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Second Turn

After recently exposing myself to the risk of a bite from the infection woodturning bug; shortly after completing the first repair job, I was contacted again by the same customer, with a request to return to my lathe and produce a second strut for his chair repair. You see, while attempting to fit the replacement, he somehow, inadvertently managed to break another strut!

Screw Thread?

Looking closely at the broken end, you can see what  appears to be a thread cut from a screw… I haven’t seen the rest of the chair wit my own eyes but, as most woodworkers know; screwing directly in to end-grain (following the long grain of the wood) doesn’t offer the strongest of bonds and can lead to the separation of the fibres.

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Turning the Corner

Recently, I blogged briefly about how I’d been approached by someone local to turn a replacement chair ‘strut’ to replace the broken one as shown in this photo. I honestly cannot remember the last time I used my lathe, prior to this small job so, I was a little concerned that I might be out of practice…

In truth though, I approached each stage with great care and it really didn’t take very long at all. I’m not even close to the speed of a professional woodturner and, I’m sure there are some stages to which a more seasoned ‘turner may have approached things in a different manner. I got the job done, it’s a pretty close resemblance to the original and the cusomter is very pleased…

In fact, he’s so pleased, he’s e-mailed me tonight to ask if I can make another to replace the other one that he’s just broken! 😉

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Time to Turn

This is something I briefly touched on towards the end of my last post, where I entertained the idea of selling my woodturning lathe (along with several other machines in my workshop). Recently, I was contacted by a local man who’s repairing a chair and requires a replica of one part (I think it’s a stretcher). We met once before through Freecycle, when he came to collect a box-full of my wood offcuts for firewood. So, he’s briefly seen my workshop (in one of its former, chaotic states!) and had obviously kept me in mind in case I could ever be of assistance.

He dropped the specimen off through my letterbox a few days ago. All I need to do is to create another one just like it. He’ll be refinishing the whole chair so, I don’t have to worry about much else beyond sanding, which is nice! 😉 It looks to me like beech, below the surface so, with plenty of offcuts lying around I don’t need to splash out on any new wood.

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Workshop Day-light!

What a difference a bit of daylight makes  inside the workshop!

Just in case you haven’t figured out what I’m saying ;-), my first order with TLC-Direct arrived yesterday, as promised. It’s great that they can makes such ‘Fragile‘ items available for local delivery. What I found even more gratifying was that my order arrived complete with the two 3ft tubes I was previously informed were temporarily out of stock – I highly recommend this company and the addition of daylight fluorescent tubes to your workshop. Continue reading…

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