Sharpening Tools

If you want to succeed in performing a good job with your tools then they need to be sharp. With a little effort and a good sharpening system then you too will have the right gear to get the job done. 

Sharpening is a religion and a sequence of processes that ends with a super sharp edge.

The sharpening tools here will help you achieve that

Festool domino joiner machine

If you are in the market for a solution to make tenon joints fast then you should consider The Festool Domino. 

The Festool Domino Doweller DF700EQ is a good choice if you make large tenon joints. This loose tenon jointer is a worthy addition to any workshop. Click on an Amazon link to but this super machine.

If you need a smaller mortice machine then the Festool Domino DF500 is for you. 

What makes these machines special is their ability to make a flat sided mortice quickly. The Festool domino also has a unique pin alignment system which makes the job of making multiple mortises very quick.

There is a good selection of accessories available for use with Domino Dowel system.

The Support Bracket is a good start

This simple but useful addition helps you make even straighter mortises. When working on narrow material or close to verge of the workpiece.

You could also benefit from a Cross Stop

As the name applies the cross stop helps stop the machine in the correct position for repeatable mortises.

Trim Stops

If you are like me and regularly make mortises in the end of spindles or other workplaces such as handrails but the Handrail Fence could be a better choice. This accessory does have more uses but I’ll allow you to use your imagination.

Hand Planes

As a puretest living the rural life in France I love to pick up a tool destined for the hand. I do use machines like many a woodworker in Europe or the United States. But I cannot help myself when I see the lure of a good hand tool. I have to admit my favourite tipple is my old Stanley Bailey N0 7 with it’s pimped plane irons and handcrafted handles.

Carpenter and Engineering Squares

The trustee woodworkers Square for a long time has been the staple diet of any artisan. For a newbie that has just discovered Woodworking, the choice can be overwhelming. The fact of the matter is that you probably need a simple combination Square.  There are so many different types of square available some are good and some mediocre. 

Here are some woodworking squares and their purpose

  1. The combination Square
  2. Framing Square
  3. Tri Square
  4. Roofing Square

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By Marcus Kett, Woodworking since 1989

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Malcolm the Boat ‘RIP’

Woodworking for me is in my blood as a son of a traditional boatbuilder. My Father Malcolm Kett was highly skilled and inventive individual often referred to as ‘Malcolm The Boat’.

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Marcus Kett and my Mortar!

Although I have spent a considerable portion of my life seeking further education and gaining qualifications in woodworking, electrical installations, bricklaying and to top it a degree in photography.

Yes, it is a medley of possible career choices but the one that I felt truly at home with was Woodworking. Woodworking has been my staple career choice that has given my family stability.

Why do I write these guides?

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Well that’s Me

We started to write these guides to help our customers. The idea was to provide the information needed to install our made to measure wooden products that we sell on this website and directly to our local customers.

We soon received feedback from people abroad and interested readers not local to us. I like to help people and I am excited that fellow woodworkers or keen DIYers found guidance in my articles. I intend to carry on writing and producing youtube videos for the purpose of providing useful content. Please share our blog with your friends and anyone that could find interest in the magic of working with wood.


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About Wallybois

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Wally is the middle one

We have lived and worked here in the Limousin Nouvelle Aquitaine since 2010, building window shutters and external doors. Our Volet manufacturing business is based at our home property as a ‘Cottage Industry’. We are a small business operating partly (60%) off the grid and try our best to practice our woodworking ethically.

How did we come up with the trading name ‘Wallybois’? Well, it is simple really, my best buddy ‘Wally’ and the fact that ‘Bois’ is French for wood and we live in France.

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By Marcus Kett, Woodworking since 1989

Based in the Nouvelle Aquitaine of France