Why I use Festool dust extracters

Using Festool dust extraction systems offers numerous advantages, making it a wise choice for woodworking and construction professionals, as well as DIY enthusiasts. The main reason i use them is for health benefits but also invaluable in clients home as it keep dust to a minimum.

  1. Health and Safety: One of the most critical reasons to use dust extraction is to protect your health and safety. Wood dust, concrete dust, and other particulate matter generated during cutting, sanding, or drilling can pose significant health risks. Festool dust extractors efficiently capture and contain these particles, preventing them from becoming airborne and reducing the risk of respiratory issues, allergies, and other health problems.
  2. Compliance with Regulations: Many regions have strict regulations governing dust control and workplace safety. Using Festool dust extraction helps you comply with these regulations, ensuring that your workspace is safe and environmentally responsible.
  3. Improved Air Quality: Festool dust extractors are designed to filter out even the finest dust particles. This results in improved air quality in your workspace, creating a more comfortable and healthy environment for you and those around you.
  4. Cleaner Work Area: Dust extraction systems keep your work area clean and tidy. This is not only more aesthetically pleasing but also practical. A clean workspace allows you to work more efficiently and reduces the time spent on cleanup after a project.
  5. Extended Tool Life: Dust and debris can significantly impact the lifespan of your tools. Festool dust extractors help protect your tools from dust buildup, reducing wear and tear and extending their longevity. This can ultimately save you money on tool replacement and maintenance.
  6. Enhanced Productivity: Dust extraction minimizes the time and effort required for cleanup, allowing you to focus more on your actual work. This increased productivity can lead to faster project completion and potentially more projects undertaken.
  7. Versatility: Festool offers a range of dust extractors and accessories that are compatible with various power tools. This versatility means you can use a single dust extraction system for multiple tools, saving you money and space.
  8. Quiet Operation: Festool dust extractors are known for their quiet operation. This is particularly valuable if you work in noise-sensitive environments or simply prefer a quieter workspace.
  9. Mobility and Portability: Many Festool dust extractors are compact and come with wheels, making them easy to move around your workspace or transport to job sites. This mobility adds to their convenience and usability.
  10. Integration with Festool Tools: Festool is known for its seamless integration of tools and accessories. Festool dust extraction systems are designed to work harmoniously with Festool tools, ensuring optimal performance and compatibility.

In summary, using Festool dust extraction systems is essential for maintaining a safe and healthy workspace, complying with regulations, and prolonging the life of your tools. It also contributes to improved productivity, cleanliness, and efficiency in your woodworking or construction projects, making it a valuable investment for both professionals and DIY enthusiasts.

Exploring the Excellence of Blum Movento Drawer Runners


When it comes to creating functional and visually appealing kitchen and furniture designs, every detail counts. One often overlooked yet crucial element in these designs is the drawer runner system. Blum Movento drawer runners are among the finest options available in the market, and they have earned a stellar reputation for their quality, innovation, and durability. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at what makes Blum Movento drawer runners exceptional and why they are a popular choice among designers and homeowners alike.

The Essence of Blum Movento

Blum, a renowned Austrian manufacturer of high-quality furniture fittings, has been setting industry standards for decades. Blum Movento drawer runners are no exception. They are engineered to deliver exceptional performance and functionality, making them a preferred choice for both kitchen and furniture applications.

  1. Smooth and Silent Operation

One of the standout features of Blum Movento drawer runners is their smooth and silent operation. Thanks to Blum’s innovative design and engineering, these runners glide effortlessly, ensuring that your drawers open and close quietly and with minimal effort. This is particularly valuable in spaces where peace and tranquility are appreciated, such as in a bedroom or a living room.

  1. Impressive Weight Capacity

Blum Movento drawer runners are known for their impressive weight capacity. They can support heavy loads, making them suitable for storing a wide range of items, from dishes and pots in the kitchen to clothing and bedding in wardrobes. This robustness ensures the longevity of your furniture, as the drawer runners can withstand years of use without losing their smooth functionality.

  1. Soft-Close Mechanism

No one enjoys the sound of slamming drawers. Blum Movento drawer runners come equipped with a soft-close mechanism, which gently pulls the drawer closed in the final inches. This feature not only enhances the user experience but also extends the life of the furniture by reducing wear and tear.

  1. Tool-Free Assembly

Blum’s commitment to user-friendly design extends to the installation process. Movento drawer runners are designed for easy, tool-free assembly. This means that whether you’re a professional cabinet maker or a DIY enthusiast, you can install these drawer runners quickly and hassle-free.

  1. Adaptability and Customization

Blum Movento drawer runners are available in various lengths and configurations, making them adaptable to a wide range of cabinet and furniture designs. Whether you need full-extension runners for deep drawers or under-mount options for a sleek, minimalist look, Blum has you covered. This adaptability allows designers and homeowners to create truly customized spaces.


Blum Movento drawer runners are more than just a functional component of your furniture – they are a testament to quality, innovation, and precision engineering. Their smooth and silent operation, impressive weight capacity, soft-close mechanism, tool-free assembly, and adaptability make them a top choice for both professionals and homeowners looking to elevate their interior designs.

Investing in Blum Movento drawer runners is not just about enhancing the functionality of your furniture; it’s about investing in the longevity and aesthetic appeal of your space. When you choose Blum Movento, you’re choosing excellence that will stand the test of time.

See https://www.blum.com/gb/en/products/runnersystems/movento/overview/ for more information

Lamello Visit

I have been using the excellent Lamello P2 Zeta for a few years and I was lucky enough to get a visit from Catherine Earle of CSJ PR Marketing Ltd. Here I was able to demonstrate how I use the machine and how it has benefited my production techniques. The transcript of this meeting is below along with some photos. Photo Credit: Catherine Earle

Follow this link for the whole magazine and article https://issuu.com/gearingmediagroupltd/docs/f_jp339_pages2

Media Units

I design and build many media units for my clients. I really enjoy designing and making them. It is always about maximising the space available and normally they are split into 3 sections, left middle and right. The middle section is normally wider than the left and right section, but this will always depend on space and proportions. Lighting is always a nice edition and I use LED lights which are hidden nicely but create a warm glow to the open section. I think the classic media unit has shaker doors below, a oak worktop and open section above with either fixed or adjustable shelves. For adjustable shelves I use Sugatsune Shelf mounts. This is well engineered and is solid for the storage of books for example.

Media Unit wall
Media unit for a dining room

Glueing up

Spent most of Friday preparing and then glueing up this frame. It is made from European oak and is jointed with the Festool Domino systems. It is a display cabinet in a Sussex Museum. I will be fitting LED lighting on it tomorrow and the adding the glass shelves once it arrives

European oak shelving
Shelving unit made from European oak for a museum in Sussex