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New Project – Any Guesses?

I’m writing this post to ask whether anyone reading this can guess what I might be making?

Stack-laminating American lime – but for what?

It’s a way to use up my collection of American lime (basswood) offcuts (although, that has little relevance). I’m stack-laminating them in such a way because I do not have anything as substantial available as a stock size. I think I’ve added two more layers since taking this photo but the height or depth is not critical.

Obviously, once I’ve finished laminating, I’m going to have to cut it in some way, if you notice all the overhang…

Thank you for reading. I look forward to reading your suggestions! 😉

Coming Together

Just a bit of an update for you on how things are going, as I’m part way between completing the final glue-ups of these boards; making my way in and out of the workshop throughout the course of the weekend in order to remove one board from the clamps and then to insert another.

Crosscutting with a skil saw.

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Fixing the Top

I’ve had a good weekend in the workshop so far, which means that my social life definitely isn’t improving… Actually, I still have two days left (thanks to the Jubilee), it’s pretty safe to say that I’ll have the router table completed very soon indeed.

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Picket Planters (Part 4)

Remember that video series I started on making a pair of Picket Planters? Yeah, that was some time ago, back in the summer, now… After Part 3, I just sort of trailed off, couldn’t find the time to sit down and edit the outstanding [quantity, not quality!!] video clips on my computer. So, it’s been a very long while but, I am relieved to reveal that the fourth instalment in this series is now available for your viewing pleasure:

In this episode, I assemble both of the end frames, in preparation for a larger glue-up, next time.

Actually, it went live last night so, I apologise for the delay in bringing this information to your attention, if you weren’t already aware. There’s plenty of footage available for Part 5 and, as much as I’m hoping I’ll be able to wrap this series up with that, I can almost clearly see a sixth part to this on-going tale just over the horizon!

If the video isn’t working for you hear, please try clicking this link, which will take you directly to the page on YouTube.

Thank you for watching.

Cheaper Cable Clamps

About seven-months ago, I reported on a new purchase I had made at Rutlands with a new range of “accessories” I hadn’t come across before (see Cable Clamps). Even to this day, I maintain that the smaller sizes are excellent for use with power tools; keeping both the power leads and extraction hoses at bay and contained within the same line. You may recall that I found the largest size wasn’t quite large enough to keep my 100mm hose safely out of the way of my thicknesser’s outfeed and also; the general opinion from some readers was that even the smaller sizes were quite expensive. Well, on a recent browse through my Toolstation catalogue, I came across another solution that’s even less likely to harm your wallet…

Hook & Loop Cable Ties from Toolstation

In case you can’t quite read the fine print below the above image; these are hook and loop cable ties. Available in one of three different lengths; black or white; sold in packs of ten, with a velcro fastening.

I made the mistake initially of buying the smallest size in the range… These were just about long enough to wrap around the hose on its own but, this did mean that I was unable to actually latch the ties on to something else to suspend them clear of the thicknessing bed. On my second trip to my local store though, I got it right, played safe and went for the 450mm lengths, which have proved to be more than adequate.

Unlike the traditional plastic cable tie, these velcro ones are designed to be used again – although, it does remain to be seen how long their ‘grip‘ will last under within the sustained, murky atmosphere of a small garage/workshop (I don’t own an air filter and have been cutting a lot of MDF lately – but, so far, so good!).

I hope you’ve found this interesting. Perhaps they’ll even solve a hose-holding problem within your own workshop?

Thanks for reading.

Revisiting an Old Box (Part 2)

In part one, you saw how the box was constructed and the ‘minor‘ flaw, which effected the outcome on a larger scale. Now, I’d like to take a look at creating the veneered panels, assembling the box and finishing.

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Side Table Update

Since the last update on the side table I’m building, I’ve got to the position now where the frame is all glued up and I’m now well in to working on the quartered walnut-veneered top. While I’ve kept my progress posts updated regularly on a couple of UK woodworking forums, I do apologise for not keeping you guys better informed here, on my blog – it’s just that, I’ve learnt so much from the forums over the years that I feel like I almost ‘owe’ them something in return… Sorting through my images and typing all that text can take a good hour, after which, there aren’t always enough hours in the day to start blogging (it is World Cup season, after all!! 😀 …No, as an Englishman, I probably shouldn’t be smiling, at this point!).

The first dry-assembly.

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Cramps On!

All glued up!

Before lunchtime yesterday, I successfully managed to assemble my bookshelf for the very last time and left it for several hours in the cramps. I don’t think I should ‘have‘ to those extra clamps in the middle, pulling the shoulders of the shelves in tightly… Perhaps those dovetail housings could have been a little bit tighter after all?

Read on…

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