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Picture Frame Video

This video was uploaded very late on Saturday night. It might even have been close to midnight, as I remember waking up on the end of my bed (I must have fallen asleep prematurely) at 1.15am, to discover that I’d already received 3 likes and my first comment on YouTube! I’ve taken a lot of positives from this one since, as I’m almost now up to 20 Likes for this one video, while still under 200 views in total.

As I say in the beginning; it was my first attempt at a narration and clearly, it works very well. I was actually hoping that I could’ve cut the footage down to around 8 minutes for this but I’m satisfied with 11.30 and, according to the statistics and comments; so are the majority of the viewers so far.

Tomorrow night, I’m hoping to upload the jig-making add-on to this, where I show you how I made the jig for my mitre saw. Then, over the weekend, I’m aiming to have another small project for you to view.

Enjoy and thank you!

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Tee-Halving Joint

At work today, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I haven’t done a video for over one month now; how much I want to make the most of what time I have left in my workshop; how I need to crack on and finish the mobile base I started for my table saw, weeks ago… All whilst banging nail after nail in to small sheets of wavy birch plywood!

So, I was home by 17.00 and, after briefly stopping in the bathroom, I grabbed my camera and headed straight out to the workshop! Evenings have been almost mild this week (even though forecasters are now forewarning the threat of snow to follow this weekend – just when we were opening our arms to welcome the spring!). In two hours, I managed to get the following filmed and also, I made some good progress on the mobile base, which I’ll share with you another time.

This is something that I originally intended to film and publish about a month ago during Get Woodworking Week… I also have a ‘Valentine’s Gift’ idea that I’d like to film at some point but, it looks like I’m going to sail straight past Mother’s Day with that one as well! This video’s all about cutting a tee-halving joint, which is a traditional form of lap-joint, between two pieces at 90°.

I hope you enjoy the video. I’m incredibly nervous and fast-talking infront of the camera but I welcome all and any comments people may have. It takes a good hour for me to upload a video of this length and I do now try to keep them brief… That also means compromising a little on the finished quality but then, I’m only using Windows Movie Maker, which is a free program.

If I was to use something paid-for (like Camtasia), would I able to experience faster upload speeds?

Ideally, I’d like to have one short video to upload once each week. In fact, from the video I’m sharing with you this evening, I could easily have cut a section from the end and published that under its own heading.

Thanks both for reading and for watching!

Garage Door Ventilation

I’ve just sat down to write this, having spent an hour out in the workshop this evening – after work and in temperatures that are barely anywhere above freezing!

Marking for the cut-out.

You see, I was watching another YouTube video from the Ultimate Handyman last week where he shows you how to fit simple, cheap louvre vents to an up-and-over garage door. My workshop’s always been in need of further ventilation since I draft-proofed the door and there is an ominous smell of ‘damp’ each time I’m out there. I don’t currently own a diamond core bit to drill the walls and I liked that you can fit these higher up the door which, in my mind, means you’re less likely to get frozen toes… I could be wrong!

Either  way, it might help to pass some fresh air up in to the roof space for the time being and I decided to just get this done and to have a go and hopefully get back out there to do some proper woodwork very soon.

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Pluggin’ Those Holes

A few months ago, during one of their all-too-frequent sales, I ordered a pocket hole plug cutter from Rutlands. This was in the time before I purchased my pocket screw jig but, as it was on special offer and I knew I’d be wanting one eventually, I decided to take the plunge. At the time though, they were out of stock and unable to clarify when it would be available again… They were talking months, not weeks!

A few months went by and, only a few weeks ago, I placed another order with them for this same item, as it was now shown live on their website as ‘in stock’ and available to buy. Thankfully, the plug cutter arrived next-working day and, although I haven’t done an awful lot with it since, I have at least been able to tinker with it enough to be able to share some of my initial impressions and opinions of its performance with you, here.

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Router Table Begins!

This weekend, the weather’s been so nice that I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday afternoon that cutting up a sheet of dust-ridden 18mm MDF on the drive! 😀

Staddons must’ve received their delivery later on Friday afternoon, as they had a sheet ready to cut to size by the time I arrived on Saturday morning. After studying a cutting sheet I’d set out using the components in Google SketchUp, I asked them to crosscut the sheet at 1600mm, leaving <840mm x 1220mm on the other end. I was a bit optimistic when I assumed that this would fit to my small van with ease… It did fit but, the larger half was angled at a position that meant it resting against my head during the short journey back to the workshop! I wish I’d taken a photo! 😉

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White Goods in the Workshop

There’s been a least one ‘white goods’ item (in this case, a chest freezer) in my workshop since the very day I started woodworking. Occasionally, I would use it as a part-time assembly and storage table (dumping ground), until the day I made a right mess of the top; covering it with a wide mixture of teak and linseed oil, among others! After that, I decided I would try to ‘protect’ it with a chipboard top (too little, too late). This freezer hasn’t been active for the best part of two-years now but, I know that the insane weight of my cast iron, benchtop mortiser can’t be doing it any good. I also know that, one day, it may be called in to service, which is why I spent the previous weekend working on a solution that would be better for everyone.

Here’s a photo of what it used to be like, taken almost six-months ago:

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Sheet Material Storage Rack

Last week, I officially moved in to my new home [away from the workshop!] – and that’s no April Fools joke! All this moving around and finishing off all the niggling jobs around the house that weren’t completed have left me with the bare minimal of time to spend back at my ‘real‘ home, in the workshop. Before all this chaos started though, I did at least manage to knock together a simple storage rack for sheet materials, with a few spare hours spread out across one weekend. Yes, the workshop improvements are very much still on-going!

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‘Dart’ Circular Saw Blades

A few weeks after purchasing my PK200 table saw back in September, I took a chance on a couple of new German-made saw blades from SawShop.co.uk. I’d not heard of either company at the time but spotted an ad in the back of Good Woodworking magazine for “German quality circular saw blades“. At only £30 for a pair of 210mm blades for my saw (one with 28t, the other 60t), I decided it was worth a punt.

Before Christmas, I managed to film the following low-quality footage while ripping some timber for my Secret Santa gifts and the MDF for some workshop accessories. I have more comments to add further down and, as always, would welcome any from yourselves.

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