw (Product code TA235CSL) will be replacing the current 2400W 235mm saw (TSA001). The new saw is meant to be available in March 08.

Remember when I spoke about the Global Village?

I thought it was pretty cool then (that I was getting visitors from a number of different countries around the world), so finding Stu’s Shed now getting references on Russian Woodworking Bulletin boards just blows my mind!

Found this on,3967.0.html

Да, кстати, вспомнил. Чтобы было понятно, как эта штука работает, для чего нужно регулировать вылет фрезы и т.д., есть видео

How cool is that? 😀

(I managed to get a very rough translation of it using Babelfish)

Episode 18 Router Bit Review Rail and Stile Stacked Bit

Stacked Rail and Stile Router Bit. As discussed very recently on Stu’s Shed, this is a very impressive router bit, and has sold me on the concept of stacked rail and stile bits, rather than having two separate matched bits to perform the same job.

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