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Hand-Picked Box

I made reference to this project a couple of weeks ago in another post. It’s a small gift I made for someone I consider to be a very close friend, even though we’ve only known each other a matter of months. I’ve kept it a secret until now just in case she happened to stumble upon these pages but, there’s no longer any danger of that. She’s delighted with the small plectrum (guitar pick) box that I made for her and I’ll show you how I made it (well, two of them, in fact!).

This is a near-direct copy of something I saw in one of Steve Ramsey’s videos over at Woodworking for Mere Mortals. This video appeared a matter of weeks before I met the young lady in question and, when I realised how much she loved guitars, I knew that I wanted to make a box like this for her… I just needed an occasion! 🙂

If you’ve seen Steve’s video then you’ll notice that I approached things a little differently. For a start, I don’t have a scroll saw but I’m also incredibly safety concious after slicing my thumb open on a stationary planer knife two years ago.

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How Do You Hang Yours?

It’s quite shocking to think that I’ve been living on my own for almost five-months now and yet, I’m still using the window sill of my “bijou” bathroom as a convenient means of keeping a roll of toilet within arm’s reach! 😳 It doesn’t look tidy and that’s something which generally bothers me. I’ve been looking around at the prices of various steel or chrome-finished products (to fit in with the other bathroom fittings and furniture), ready to buy off the shelf and they were either surprisingly dear or, at the other end, the cheap ones just looked nasty and tacky.

So, armed with a spare length of 1in thick English beech (about 4in wide; I think this was a spare length that I didn’t use on my workbench drawer fronts), this has become yet another small project where I could make something useful out of, well, almost nothing (…scrap wood!).

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A Timely Reminder

After a couple of weeks with temperatures near the milder regions, the mercury seems to have dropped right back down again, tonight, with some light snow showers apparently forecast for the weekend… All these ups-and-downs can wreak havoc on any unprotected steel or cast iron in your workshop, particularly when the temperature rises after a cold spell and condensation begins to form. As you may recall, I had some trouble with exactly that a year ago, after putting some effort in to insulating the up-and-over garage door and sealing the surrounding gaps to reduce draughts.

Well, I’ve been a little bit fortunate this year… It wasn’t the condensation that hit my bobbin sander hard, it was the 2in hole in the roof!! 😡

It’s my own fault for not tidying up properly and putting things back in their place when I was previously in the workshop about a week ago. This wasn’t a very pleasing site to discover earlier today, let me tell you! There it was, just to the left as you walk in through the main door.

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Shaping Up Quite Nicely

Despite the fact that I’ve again left you in the dark for the past month where progress on my chair is concerned [sorry!], my working pace feels like it has made a sharp shift in to second gear and things as things are really starting to move along now.

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