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Heart-Shaped Bandsaw Boxes

On the stroke of Christmas Day (literally, as midnight arrived to close Christmas Eve), this video was uploaded to YouTube. It’s had a great reception already; tallying up to more than 850 views already, which is great by my own standards. But I’d like to bring it to you attention today, as many people have will have been busy over the Christmas period. This is mainly for those who haven’t already seen it.

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It took about 90 minutes to upload for a 13 minute video. It’s a standard time for my work (in HD quality, 720p) but it always seems excessive. I’ve noticed other woodworkers and YouTubers who are seemingly able to upload videos in a matter of minutes… I guess it’s down to the power of your computer and its processors. I’ve recently got myself re-established with broadband and the speeds are pretty good. If I come to do this more frequently, I would have to look at upgrading my laptop then.

So, I made two of these boxes, as I’ve developed a knack for making two of everything this past year. One went to a friend for their birthday in August; the other remains ‘on display’ in my home, alongside the spare yin-and-yang box – which will also appear in video format sometime in 2014!

Thanks for reading and for watching. As always, I welcome all feedback.

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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!

Picture Frame and Mitres

My next video on YouTube should document the making of a small picture frame made from a minute quantity of English walnut. Today, I’m going to share with you a bit about making the mitres on each of the four corners, as I took an opportunity to try and saw blade I’d not tested before and I’d like to share some of my thoughts on that.

Mitre Cutting Time!

I also decided to make a mitre-cutting jig for my mitre saw and there will be a shorter video showing how I made that, to be uploaded within days of the picture frame project going live.

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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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Let’s Take a Seat

After another early Friday finish at work, I’ve spent the afternoon lazing around at home, feeling the after effects of an unexpected, hard-hitting cold. My nose may have stopped and my throat is beginning to clear at last but, I’m still feeling quite dizzy in my head and a little weak elsewhere. Almost flu-like symptoms.

I’m also moving home on Monday and heading back to live in mum’s house, which is also very close to my workshop… I’ve already shifted a load of boxes to save a bit of time and, with all the floor space now available (at home, not in the workshop!!), I’ve found my attention drawn towards the arm chair I made at college, two-years ago now…

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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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Holy Cramp, Batman!

Just in time for the half-term break, I got my arm chair all glued up at college. It’s quite a relief to finally reach this stage of this build in particular! Even though, I still have a bit of sanding and tidying up to do. To be honest, I’m not sure I would have had enough cramps, had I decided to do this one in my own workshop…

Do you think there are enough sash cramps?!

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Carving for Comfort

Two travishers; one seat.

This week at college, I’ve managed to get the English walnut seat carved out to a comfortable formation for my own bottom. While I spent the best part of both days (thirteen hours) on this, including endless amounts of sanding and applying a coat of oil, I have to say, carving a chair seat isn’t complicated at all. There are a few basic guidelines for getting started, that you may come across in a couple of woodworking books but, the most important thing is to check it regularly (literally – sitting down on the job!) and work evenly on both sides. I also borrowed a couple a travishers for this task as it’s really all you need for something like this.

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