Vale The Timber Benders

Sad news has come through this month: Don O’Connor and Sue Ewart O’Connor were killed earlier this month in a tragic car accident, when they swerved to avoid a kangaroo on the Daylesford-Malmsbury Road.

I met Don and Sue briefly at one of the woodshows (when they were at the Flemington Race Course), having been very aware of the work they were doing with some historic (mid 19th century) equipment and old techniques to steam-bend timber.


They were the last dedicated timber bending industry in Australia, and they, and the knowledge they had of traditional techniques will be sorely missed.

New Kreg Product – a Plug Cutter

Noticed this came on the market recently (at least I hope it was recently!) A plug cutter from Kreg Tool


This means you can cut plugs to fill the pockethole hole from your choice of timber species.

It looks to use an oversized guide which fits your standard jig, which will support HD, standard and micro plug cutting bits.


Not sure when this will be available in Australia – if you use pocketholes, worth keeping an eye out for this one.

Cake Toppers

Have had a few orders for cake toppers recently.  I’ve been cutting them from acrylic and it seems to be quite successful.  Better yet is when you can make it completely customised – can’t buy that in a shop (or from China!). Will post the latest effort shortly.

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