Friday, 3 July 2015

Best of the Woodworking Web - The Wave Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

We stumbled across this video from artist & designer Sebastian ErraZuriz this week and thought it would be the perfect addition to our Best of the Woodworking Web collection.

The Wave Cabinet is a truly mesmerising piece of craftsmanship; each slat of wood pulls the next slot mimicking the motion of a fan. The amount of shapes you can make with the table seems endless.


Wave from Sebastian Errazuriz Studio on Vimeo.

You can find out more about ErraZuriz's work on his website

If you have something you think we should share in our Best of the Woodworking Web series, post the link to us in the comments below.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Woodworking Book Review: Jigs and Fixtures A Taunton’s complete illustrated Guide by Sandor Nagyszalanczy


When you visit a woodworking show or a craft fair, the selection of handmade and ‘one-off’ original products can be really impressive. Regular woodworkers, however, will know that the next best thing to a ‘one-off’ is being able to repeat that extraordinary shape, curve or precision fit. This is where we enter the world of Jigs and Fixtures – to guide tools precisely, predictably and safely, time and again.

This book - from the extensive stable of Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guides - is an indispensable reference to creating some of the most common and basic jigs, as well as more complicated set-ups that will extend your woodworking repertoire considerably. From basic function and design to selecting materials and hardware, the book provides a series of well-illustrated and clearly-written projects that will help you create an extensive collection of useful jigs.

You could start with a simple fence to use with your table saw for cutting a cove, or perhaps a zero tolerance fence for your router table for use on short stock or problematic grain, eliminating chatter or splintering while keeping the entire operation safe and accurate. If you have a router table, why not make a biscuit jointing table, which will enable you use this quick and secure joint form without investing in a separate machine. For the router enthusiast, there are plenty of model templates that can be created to speed up regular tasks such as mortising, as well as opening up new opportunities such as creating simple box joints.

One of my favourite sections offers a range of solutions for dust collection.  This includes planning dust extraction points into the design of your jigs as well as making specific dust management hoods and tables for a range of portable and static machinery.

In conclusion, this book is an excellent addition to the library, and though the purpose of making the jigs is to improve your projects, the process of designing and building intriguing solutions is in itself a fascinating pastime.

Jigs and Fixtures A Taunton’s complete illustrated Guide by Sandor Nagyszalanczy
 ISBN 978-1-63186-084-3

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

What happens in Vegas, can be shared worldwide!


The Triton team recently exhibited at the annual National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, USA. We were presenting the full extended range of products now available to order across the United States from both online retailers and traditional stores

We had a great reception for the extended range, in particular the new cordless products in the T12 and T20 collections.  For the first time we were also able to show the retail execution of the new Triton TWX7 Workcentre with the Router Table Module and Contractor Saw Module in their final release format. We had a great reaction from retailers and end users alike, as well as lots of interest from the press and other exhibitors at the show.

If you would like to know more about the products on show or where to find a retailer, just drop us a line at marketing@tritontools.com

Friday, 17 April 2015

Best of the Woodworking Web - How to Choose Timber for Woodworking

The week's post is from our best of the woodworking web collection.  If you are relatively new to woodworking, visiting a timber yard to buy your wood directly can be an intimidating experience.  However this short film takes some of the mystery out of the process and offers some really useful tips both on terminology and choosing the right kind of wood for your project.



Thanks to Wood & Shop for an excellent film.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Chainsaw Carving, Woodworking with Teeth

Much of the woodwork we see involves delicate measurements, precision cuts, and stable, square-edged, well-seasoned timber, with a degree of predictability about how that will behave. This week’s Master of Wood is Dave Lucas, whose work is from the other end of the spectrum.



Dave (aka Chainsaw Dave) creates extraordinarily detailed carvings in timber with - as his pseudonym suggests - a range of chainsaws. The process is very creative; Dave works by adapting to the vagaries of the timber selected for each specially-commissioned piece of work.  On the day we filmed him, in a very wet corner of Sussex, England, we were surprised to see the speed at which a form can emerge from the timber. He created such delicate details with what is (for many), such an aggressive and intimidating tool.  In this short film Dave explains the process from commission to production, including some interesting techniques for colouring the finish with a blow torch. 




You can see more of Dave’s work, including some terrific time-lapse sequences, on his web pages www.lucascarvings.co.uk and woodlandcentre.co.uk. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else as a Master of Wood, please leave a comment and we could be along to share your work with the world.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Best of the Woodworking Web - The Makers of Things


It's been a while since we served up a slice of woodworking goodness from the web, but today we stumbled across 'The Maker of Things', a short film collection by Anne Hollowday. This video features Norman, a scientist by trade, who feels most at home when surrounded by wood chippings and his extensive chisel collection.


You can see the other videos from the collection here: http://themakersofthings.co.uk/woodworker

Friday, 20 March 2015

Behind the Scenes at Studio Hardie - Meet the Men that Make

As woodworkers we know that the very best complex projects involve bringing together many different skills, materials and processes to produce an elegant, surprising and original piece. If you are doing that on a large scale against tight deadlines and often for a TV audience of millions, you need to gather around you a team of exceptional individuals,  the sum of whose talents regularly surpass what any one individual could achieve.  

This film introduces the team members at Studio Hardie, Triton Brand Champions, and the collective skill base behind the exceptional project builds for the Channel  4 TV series
George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, as well as a host of other public art projects, bespoke commissions, exhibition builds, and custom furniture and design challenges. Their simple philosophy to do unique things, to the highest possible standards, with a passion for carpentry and design is something we share. We will be following the team this year and showing more of their work as well as setting some design-and-make challenges to share with you on the blog.


Check out the Studio Hardie website where you can see more of their bespoke architecture and custom-made design ideas.