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Boxes for Christmas

Fear not, I’m still alive and I do still have intentions of getting back in the workshop before Christmas! Other things have been taking over lately and, as I did state recently, I’m enjoying a bit of a break from my seven-year-long ‘obsession‘ with this craft.

As I mentioned on my Facebook page recently, I’m planning to make and complete a couple of boxes in time for Christmas. If I can, I’ll document them, write about them (not just here) and offer them for publication in a UK magazine. If I don’t keep them both then, I already have a recipient in mind for one and I may try to offer the other as well.

Right now, I’m just looking forward to completing a small but enjoyable project like this. It’s been about five-years since I last made a box like this!

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Spring Clear Out?

There is one resolution that I made several weeks after the arrival of the new year; when I first returned to my workshop in 2012 and realised that I really don’t have sufficient space to work in… So, although this is something that I’m sure I investigate once every six-months or so, I really need to look carefully at the machinery and power tools I currently have at my disposal… Which ones do I really need? Could I manage sufficiently without one of those? One thing I’m very short on is floor space – and that, to me, is more important than any tool that you can buy.

If you can’t move comfortably within your space then, you’re putting yourself at risk, each and every day. When you’re tackling a larger job (something too tall or wide to stand on the bench), where will you be able to work on it?

So, I’m going to look closely at some of the machines that I would consider selling, starting with my Axminster AW106PT planer/thicknesser

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