Inside my Timber Store/"Bedroom" - I won't be watching TV for a while!!
With the cold and damp air starting to creep in through my shoes, I seem to be spending minimal time in the workshop at the moment [Whimp!]. This might be a good time to get a part-time job, at least until the sun returns from its annual ‘hibernation’…
Preparation is what it’s all about the minute. I’m almost ready to start putting some of my exhibition ideas in to working progress… Even if I end up oiling and waxing on the kitchen dining table, in the not-so-cold (I wouldn’t call it warm, indoors, either! :?).
Research tells me this is the calling card of the common furniture beetle.
If you’ve taken a glimpse of my dining table thread at UKW then you will have seen the big stack of beech I previously roughed out for the leaves of the top (nineteen lengths, and all!!). Today, after a big bowl of Weetabix, I bundled the whole lot indoors, away from the excessive damp. Upon doing so, I noticed a fresh bore hole that wasn’t there a few days ago! Who knows what could be lying below the surface… I’ll try to get some kind of treatment on there soon, before it is too late.
Although it looks shallow enough to plane out later, I've taken precautionary measures with this sign of decay in English cherry.
One-year ago, I started building and dovetailing a fairly straight-forward bookshelf in English cherry. This person job was initially side-tracked by last year’s cold snap. For reasons I’ll go in to in a future post, I decided some time ago that I wanted to replace one of the sides I’d already machined. So, this week, I set about roughing out some replacement boards and came across a soft patch of what is quite possibly rot… Sadly, I don’t have sufficient stock of cherry to replace this one. It’ll have to go on the inside face of the unit.
Over the weekend, I ticked off one entry from my newly compiled To-Do List. Thanks in part to Matthew of Workshop Heaven, who first suggested the idea to me, my Clarke pillar drill is now set at a very comfortable working height. I also ripped the door off the front – although they make any unit look tidy, they only cause a nuisance within a small workshop.
At the moment, I’m building a couple of plywood cabinets for the workshop (one more from the ‘tuit’ list). I’ll update you on that in my next post. For now though, I’m at college for the next two-days – will I make a decision on timber selection this week???
Sawing my pillar drill's base cabinet down to size.
With the top pulley now at eye-level, I find this very comfortable.
See you at the weekend!