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Grant Crawley

Designed in England

Beehive Style Compost Bin Plans

Beehive Style Compost Bin Plans

These beehive style compost bin plans make it easy to build with simple tools and readily available materials. My wife and I hate the look of the big black plastic…

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Ask Grant!

Ask Grant!

To get answers about woodworking, making and crafting, please use this page to ask about any issues you are experiencing. I will do my best to give you an answer…

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Essential woodworking toolkit

Essential woodworking toolkit

One of the most common questions I read and hear about woodworking is “what tools and machinery do I need to get started in woodworking?”. It’s a tough question to…

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Always wanted an MFT?

Always wanted an MFT?

If you’re into woodworking and you like the idea of a track saw (plunge saw with a guide rail), then you must have looked at a Festool MFT. If you’re…

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Knifing cut-lines

Knifing cut-lines

An ancient technique, used by master craftsmen for centuries, the knifed cut-line. Knifing cut-lines provides multiple benefits to the woodworker, they’re accurate, they provide reference points and they help prevent…

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Making a panel gauge

Making a panel gauge

I have several marking gauges, but I never needed anything wider than about 6″. Until I designed and made our under-stairs shoe cabinet, that is. So instead of going out…

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A problem cutting big dovetails, solved

A problem cutting big dovetails, solved

It’s no secret that my workbench is taking a long time to build, this is my 17th year on the project. In my defence I have to say that I…

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Designing a woodworking workbench

Designing a woodworking workbench

In 2003 I came to the conclusion that I really need a proper woodworking workbench. But, I didn’t want to buy a ready-made one. I wanted one that would be…

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Sharpening edge tools

Sharpening edge tools

Sharpening can be one of the most contentious subjects in the woodworking world. There are many methods for sharpening edge tools, that’s planes and chisels, mostly. The right one is…

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Why do you need a shooting board?

Why do you need a shooting board?

A few weeks ago my wife asked me what I would like for my 50th birthday present – yes, I’m now officially a grumpy OLD git. We’re currently in COVID-19…

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