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Vodamoan

Today, I’d like to have a bit of a rant about Vodafone and 3G service in the West Country. A few weeks before Christmas, I finally succumbed and upgraded my old Nokia model to a smart phone. To be precise; I ignored the wave of the big ‘i’ in Apple and went instead with for the Samsung Galaxy SII; an apparent rival for the iPhone 4S. Samsung’s SIII has been available for a little while now, along with Apple’s iPhone 5. I spent £200 on my model and that was in a refurbished state from en eBay seller… I do believe it works out cheaper in the long run (my monthly sim-only contract costs just £10.50) and I can’t imagine that the very latest models leave any of its predecessors in a permanent state of redundancy.

Vodafone Logo

Vodafone Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Pin Guns and Brad Nailers

Last night, I sat down to write this but took a break part-way through to remove myself from my lovely arm and to head off for a relaxing shower. By the time I returned and awoke my laptop, I realised it was deciding to play up. Even with an internet connection, none of the tabs in my browser were responding properly. I had to reboot the computer (and a forced restart, at that) before I could type any more and, as Windows reloaded and I clicked on the Firefox icon on my desktop, I realised that WordPress had automatically saved nothing more than the opening line.

I was virtually ready to hit ‘Publish’ but now, I’m stating again. My mind was clouded with other thoughts last night so, maybe this is for the better.

Arrow EBN320 RED Electric Brad Nail Gun (Photo credit: D&M Tools).

My day job isn’t one that I particularly enjoy. It doesn’t involve working with wood but, mostly to the extent of fixing sheets of plywood together with nail guns to construct packing cases. Not the sort of fine-quality work I’ve been trained to produce but still, it does just about pay the bills and I can only imagine it is better than working in a confined, stuffy office. In over eighteen months now, this role has taught me the significance a pin gun (you might refer to them as brand nailers) can bring to a woodworking workshop.

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This Little Light of Mine…

In an effort to get myself back in to the swing of things and to make use of the workshop while I still have it, I’m trying to tie up a few ‘loose ends’ while I still have a few days before I return to work. This means that I’m trying to sort out a few videos that have been on my to-do list for too long (one was uploaded last night) and I’m also trying to get various bits and pieces together that I can eventually submit for magazine publication (tool reviews and tests, hopefully some small projects, too).

I was going some photos with my current camera (Nikon S8200) last night when I finally found a practical use for a small item I bought from Rutlands over a year ago:

Magnetic LED Light Mine from Rutlands

It’s a magnetic LED light mine and I only really bought it because, when it first arrived in their catalogue, it was on sale and available with free delivery. I was hoping to use it with my bandsaw but, even when I got the positioning right, the light wasn’t always strong enough. So, it’s been sat on top of bandsaw for far too long since then. But, where another LED device has since failed (possible dust ingestion), this little light is still working fine.

I could’ve done with this while filming some of my video sequences but this thought never occurred until I’d starting photographing things afterwards.

If you follow me on Twitter then, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been watching a lot of videos on making bandsaw boxes. Certainly, they kept me occupied far beyond my bed time last night! That’s something I’m looking at experimenting with soon and it’s given me new hope for another inspiring idea I came up with back in… August, I think! 😉

Stained or Tainted?

This photo shows the top surface of an Arts and Crafts-style TV stand that I designed and made back in 2008 (it was also published in British Woodworking magazine in June of that year). I’ve just bought myself a new flat-screen TV (belated birthday present) to replace the big, old bulky one I had before. If you look closely, you’ll be able to see where heat emissions from the old ‘picture box’ fought their way through the Danish oil finish (three coats, as I remember it) to create this ‘stained’ effect. Maybe ‘tainting‘ of the finish is a better term?

Wood Stained or Oil Tainted?

Just thought it may be of interest. Perhaps oil finishes aren’t the best for this type of furniture?

But, they’re so easy to apply…

It shouldn’t be an issue with my new TV though, as that sits on its own stand – if you want to see what I bought, see this post on my other blog.

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