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2013 – Stats in Review

So, with 2013 about to close, I could sit here and write something far more constructive as an end to another year. I’ve spent the entire day reflecting on everything I’ve gained and learned (along with the few things I’ve lost) and, if I was to begin to write it out now, well, I wouldn’t be hitting that ‘Publish’ button before midnight, that’s for sure! So, instead, I’ve decided to share with you the stats that WordPress provide at this time every annum.

Happy New Year to you all!!!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 41,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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A Brief Note…

This is just a brief note to state my intention to tidy the main pages of this blog up a little bit. I’m well aware that I have a LOOONG list of links to other sites down the right-hand column and my first improvement will be to rehouse all of these on to a brand-new page of their own (naturally, I’m sure it will be titled ‘Links’). I could sort through and try to filter out the ones I no longer wish to share but, in all honesty, it would be a lot of work because there’s no-one listed there who is at all worthy of being ‘cut’.

[Image courtesy of warwick.ac.uk]

I also welcome any further suggestions you may have, as a reader.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend. 🙂

‘Like’ This Blog on Facebook!

Hi all,

This is just a brief one to update you that I’ve started an Olly’s Workshop Blog page over on Facebook.

There’s still work to be done (mostly, photos to be added and updated) but, if those of you who use the social networking site would care to click the ‘Like’ button then, I’d greatly appreciate it. 🙂

I’ve also started a page for my website (OPJ Furniture) but, that’s literally all I’ve done; started it! 😛

I’m a bit dubious about inviting all my ‘real’ friends to ‘Like’ this at the moment but I welcome any comments, suggestions and feedback that those of you who know about wood may have. 😉

(As soon as I figure out how to do it, I’ll add a banner or button to this site for it as well – I think it just means enabling a Widget…)

Thank you all!

Win Free Tools (Not an April Fools’ Joke!)

As you may well know, I’m on Twitter but, I seldom use it for anything much more than ‘promoting’ and directing traffic to this blog. I’ve always found it hard to be able to log in and catch up with whatever’s going on there – there’s always so much I’ve already missed. But, occasionally, I catch wind of something good. Earlier this week, I received a direct message from @ToolsPowerTools; a retailer based in Pembrokeshire, UK. It’s great to see tools shops embracing modern technology and social networking like this. They’re message was to inform me of a genuine opportunity for people to win free tools…

Click here for more information.

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2011 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 40,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Again, I’d like to thank everyone who has read, subscribed, followed and commented on these pages throughout 2011. 2012 is finally here and, I wish each of you the very best in the months that lie ahead!

Olly.

Picket Planters (Part 3)

As I’m sure you’ve guessed simply from reading the title of this post, the third instalment of the Picket Planters series is now live on YouTube. Now, it’s time to get busy doing some “more interesting” work on this project. You get to see the jigs I made to do the round-topping and how the Supertuff blades from Tuff Saws perform.

In retrospect, I do wish I’d filmed a longer scene for each of the two round-topping sections (that’s the pickets and also the posts). I can see now how it might appear to be quite ‘short-lived’, with only one cut recorded for each operation. It comes across as very brief, in contrast to the rest of the video, I think. Especially when I wanted this to be the main focal point of this episode… 🙄

We live and learn and learn is always the latter! Winking smile

Part 4, once it’s ready, will show you how I came to assemble these planters – and, with the larger one of the two in particular, it wasn’t easy with the low roof I fitted earlier this year!

Thanks for watching!

Cutting Board Conclusion (Video No.3)

It’s been about a week since I filmed but, the final episode in my three-part cutting board series is finally online and ready for viewing:

I’ve taken on board some advice from Stu recently, with regards to the transitions between scenes, if nothing more at the moment. As I’ve said before; it’s all a big experiment for me. I am very aware that you can barely hear my voice towards the end of the video and, again referring to Stu’s comments, I’ll probably look at tinkering with voice-overs in future (at least, until I can a decent video camera with an input jack for a microphone – though, I’m sure the purchase of a 16-32 drum sander would push that one even further back down the list!!).

I hope you enjoy this final instalment and, if you’ve learned something new along the way then, I’m happy as well! 🙂 I am hoping to capture a couple of other short projects in video form throughout the summer [summer?!?] so, I hope you’ll also subscribe and keep checking back here for future updates.

Sorry that the gap between each post appears to be growing at the moment. I’m working a lot at the moment just to keep my head above the water and, where I haven’t got as much time as I’d like to be able to spend in my own workshop, I’ve discovered that the art of basic video editing can easily consume a lot of spare ‘workshop-time’!

Thanks for reading and for watching.

Cutting Boards Video (Part 2)

Video no.2 in this three-part series on making end-grain cutting boards is now available to view both here and over on YouTube.

As before, I welcome all comments and opinions. If you’d rather e-mail in private, instead of posting publicly either here on this blog or on the other site then, I’m happy for you to do that (just follow the link in the right-hand column).

Part 3 isn’t too far away and, who knows, you may even hear my voice! 😀

(…Just about!!)

Thanks for watching. Hope you’re enjoying this. More to  come!

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