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Egg and ‘Chips’

Eggs. I work with a collection of people who buy them by the tray-load on a weekly basis. What exactly becomes of these ‘hen droppings’ remains a persistent mystery. Can one person really consume 24 eggs within seven days? Only to then repeat the feat a week later?? There must be an impending apocalypse or perhaps word has spread that there’s a golden egg to be found within our region…

They’re an item I rarely buy and, even when I do, a box of half-a-dozen will usually last me at least a fortnight. Beyond the humble scrambled eggs for breakfast, I’d not considered making any other meal with them, before attempting this recipe a few weeks ago now.

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Mitres and Stops

Earlier today, I uploaded a brand-new video to YouTube, which happens to be my first for about a month. I’ll probably go in to that one a little deeper in a separate blog post next week but it bears some relevance to this post where I’m going to be looking at mitres and tackling the seemingly-simple question of how to fit a length stop for repeat or batch cutting of identical lengths.

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Cramps and Pains

With all the glue-ups I’m having to complete with for each of these cutting boards, it’s got me thinking about the sash cramps I own; which ones I like and which ones I actually needs.

In this post, I’ll be running through my ‘collection’ and attempting to construct a plan of action.

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Table Saw Base Rails (PK200)

Earlier this week, I spent a lot of money (£120!) on two lengths of aluminium extrusion for my Elektra Beckum PK200 table saw. They’re sold as a base attachment rails and really are essential for anyone, like me, who only has the basic saw cabinet. Before adding any of the accessories (sliding table, right-hand extension, outfeed table), you must have these two rails fitted. It’s only a shame I didn’t buy these several months ago when they were only £80. I guess the deepening global economic crisis is responsible for the 50% rise in costs but, I only have myself to blame for procrastinating… Once again!

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Workshop Floor – Done!

After fighting with a bad cold for the previous week, I finally got back in the workshop today to finish fitting the floorboards of my latest workshop ‘accessory’.

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Router Table Extraction Mod.

Until recently, my router table regularly looked like this inside, on a regular basis:

If the insides of your table are constantly in a similar state (cutting grooves with a straight cutter being the main cause of all this mess) then, I’d recommend you take a look at Steve Maskery’s latest video, below; in which, Steve reveals his latest workshop tip for more efficient extraction when the waste cannot reach the extraction port in the rear of your fence.

If the video doesn’t load or work correctly for you on this site, please try this link to YouTube. While you’re opening a new tab or window, I’d also recommend a visit to Steve’s Workshop Essentials site, certainly if you haven’t visited before. This tip also features briefly on Steve’s latest DVD [Volume 6: The Ultimate Bandsaw Tenon Jig – also recommended!!]

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