Tom Trimmins loves getting people into woodworking. From his workshop in London and online he runs furniture making courses. He also makes project kits for learning woodworking at home. His latest book 'Working with wood' was published in June.
Would you like to do some woodworking at home on your kitchen table? I've got just the thing! This is the first of my new kits for home woodworking projects, which hopefully will give you something nice to work on while you are staying at home. Make something so nice nobody will believe you made it.
The design is based on a box that I originally made to hold a Japanese plane that I'm especially fond of, but the size could lend itself to housing all sorts of precious things. It uses lap joints that are pinned with tiny copper tacks, which some of you will recognise from Shaker boxes.
I've included access to complete video tutorials to take you through the project step by step - like an online woodwork course you can take at your own pace. I filmed the whole thing in my own living room to show you really can complete this project with only a table to work on and a few hand tools. Tools are not included but tool sets are available on my website.
What's in the kit?
- Blanks to make the box, machined just slightly over size and made from high grade douglas fir (smells amazing!)
- Access to full tuition videos to guide you through the whole project step by step
- Components and screws to make your own bench hook, so you have something safe and stable to work on
- 20 solid copper tacks, made the traditional way by beardy John and Eric, plus a couple of spares
- Abrasive papers in three grits:120,180 & 240
- 2mm and 4mm drill bits
Finished box size: 330mm x 122mm x 95mm
Tools required (not included in the kit but available from tomtrimmins.co.uk)
- An 18mm or 24mm wide chisel. This must be very sharp.
- Small saw. ie Japanese Dozuki
- Small square
- A knife. A Stanley knife will do.
- Pin hammer, or you can use a normal sized hammer if you're very gentle.
- Cordless drill, or old-fashioned hand drill if you prefer! A countersink bit (snail type anti-chatter at any size) is nice to have, but not essential.
- Screwdriver. The screws supplied need a Pozidrive size two screwdriver bit
- Clamps, two or four to make life really easy. F clamps or G clamps with 150mm or 200mm capacity are ideal. Sellotape will be useful too.
- Wood glue. My preference is Titebond 3 but pva also works
- Oil for finishing. My preference is Osmo. You'll also want meths or booze for wiping down and a paint brush.
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