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Drill Tidy

I managed to spend the previous weekend without taking a single step in to the workshop and yet, I’m still behind on updating you with the little goings-on that I have been progressing with in there. I’ve found it hard to even find the time to keep my client up-to-date with details for the chopping boards I’m planning to make soon and I’m also aware that I’m already behind with my intention of uploading one YouTube video on a weekly basis… I have plenty of short films in the pipeline so, I’m sure I can catch up before too long. 😉

Not-so-drill tidy…

While trying to finalise the arrangement of the mobile base for my site saw/table saw, I spent a bit of time trying to tidy up the storage situation with my drill press

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A Positive Stop

Monday morning started off surprisingly well this week when I arrived at my workshop to find a small package waiting for me, containing a brand-new, bespoke depth stop for my Axminster ED16B pillar drill, courtesy of a good friend from the forums at The Wood Haven.

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Pillar Drill Table

Up until the sharp drop in temperatures around here recently, I was discreetly working away on a new table for my Axminster ED16B pillar drill. It’s surprising how long it had taken to get to the stage you can see in the first photo, below… Working only two-days each week due to work and other commitments, I reckon it took the best part of three-weeks to get this far – and, I’ve still got some work to do on the fence!

Step inside and I’ll show you some of the main features of this design so far, while also explaining my reasoning behind them.

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Pillar Drill Preview

Over the weekend, I got my new pillar drill all cleaned up and ready to run. With the help of “some old man“, I was also able to get it in to position on its new stand – it’s only 2in shorter than my previous drill but, it just seems like a lot more…

Axminster ED16B.

Although I haven’t yet had a chance to put it through its paces yet, I think it would be good at this time to take a closer look at many of this drill’s features and see how it compares and, hopefully, improves on the offerings of my former Clarke CDP201B.

Clarke CDP201B.

(You see it now – it really is too tall for your average 900mm bench!)

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A Car-azy Day Out!

It’s been a long day, spent mostly sat in the driver’s seat of my car. In the process, I’ve covered a good three-hundred miles… And I now have a new pillar drill to show for it!

Axminster ED16B Pillar Drill.

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Timbers of Trouble

Inside my Timber Store/"Bedroom" - I won't be watching TV for a while!!

With the cold and damp air starting to creep in through my shoes, I seem to be spending minimal time in the workshop at the moment [Whimp!]. This might be a good time to get a part-time job, at least until the sun returns from its annual ‘hibernation’…

Preparation is what it’s all about the minute. I’m almost ready to start putting some of my exhibition ideas in to working progress… Even if I end up oiling and waxing on the kitchen dining table, in the not-so-cold (I wouldn’t call it warm, indoors, either! :?). Continue reading…

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