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Book Box Balls-Up

In my last update, I believe the pair of book boxes I was making were edging close to completion (or, at least, the finishing stage). That was over two-months ago and, even though I’ve since effectively closed the door on that workshop for the time being, I can tell you that I worked on three separate (and a-little-bit-secret) items during the closing weeks.

Today’s update concludes the book box project for the time being.

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Keeping Busy

It’s hard to find the time to write regularly here at the moment. I have a couple of detailed posts I plan to write soon but those are the ones I mostly seem to aim for. For quick updates on more of a typical ‘blogging’ scale, I tend to use either Keek or my Facebook page. But I suspect that not everyone subscribes or visits there; not everyone has Facebook or ‘does’ social networking. So, I’d like to try and update you all with a few snippets of all the little things I’m working on at the moment.

New handles for old files.

New handles for old files.

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Guitar in the Making

I can’t remember exactly when I last blogged about making a guitar but I do recall (probably last year, when I purchased two sets of plans – or was that 2011?!) stating my intention here on at least one prior occasion. it’s been an ambition for the last, say, three-years and it’s only really in the last year that I’ve been able to build my confidence up to a level at where I feel fairly competent in having a go.

I would like to reiterate that I do not currently play a guitar; I have never played a guitar and I really don’t know much about them… From the three sets of plans I’ve now purchased (from JAGuitars), I’ve chosen to go with the Gibson SG style (my latest buy) simply because, to my eye, it has the most attractive and appealing aesthetics! Plus, while Googling for user-made replicas a while back, I came across some walnut SGs that looked quite stunning… And I still have more than enough walnut left over from a near-Β£300 purchase back in April. 😎

This is my first video in what is going to end up a series of indefinite length. There are questions over whether or not I’ll be able to finish this before November comes – I mean, it’s taken me about two months to complete the templates, to upload this video and now, I still haven’t ordered the necessary hardware or figured out exactly what I need to buy!

My current plan is to get the ‘workshop stuff’ (machining and hand tool work) complete before the inevitable cold snap arrives; regardless of where I’m living and where my tools are likely to end up at that time. I can imagine myself French polishing on a kitchen table if I have to (I dislike ‘plastic’ lacquers and, well… I made that table!!)… If it comes to it. To my mind; strings, straps and even scratchboards [if that’s what they’re called] can be fitted afterwards. I could even do that sat on a living room sofa with 8in of snow underfoot outside!

I’m hoping mine ends up something like this. [Photo taken from: dawsons.co.uk]

Anyway, I hope you like my ‘introductory’ video to this project. I have unnecessary trouble in uploading this one because my editing software decided to shuffle the order of scenes as I as working through my final cut! But, on Saturday night (Sunday morning), it did reach YouTube just after 1am and it’s been very, very well received since. Thanks largely in part to this video (along with your own efforts and contributions), I’ve now surpassed the 700 marks for subscribers to my channels. I feel as though I’m well on course to reach 1,000 before December! πŸ™‚

Thank you all.

YouTube Update – August 2013

Since my last video update, I seem to have added two more films to my YouTube channel – I guess this delay in notifying you is another reason for you to PLEASE SUBSCRIBE to my channel, so that you find out before… You do?

I’d like to say a big THANK YOU for everyone has already subscribed because I have just this week passed the 600 mark – at this rate, I might just make it to 1,000 before 2014! πŸ˜‰

My first video is the making of the toilet roll holder, which has already soared to almost 1,000 views in less than one week! It’s a ‘silent’ film, in the sense that I don’t narrate over or talk through any part of it. Some people dislike that but most seem welcome to it, judging by my current response. I’m always welcome to hearing what more people think and I’m keen to keep trying new things in future videos.

After that, you have a near-ten-minute film on setting the knives in my Axminster AW106PT, which I use solely as a thicknesser. I do talk through that one (a non-narration) and again, I’m always welcome to feedback on that as well.

I’m aiming to have a brand-new project-based video out by… Let’s say Monday night, as it is a Bank Holiday weekend! πŸ˜‰

Thanks for reading, watching, subscribing, liking and have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

New Project – Any Guesses?

I’m writing this post to ask whether anyone reading this can guess what I might be making?

Stack-laminating American lime – but for what?

It’s a way to use up my collection of American lime (basswood) offcuts (although, that has little relevance). I’m stack-laminating them in such a way because I do not have anything as substantial available as a stock size. I think I’ve added two more layers since taking this photo but the height or depth is not critical.

Obviously, once I’ve finished laminating, I’m going to have to cut it in some way, if you notice all the overhang…

Thank you for reading. I look forward to reading your suggestions! πŸ˜‰

Daily Prompt: ‘Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes’

Today’s Writing Prompt

You need to make a major change in your life. Do you make it all at once, cold turkey style, or incrementally?

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Grandpa’s Workshop

If you’re a follower of the Lost Art Press then, you’ll no doubt have heard about Grandpa’s Workshop. It’s been blogged and reblogged all over the place for the last few months and, quite recently, it became available in the UK, thanks to Classic Hand Tools.

Brown paper wrapping

Brown paper wrapping

I haven’t bought anything tool or even wood-related for a while but, as I’m in to reading and especially writing at the moment, I decided to purchase this one, as soon as I read about it in CHT’s monthly newsletter.

Grandpa's Workshop - Maurice Pommier

Grandpa’s Workshop – Maurice Pommier

I cannot review the book just yet as it now sits amongst an ever-growing pile of books I’m slowly working my way through. Instead, I thought I’d take some time and photographs to show you just how delicately wrapped it was upon delivery last week.

Tools List

Tools List

Had I bought this book from an average seller on Amazon then, I’m sure they wouldn’t have gone to the effort of wrapping it in brown paper. As a hardback book, many might see this step as unnecessary, within the confines of a jiffy bag. But, it certainly is a very nice touch and, of course, you get the extra satisfaction from having to unwrap an item you’ve already received and opened. I don’t wish to share the contents of this book, even after I’ve read it, as I’d hope you might consider buying it yourself some day. Just inside the front and back covers, you’re presented with a tools list for everything featured further ahead (or behind).

If you are interested in a review though, I would suggest you look here.

I apologise for the quality of these photos as the lighting isn’t great indoors.

Thanks for reading.

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