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Garden Bench

This is a garden bench for my garden in Argyll, Scotland. It is inspired by a visit the the wonderful Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg, California. They have many benches of this type...

Highland Hideaway Part 2

In a previous post I have described the conversion of a damp and cold garage in the Scottish Highlands into a bright, warm workshop. I have now completed the workshop and I am enjoying being able to...

A Highland Hideaway

Here is my workshop in the highlands of Scotland. Being on the west coast of Scotland we get lots of rain and storms coming in from the Atlantic. In the winter it is cold and damp and tools and...

Recent comments

Re: Garden Bench

Here is a link to a sketchup drawing that closely approximates the final version of the bench.

If you do build this chair I would like to see a photo of it.

Re: Garden Bench

Thank you for the interest in the bench. I do have a sketchup drawing which I will happily let you have once i track it down. I think I must have left it on a computer that i do not have access to at present. I will try to track it down when I get back to that computer.

In the meantime you might like to have a look at the little video that I put together about hos it was assembled.

It can be accessed at

Re: UPDATE: Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell

This looks like a useful book.

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodstrip Canoe Building from Bear Mountain Boats

The article on Nick inspired me to buy the book. The DVD would be a nice addition.

Re: We're Giving Away Grooving Planes!

What! You want me to give these planes away!

Re: Checking a Plane Angle - in SketchUp?

Your article got be going back to my schoolboy trigonometry. If I have done the calculation correctly the sine of the new cutting angle is product of the sine of the cutting angle at normal incidence times the cosine of the skew angle.

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