Task Light

I’ve often found a low raking light really helps my woodworking. Its a handy little project that will pay dividends for years to come.

Finessing a joint, sanding, paring or removing machine marks is always easier. The older I get the more I value my raking light 🙂

Daylight and overhead lighting is always a good thing, but it can tend to wash out the surface details. Details you can barely feel become easily visible with a raking light placed …

Machinist Vise Parallels

A set of 3D printable Parallels and holder to aid in clamping on a Vise. I use a metalworking vise mainly for woodworking, traditionally these are metal, but for my purposes plastic is just fine.

Parallels are all 5mm wide and very from 10mm to 30mm in Height. You need to print 2 of each to complete the set as pictured but you can just print the ones you need or as needed.

I found printing the holder +3% in …

CNC DREMEL

A couple of months ago I came across a youtube video by Nikodem Bartnik on building a basic little CNC machine. He also shared his STL files allowing you to 3D print your own components and build a machine.

Nickodems STL files and instructions can be found here on Thingiverse:
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3004773?

Ive been wanting to try my hand and some CNC work and this project looked ideal. I already had a dremel engraver so I bought the rest of the …

PLA+ from 3DFillies

In recent times I have fallen in love with 3D printing. It complements woodworking and making in many ways. I’ve used it for stand-alone projects, jigs, drill and alignment guides even to repair my Microwave.

Its the perfect way to get the creative juices flowing when it’s too late to go out into the workshop. I love the process of seeing my designs come to life and how easy it is to tweak the design with the click of a …

MicroWave Oven Repair

Last night whilst trying to make myself some popcorn the microwave refused to open. I quickly resigned myself to buying a new machine. After googling away and eyeing off 100’s of microwaves, I realised the fault actually seemed mechanical and I might actually be able to fix it myself.

I quickly removed the cover and discovered the problem, a hinged component of the locking/unlocking mechanism had failed.

Now the microwave was probably 10 years old so I knew trying to …

I’m Back!

After a long hiatus, I am back, whilst my woodworking slowed I didn’t really stop. For the last few months, I’ve been tinkering more with steel which has been an interesting change.   Make a mistake and you can fix it, no waiting for glues to cure and sanding etc.

My next project is going to be a hybrid of woodworking and metalworking. See we foster and socialise a number of cats, dealing with kitty litter etc is a pain.  So …

JoesWorkBench now on instagram

Hoping to put more content online via Instagram and keep the blog for more detailed stuff and larger projects.

If you’re an Instagrammer, please give me a follow:

Small Ball & Claw Table


Lets face it 99% of woodworking is just working with straight timber and 90 degree joints. Being able to work with compound curves and even a little carving will open up your woodworking to a whole new level.
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I am jumping into curves by attempting a small table using Ball and Claw style cabriole legs.

Ok let the fun begin, the table is based on an episode of “Rough Cut Woodworking” (Episode 11, Season 1). The timber used is some

Bit and Pieces

Sample Mirror


With a couple of weeks annual leave under my belt I set off to tackle and finish the console table. To aid me in cutting and fitting the drawers I made a new moxon style vice and a bench helper to support the drawers for final fitting.

Sample MirrorSample Mirror

The Bench Helper, provides support for larger pieces and is great when plaining drawers to final fit. It only took a couple of hours to make using some scrap. I have already used

Console Table cont…

Got to spend a little more time tweaking and refining the console table.
The top and bottom shelfs were finished and rough sanded. The final height of the bottom shelf was decided and the legs have all been given a slight taper.

Marking out the taper


For the sake of a little practice I hand planed the tapers instead of cutting them on the bandsaw.

The ends of the legs were marked on the inside faces with a 6mm taper and ran 150mm up