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Now been a carpenter & joiner for the past twenty years in the UK. I can give avice / help on carpentry & joinery, health & safety, woodworking machinery, power tools and suppliers.

Experience in the area

I have served an indentured carpentry apprenticeship with a medium sized building contractor doing a wide range of domestic and commercial work. This has included office buildings, barn conversions, building extensions and renovations. During my career, I spent over three years as a wood trades technician at a college. My job involved joinery work, wood maching and helping CITB carpentry & joinery students` pratical projects. Spent three years as a accredited NVQ assessor covering site carpentry and bench joinery. Now I teach my skills to others.


Institute of carpenters


I have city and guild qualifications in site carpentry and purpose made joinery. An indentured apprenticeship Hold the equivalent of a master craftsman status.

What do you like about this subject?

Timber, the beauty and that no two trees are the same so the figuring can be inspiring.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Though I know a good range there is always something to discover and enjoy sharing good practice and tips with and from my peers.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Mmm, if you slab saw a tree trunk (through and through) a third will be quarter sawn and two third will be tangential sawn.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

In carpentry too much is relied on with no nails adhesive and it is often missuse.... I have seen a carpenter use grip fill to pack out a lining.

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Recent Answers from Stuart Mawle

2016-06-06 Small nails & power tool:

Hi Jen    I don't think you are going to find a power tool to help you with your situation. You can get a smaller diameter drill bit than your nails but there is likely risk for breaking even using it

2015-06-15 table saw inserts:

Hi Robert,     Sorry not to reply sooner but just received the notification email today. Basically when I had a woodworking machines like your table saw we would use a hardwood timber insert. I would make

2015-05-04 Torque Application:

Hi Robert     I don't think I have ever seen a manufacturer quote torque settings for bolts holding saw blades on. To be honest, what you will find is that the bolts are left hand thread, opposite to the

2015-03-25 Mortise and tenon jointing on sofa frame:

Hi Stephen     From the pictures you can see that it a good build. I share your view on the gaps between the horizontal and vertical components though I can't really tell how big they are. Ideally gaps

2015-03-22 wooden ladder:

Hi Andrew    The short answer is yes but it won't fix the problem. What will happen is that it will swell then as soon as it's back inside the joints will dry out again. The constant wetting and drying


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