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The P-Word

This is actually a subject I discuss briefly at the introduction to my latest YouTube video. It’s fair to say that you will quickly come to learn how I feel about painting and why it took me five-months to complete the laminated capping rail for our T&G gate… Oddly enough, I’ve spent the afternoon undercoating my hands a glossy white as we’ve been partitioning off a new section of the shop floor ready for the installation of two new metal cutting machines (it has been nice to be able to put of some stud walls and drill holes in the concrete floor, even if I’m not too satisfied with some of the gaps around my own joints, mostly cut on the bandsaw as well…).

We moved in to our current house back in 2004, not long after Christmas and, within days of moving in (in fact, it might have been the day itself), a now-ex-neighbour pointed out that flakes of white paint were

Peeling Paint

ing off from under the eaves at the front of the house, surrounding the large bay window. It’s a project that’s been on my mind for so long. It’d been glaring at me each day I arrived home. Even when I lived elsewhere, it became unmissable, with each and every family visit. I don’t know what possessed me but I finally got up there to tackle it, last weekend.

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French Door Design

I aim to do a little more on the router table, later today. Provided that my new bandsaw blades arrive in time and, of course, that I don’t get talked in to doing some other DIY-type job! 😛 It looks like it might rain today though… 😉 I won’t have much time (if any) to work on it tomorrow but I’m already looking ahead to what will probably be my first project once the new table has been built.

Mum’s been asking again about these French Doors. I tried to patch them up and repaint them a year ago but, they’ve been in such a state for a few years now that I pretty much gave up part way through; deciding that they were, quite literally, beyond repair.

So, it’ll up to me to make some new frames and buy the double glazed units to fit. I don’t like to put too much pressure on myself but, ideally, I will get these finished in time for her birthday in the beginning of July…! 😯

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Tite-bond? No Kidding!!

Those folks at Titebond were serious when they came up with the brand name for their range of adhesives. I made the mistake this winter of leaving all of my glues out in the workshop, where they were exposed to all the harsh frosts and sub-zero temperatures that we experienced (even as recently as last week, let us not forget). As I’ve slowly found my way back in to my workshop recently, I needed examine each glue bottle carefully to ascertain which ones, if any, were still perfectly good to use…

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Making a T&G Gate (Part 2)

Following on from Part 1, I can now take some time to show the various stages I went through [practically – not personally, you wouldn’t like to see those!! :oops:] to construct the gate. After a half-day at work, I spent a good six-hours on this job. It was a couple of hours longer than I was intending and, as I was unable to ‘complete’ the gate in time, that explains why the gate was left in the following state overnight (as you saw at the end of the first instalment):

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Sawhorse Survivor

Until I recently started finally building a garden gate for my mother [more on that to follow!], which involves working with timbers 7ft or 2.1m long, the folding sawhorses I made last year had spent the past five-months living outside my current home. You see, when I moved in, there was still some work to be done (boxing in, etc.) and I needed something to work on. Even after I finished, I got so used to not tripping over them in my workshop that I decided to leave them outside until I’d made some space inside the workshop… As you can probably guess, that never quite happened!

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Picket Planters (Part 2)

Part 2 is my Picket Planters video series is now online. It starts off with more machining and ends with all the mortises having been cut on my benchtop, cast-iron hollow chisel mortiser.

In Part 3, I’ll begin by round-topping all the pickets and posts on the bandsaw and, after that, I’ll looking at cutting the tenons on the ends of each rail.

Thanks for viewing.

Picket Planters (Part 1)

I know it’s wrong of me to begin uploading another series before officially ending the previous one (I still haven’t filmed the final scene for the Kitchen Towel Stand project) but, I’d like to get the first two videos on the planters I’ve been making online fairly quickly. There’s a lot of machining covered in these first two parts and I know that may not be of as much interest to everyone as the later scenes.

Part 1 is also a great advert for the Supertuff Fastcut blades available from Tuff Saws in the UK. I’m aiming to get Part 2  ready in the next couple of days and will let you know as soon as it’s online.

Thank you.

Bench Repair (Part 3)

Having cut and cleaned out all the mortises in my previous session working on this bench, my next job was to cut the tenons on each end of the seven slats. With relatively small components like this, I like to use my faithful router sled to gauge the thickness by making a single pass across each face.

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