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Too Many DVDs?

When I first started woodworking at home, back in the summer of 2005, the very first piece I made was a simple ‘Craftsman-style‘ wall shelf in pine (Scandinavian, joinery-grade redwood). I took the plans directly from a book [The World’s Best Storage and Shelving Projects] and modified various dimensions in order for the unit to accommodate my stash of DVDs. Despite its garish appearance with the tung oil finish and the crudeness of some of the joints I used (particularly the beech dowels used to peg the shelves), this wall shelf made the move with me to my new home at the end of March this year. All in spite of the fact that, with a total capacity for forty-eight DVDs on each of the two lower shelves, it wasn’t long after the completion date that my DVD collection had over-grown [thanks, Play.com and CD-WOW!!] and I was having to stack cases on top of the unit to try and keep things ‘organised’!

One Shelf... Too Many DVDs!

It’s taken me almost six-years to make this decision but, I’ve decided now that the time is right to build a new wall shelf with increased capacity!

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Drawer Repair

Shortly after moving home at the end of last month/beginning of this one, I was asked to repair a drawer for someone. Sadly, it wasn’t of the traditional all-wooden construction. But, with a thin sheet of paper containing an image of the Queen being waved in my face, I said I’d have a look at this chipboard conundrum.

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Workshop Video-Tour (Part 1)

Having officially finished the suspended floor now, I’ve taken a little bit of time to film this short, ‘silent’ video-tour of my workshop in its current state, before I’ve really had a chance to start clearing off the shelves, removed the two floor-standing units and, generally, reshuffled everything around for better optimisation of my current space.

As you’ll see in the video, there’s still a lot of work to be done before I can get back to some proper woodwork again! Hopefully, most of this will have been resolved by the time I come to release a second video-tour, in a couple of weeks.

…Yes, there is a little irony in the title of the song playing on the radio! 😀

All comments welcome.

Thanks for reading – and for watching!

Metabo’s maX 12 Cordless Combo Kit

If you’re interested to know more about the new maX 12 10.8v Powermaxx drills from Metabo, which I used recently to install the suspended floor in my workshop then, you’ll want to head on over to the Toolstop Blog, where my Guest blog-post appeared earlier today:

Hands-on With the Metabo maX 12 Cordless Combo Kit PowerMaxx.

A huge thanks to Mark and Neil for arranging this.

Enjoy. 🙂

Nogging Along

In order to strengthen any floor; to prevent the joists from moving and also to reduce any risk of the floor sagging, it’s important to add at least one series of noggings (note the third, silent G!). In many cases, as with my floor, only one set of noggings down the centreline of the new floor is required. Where a floor covers a greater span though, it may be required that you have an additional two lines of noggings.

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2010 in Review

I haven’t had much of a chance to write anything new since my previous post so, I thought some of you may find this interesting… (Apologies if I’m wrong – normally wood-related witterings to resume shortly!):

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.


In 2010, there were 105 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 125 posts. There were 31 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 71mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was December 13th with 268 views. The most popular post that day was Quangsheng Rebate Block Plane (Part 1).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were ukworkshop.co.uk, workshopheaven.blogspot.com, en.wordpress.com, floweringelbow.co.uk, and forums.woodnet.net.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for tuff saws, quangsheng planes, tuffsaws, quangsheng, and small workshop.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Quangsheng Rebate Block Plane (Part 1) January 2010


Review: Work Sharp 3000 January 2010


Gallery October 2009


Tuff Saws February 2010
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Quangsheng Rebating Block Plane: My Verdict February 2010

Happy New Year to you all! Thanks for reading.

Cheap Veneering and Laminating

Another tip from “the mind of Maskery” for you, today! 😉

These cheap (<£6) vacuum bags; designed for the compressed storage of clothes and other compactable household items; provide an affordable alternative to producing laminated pieces and veneered panels, for those of us without the funds spare to splash on an AirPress kit, for example. This tip was originally featured in one of Steve’s [dubbed “The Jig” in the current issue] many British Woodworking articles, a few months ago, where he used such a bag as a ‘press’ to veneer some MDF panels.

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Mmmmm… Maple!

Last week, I received a surprise visit form Nick Gibbs (editor of British Woodworking magazine), not long after I’d finished an early shift at work. Nick was (sort of) passing by and wanted to hand-over this odd length of what he believes to be “ripple maple” (…or is it fiddleback sycamore?!).

Whatever species it may be, it certainly has something lovely figuring with those medullary rays predominant on both sides!

Dimensions are: 28in (710mm) long x 11in (280mm) wide x 1in (25mm) thick.

When we met prior to last week’s visit, Nick had suggested that he had this length lying around and that it was so nice, he wanted to keep it – yet, at the same time, he didn’t know what to do with it and it was getting in the way! A Catch22 situation, if you will… Having looked at this length (which has been thickness-planed to clean up both faces), I’m still not quite sure what to do with it myself. It’ll probably turn in to some kind of box or a small, ornamental item. It’s a little bit like the 4″x2″ Challengewhat can you make from a single length of wood?

By the way, any thoughts are always welcome. 🙂

Thanks for reading.

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