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Making Substitutions

Tomorrow, I hope to be buying some pine so that I can finally build myself a proper desk for typing on (I’ve spent the last two weeks as I am now; sat on the floor, with my laptop resting on top of an unpacked box! This cannot go on!!). I’ve also been thinking a lot about timbers I could use for one of the two guitar builds I’d like to get stuck in to some time and, I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the subject, along with the pros and cons of using various woods for certain components.

My main resource so far has been from an excellent book titled Make Your Own Electric Guitar by Melvyn Hiscock.

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Let’s Take a Seat

After another early Friday finish at work, I’ve spent the afternoon lazing around at home, feeling the after effects of an unexpected, hard-hitting cold. My nose may have stopped and my throat is beginning to clear at last but, I’m still feeling quite dizzy in my head and a little weak elsewhere. Almost flu-like symptoms.

I’m also moving home on Monday and heading back to live in mum’s house, which is also very close to my workshop… I’ve already shifted a load of boxes to save a bit of time and, with all the floor space now available (at home, not in the workshop!!), I’ve found my attention drawn towards the arm chair I made at college, two-years ago now…

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French Door Design

I aim to do a little more on the router table, later today. Provided that my new bandsaw blades arrive in time and, of course, that I don’t get talked in to doing some other DIY-type job! 😛 It looks like it might rain today though… 😉 I won’t have much time (if any) to work on it tomorrow but I’m already looking ahead to what will probably be my first project once the new table has been built.

Mum’s been asking again about these French Doors. I tried to patch them up and repaint them a year ago but, they’ve been in such a state for a few years now that I pretty much gave up part way through; deciding that they were, quite literally, beyond repair.

So, it’ll up to me to make some new frames and buy the double glazed units to fit. I don’t like to put too much pressure on myself but, ideally, I will get these finished in time for her birthday in the beginning of July…! 😯

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Coffee Table Concept

In an effort to get back in to the swing of regularly updating this blog, I’d like to share with you a design idea that I came up with over Christmas. I may not have been active in the workshop but, I did keep my pencil and sketchbook busy, in order to try and scratch at that woodworking ‘itch’. Without further ado, here is my coffee table concept:

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Back in a Flush…

As my short-lived love life falls apart and the warmer weather begins to creep in, I find myself drawn back in to the lure of my long-neglected workshop. It’s been so long since I last blogged… Even longer since I last stepped in to my workshop… It smells damp in there and it’s much smaller than I seem to remember. There are still a couple of on-going projects that I need to finish first but, I’m also feeling slightly inspired to get going again, by the mess that accumulates on the window cill of my bathroom:

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We’re Talking ‘Tallboy’

Last Friday, I did take a trip down to Yandles in Martock, Somerset for their annual Autumn Woodworking Show. Not for the first time though, I managed to leave without spending a penny (in both senses!). That’s not to say that they didn’t have a nice selection of timber on offer – there was maple, cedar, American cherry and sycamore, among others. Many of the boards were near-sap-free and the prices didn’t look too bad either. I just hate shuffling around confined spaces with hundreds of other people also trying to do the same.

So, while I couldn’t make a decision on which or what to use on the door panels to complement a bathroom cabinet (I already have the ash) that I was complementing, I’m back at the drawing board (Google SketchUp) with my mind set on an alternative project with which to end this woodworking year…

It’s a tallboy; a narrow, single-width chest of drawers for the storage of clothes.

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Biscuit Jointer Jig

As promised last week, after rounding-off the American lime Wall Shelf project, I’ll now show some more detail on the jig I used to accurately position the shelves and also, how I made it.

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Another Toolbox Addition

Before we go any further, I hope you’re not thinking that I’ve spent several hundreds of pounds [or dollars – not that I actually have either at the moment!] on something shiny and new to add to my tool collection! What it is, is that I’ve come up with another improvement to the toolbox tote that I built some time back.

This new feature (one on either side) allows me to carry a pair of 20in or 22in hand saws (panel saws, if you will; the cheap disposable ones – I’m sure you know! ;-)).

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