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Picture Frame and Mitres

My next video on YouTube should document the making of a small picture frame made from a minute quantity of English walnut. Today, I’m going to share with you a bit about making the mitres on each of the four corners, as I took an opportunity to try and saw blade I’d not tested before and I’d like to share some of my thoughts on that.

Mitre Cutting Time!

I also decided to make a mitre-cutting jig for my mitre saw and there will be a shorter video showing how I made that, to be uploaded within days of the picture frame project going live.

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Pluggin’ Those Holes

A few months ago, during one of their all-too-frequent sales, I ordered a pocket hole plug cutter from Rutlands. This was in the time before I purchased my pocket screw jig but, as it was on special offer and I knew I’d be wanting one eventually, I decided to take the plunge. At the time though, they were out of stock and unable to clarify when it would be available again… They were talking months, not weeks!

A few months went by and, only a few weeks ago, I placed another order with them for this same item, as it was now shown live on their website as ‘in stock’ and available to buy. Thankfully, the plug cutter arrived next-working day and, although I haven’t done an awful lot with it since, I have at least been able to tinker with it enough to be able to share some of my initial impressions and opinions of its performance with you, here.

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Axminster Aluminium Insert Plate

After recently installing this aluminium plate in to my newly-built router table, I’m now able to look back and review it; analysing its features and my impression of this product at this early stage.

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New (Old) Power Tool!

After splashing out (!) on a few basic hand tools last week, I returned to the market for used goods in search of something with a plug on the end of it… I’ve probably moaned before about the fact that I don’t have any cash to spare for woodworking and tool purchases, these days. Perhaps then, I should also explain that I made a bit of money on eBay over the weekend, as I said goodbye to a stash of Nintendo computer games (‘video games‘, if you prefer…) and all those childhood memories of the many hours spent sat in front of a TV screen. Don’t worry though, I’m not spending it all in one go…

It’s been a few years (three, to my counting) since I’ve owned portable circular saw (skil saw) like this.

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How Cyclones Work

I’m sure I briefly mentioned the emergence of a small company in the UK called Cyclone Central, who produce flat-packed CNC-machined cyclone kits that you can assemble yourself and fit directly in to your dust extraction system. If ever you’ve wondered how these kits go together or, exactly how a cyclone dust collection system works then, with the aid of one of their first customers, there’s now a video on YouTube that will tell you all you need to know, without going too far in to the science of it all:

I have no affiliation with either party here; I just thought the video would be of interest to other woodworkers. There are some web pages and other videos that delve in to great detail on the subject of dust extraction, which tends to almost over complicate things and can make it all difficult to follow.

Delivery within the UK and EU is a standard service. If you live outside of these boarders then, it may still be worth contacting them directly, as these kits are flat-packed, after all.

Thanks for reading.

Triton DCA300 Dust Bucket

Even when I’m trying to get on with my work, it seems the courier guys are hell-bent on delivering something that will disrupt my working day… I’ve just taken delivery of a Triton DCA300 Dust Collection Bucket; something I’ve been talking about buying for months:

I managed to get it for less than Β£24 delivered – it was listed as a Used item at Amazon.co.uk but, in “As New” condition, which simply meant that it didn’t arrive in the original packaging. I have double-checked though and everything is complete and in tact. Having signed up for a thirty-day trial of their new Prime service as well, the item arrived next-day at no extra cost. 😎

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Metabo’s maX 12 Cordless Combo Kit

If you’re interested to know more about the new maX 12 10.8v Powermaxx drills from Metabo, which I used recently to install the suspended floor in my workshop then, you’ll want to head on over to the Toolstop Blog, where my Guest blog-post appeared earlier today:

Hands-on With the Metabo maX 12 Cordless Combo Kit PowerMaxx.

A huge thanks to Mark and Neil for arranging this.

Enjoy. πŸ™‚

Veritas Small Blade Holder

As mentioned briefly in my previous post, I recently purchased Veritas’ Small Blade Holder from Rutlands, which is designed to solve the common problem applying the right amount of pressure to a small blade or iron when sharpening or honing. I don’t know about you but, I’ve always struggled to get a good edge on spokeshave blades unless they’re crudely fitted in to a slot cut in to the end of a length of 2x2in, for example. So, I was waiting eagerly for this product to arrive; to see if it would solve all those other issues. Veritas are renown for producing top-quality goods with a hint of innovation and it’s claimed that these holders will fit in to a honing guide for repeat angles and accuracy…

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