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 on: 30 January, 2007, 02:11 
Started by celt - Last post by celt
hi william
          carl here from cork city dont know if you remember me but i bought some timber from you a few months ago , i have started to carve it have about 20 pieces started but none finished particulary like the yew effect hard to carve but finish is beautifull just thought id post you a link to view the starting progress of a few pieces its at also the limewood turns out lovely im actually making mirrors clocks lights lamps picture frames but carved in celtic also i must try different types from you also any hints to which type of wood comes out nicely finished?

 on: 17 January, 2007, 17:12 
Started by Woodmaster - Last post by Woodmaster
For those who are interested, The Mentor is now showing on Discovery Real Time (Channel 250 on Sky).  Wednesdays at 10pm from 10 January 2007. Repeated on Fridays at 6pm and Sundays at 7pm.   

Lisnavagh features in Episode 8 (i.e. end of February 2007)

I understand that this is basically the same programme that went out in October 2005 but with an extra few minutes at the end to bring things up to date a year later.

 on: 21 November, 2006, 22:14 
Started by Momolan - Last post by Momolan
Anyone know somewhere that can  supply irish hardwood paneling? Ash or perhaps cedar but open to others too. I'd need a fair amount of it and soon...and the moon on a stick.
Any help would be much appreciated

 on: 06 November, 2006, 08:52 
Started by swift - Last post by Woodmaster
Very helpful, Boysie.   Thank you.

 on: 05 November, 2006, 22:41 
Started by swift - Last post by boysie39
Hello all ,this is my first effort in any forum so please excuse if I go astray. I am only two years attempting woodwork.In that time buying tools took up alot of my time and money.I have bought tools from many supplierssome more helpful than others.I contacted some suppliers in U.S.but they dont ship to Ireland.The ones that I bought from here are McQUILLENS. VERY helpful , B&Q, ROUTER CENTER. AND P.T.R.S.Power tool repair service Dublin Industrial est.who were very helpful. There are others who just want to make a sale. I would advise that you decide what you want and buy the best model you can afford it,s cheaper in the long haul.Dont end up like me with two and three of everything. Hope this effort has been helpful  the computing only began after the woodwork. Enjoy your result.boysie39 Grin

 on: 26 October, 2006, 16:19 
Started by sraheens - Last post by Woodmaster
"Mahogany" is a phrase used (and frequently misused) to cover timber from a number of different species of timber - many of which are protected species from South America and Africa.   

You should be aware that a significant proportion of the timber from these areas is still felled illegally.  According to :   "Ireland's insatiable appetite for tropical timber is contributing to deforestation of African rainforests...60% of all tropical timber entering Ireland is from illegal-logging activities.."   The World Wildlife Fund has been trying to encourage EU governments to take action to reduce imports of illegally felled trees.   The results (see are shocking enough, but the Irish government, for some inexplicable reason, refused to particpate!  The other 22 countires in the 2006 survey may have had variable results, but at least they bothered to answer 11 fairly simple questions!!

At Lisnavagh, we only sell sustainable & traceable timber from trees grown in Ireland, and so mahogany is very unlikely to see it's way onto our stock lists.   However, it's not impossible that there is a mahogany tree somewhere in Ireland that might end up here sometime!

You can see from our stock lists ( that we sell timber from several species (including oak, of course!), but if none of these suit you and you still want to go for mahogany then you should contact one of the timber importers in Ireland (e.g. Abbey Woods).

Best wishes
William Bunbury

 on: 26 October, 2006, 15:16 
Started by sraheens - Last post by sraheens
Hi I was looking for some mahogany planks
4inches wide
126ft length in total
Are these hard to get and would it be expensive to buy since at the moment oak is all the rage!!!!!
Thanks again for your help

 on: 23 October, 2006, 18:18 
Started by swift - Last post by pooka
I understand "collet capacity" to refer to the diameter of the router bit shank that the router can accomodate, but perhaps this phrase is also used to represent something else? There are three sizes of shank diameter that I am aware of: 1/2", 1/4", and 8mm.  The main advantage of router bits with a larger diameter shank is that larger cutting heads can be used - a smaller diameter (i.e. thinner) shank means a weaker shank, and therefore a bit with a large cutting head and thinner shank may be more likely to snap at the shank. Another advantage is that routers with a 1/2" collet tend to be less prone to vibration (of the cutting head), so not only are they safer but they also tend to produce a cleaner cut too (depends on quality of router though, and power of router).

The general advice is to always use a router bit with a larger diameter shank where you can, for reasons of safety and quality of cut. This assumes a good quality router and good quality router bits - anything less than reasonable quality there and you are risking life and limb by using the router. The disadvantage of larger bits are: usually a router with a 1/2" collet is heavier and can be more difficult to move about (although sometime the weight can give greater stability), the bits and router are more expensive (although a larger cutting surface on a bit may mean that it will last longer so the bit might be better value over its lifetime).

I have a 1/2" router (that also accepts a 1/4" collet) and a 1/4" router. The 1/4" router is easier to manoeuvre because it is lighter, so I often turn to it first. However, the 1/2" router is more stable due to its weight and also has greater horsepower so I tend to rely on it for more demanding tasks.

The 8mm collet sits between the 1/2" and 1/4" collets, size wise, bringing the router close to the benefits of a 1/2" router. Personally, I'd opt for an 8mm collet over a 1/4" collet except that I have already invested money into quote a few 1/4" router bits. Although I haven't seen 8mm router bits in Ireland, they are available from at least one website in the UK. Not all routers can take an 8mm collet however, so that is something else to bear in mind.

 on: 19 October, 2006, 09:15 
Started by geoff_tulip - Last post by coomkeen
I would be interested in some bog oak.
Not sure exactly what sizes, but only small pieces. I can use odd bits, say 1" x 1" x 6".

Can I say that your web site seems to be somewhat broken!
As a woodturner, furniture maker, and sometime boatbuilder, I have my own web server and would be very pleased to fix it, or even move the whole thing to my server and do the maintainence etc., all at cost. Most of that stuff is free, including space on my server for people like us, but moving might cost something depending upon your present provider.
I'm not touting for work  Smiley got enough already!
I already have a smallholders site, my sons boatbuilding site, and my photography site, and about to start my furniture site too.
Just thought that turners and furniture makers and carvers need good advertising, and broken web sites are... well, not good.

All the best,

 on: 09 October, 2006, 22:13 
Started by Woodmaster - Last post by Woodmaster
For those interested, the episode of The Mentor Revisited featuring Lisnavagh will be screened on RTE1 on Thursday 19th October at 10.45pm.

The programme looks at the advice we were given here a year ago and whether or not we followed that advice.   Some of you may have seen the article (2 pages!) in the Sunday Times Home section last Sunday (8th October) which explained some of the background.   You do not need to have seen the programme screened in October last year to understand what this is all about - it's all explained for you in the up-coming programme.

If you don't know about Lisnavagh, then this programme will give you a pretty good insight into what we are up to.   In fact even if you DO know Lisnavagh, it will probably reveal a few things you didn't know!

Best Wishes
William Bunbury

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