What is Ply Wood?

The term 'ply wood refers' to engineered boards of wood, that are manufactured by gluing multiple very thin sheets (veneers) of wood together. Each adjacent layer is rotated, often by 90 or 45 degrees, so the grain of the wood runs in different directions. This adds strength, reduces shrinkage and expansion, and greatly reduces the …

Cutting Dovetails with a Router

https://videopress.com/v/gHYD4RP6?preloadContent=metadata Here's a short video I've made demonstrating cutting a dovetail joint using a router and and a trend dovetail jig. The joint is cut into 18mm plywood and has been used along with 3 other similar joints to connect the sides of a desks drawer. The drawer finished and on runners in the desk.

Restoring a door.

I recently took apart and rebuilt an traditional, old pine door. I have been told it was left for too long in a stripping vat and this caused the wood to shrink and crack and the joints to come loose leaving the door sagging on its hinges and dragging on the ground as it attempted …

A New Stage for Mr Brown’s Pig

Mr Brown's Pig is the performance name of Chris Brown, a committed storyteller, puppeteer and musician. He has been an inspiration to me for many years now, and I was delighted when he asked me to remake the framework and playboard of his puppet stage. The dimensions and hinged folding design were to remain the …

Installing a box section

  At work recently we built a little section to box in some bathroom pipework and support a new sink, vanity unit and loo. We built a wooden frame work, as close to the pipes as possible, to free up the maximum amount of space in the small ensuite. Then we covered the wooden frame …

Painting the battlements

​​ It's not every day I find myself painting battlements above a pointed arch, but that's what I was doing yesterday. Today I freed open some painted shut (and one of them siliconed shut) sash windows, without mutilating the the frames. Then I chiseled away the paint above the bottom window, and then sanded the …