Patterns are included to guide the shaping of the tool.
My preferred arrangement is for the shavings to emerge from the top of the tool (see completed tool). The advantages of this design is that the back of the travisher remains entire giving a comfortable surface on which thumbs/fingers can push/pull; also the back of the blade is supported by the body of the tool over its full length minimising the tendency to chatter.
An alternative arrangement is to allow shavings to emerge from the back of the tool and guidance is given for this in the instructions.
£72.50 plus shipping
The travisher kit contains
Unlike other travisher kits on the market the wood block has already been machined to accept the blade and set-screws. This leaves the maker to shape the block and to adjust the nose (in front of the blade).
- Hard maple block, (CNC) machined to accept the blade.
- Ben Orford blade – hand forged from O1 tool steel (see http://benandloisorford.com).
- Two blade-adjusting set screws, with Allen key, already fitted to the maple body.
- Instructions for making the travisher
Tools recommended for making the kit: bandsaw, drum sander and a rasp.
How to use a travisher
Travishers are most effective when held lightly, with fingers and thumbs directly in front of and behind the blade. This gives the user maximum feedback from the blade, of how it is cutting through the wood, allowing immediate and instinctive adjustments to be made.
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If you are not entirely satisfied with the tool please return it for a full refund, including shipping
No previous experience is necessary to successfully complete a Windsor chair making course and yet experienced woodworkers will still be fully challenged. Individual guidance and assistance will be provided as appropriate, and every effort will be made to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable course.
Written by James Mursell, this book was the first new book about the making and design of Windsor chairs for over 10 years. It was written with a broad readership in mind and is aimed at existing Windsor chair makers and also at those who are contemplating making their first chair.
Ben Orford makes the blades for my travishers.
Watch his short video about this great tool and the uses it can be put to.