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Making Marking Gauges

My latest YouTube video made it to the internet over the weekend and I’m pleased to say that, for the first time in 3 months, it’s a proper woodworking video and not something I knocked together in my flat (although, there are still more of those to come).

However, I was a little dismayed to realise, through the process of editing my footage, that I made this batch of marking gauges back in MARCH of last year… I was quite certain I did this towards the end of summer/early autumn… But seeing as that I didn’t move in to this flat until November, there’s a good chance therefore that I’ll have a few more videos from the workshop on their way in to your subscription feed gradually between now and Christmas. 😉

To give a brief bit of background as to why I made these gauges; well, I’d only ever owned one single gauge (made by Marples) up until this point and when I started my current job over 3 years ago, a need arose to have one in box my toolboxes at work and also at home. But I was reluctant to spend £15-20 on another (in fact, the one I had is made of beech and perhaps only £5-10). So, I took a long term ambition and made my own!

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If you watch this video over on YouTube then I’d be grateful if you could give me a thumbs up (click Like) and also if you wouldn’t mind subscribing to my channel, if you haven’t done so already – I’m almost up to 2,000 subscribers and I’d love to break that milestone fairly soon.

Thanks for watching! There will always be something more to follow!

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Magnetic Knife Block Video

If you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel then you’ll already know that I recently uploaded a video on the making of my magnetic knife block from last year. If you’ve noticed this upload appear twice in your subscription feed then it’s because I have re-uploaded the same video – in the first edition, I was made aware (by several viewers who left comments) that there was an issue with the narration running out of sync and beyond the end of the video footage; prolonging the length with an additional minute of black screen.

This has been corrected in the second upload. I’d like to leave the original video in its place because it’s already received a number of interactions. What I realised was that I made a mistake in recording and positioning the segments of narration before a final edit of the individual scenes – let that be a lesson to any other YouTubers or video-uploaders out there! It seems as though the strips of narration are not attached to the video timeline and so, as that shifts, the audio remains where it was.

So, from now on, this is the kind of schedule I’ll be following when editing a video for uploading. It is a lengthy process and I like to save as many individual versions of the video in as many states as you see listed below:

1. Initial edit and trimming of scenes.

2. Adding transitions between scenes.

3. Playing through the video to check and increasing the play-speed of any scenes where appropriate.

4. Recording and adding the narration.

5. Adjusting the sound levels between scenes and narration before a final check and then, the uploading!

Thanks for reading and I hope you like it. 🙂

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Plate or Platter?

This latest YouTube upload has already received quite a phenomenal response…

Within the first 24 hours, I think it had reached over 200 views but the staggering part was the sheer number of likes – all 42 of them!

My all-time record for a single video is somewhere between 40 and 50 and that arrived after several days, maybe even a week and many more views. A couple more days passed and that figure doubled!

Now, at the time of writing; I’ve received over 1,200 views for a video less than one week old and, wait for it…

Over 120 clicks on the Like button!!!

I cannot thank people enough because those figures are astonishing! It’s gone a little bit viral and it’s hard for me to see why… But then, if I’m going to try and analyse this, I’d be missing the point when I should simply be trying to acknowledge and accept it. I’ve had some pretty well-known woodworkers following me back on Google+ recently which might also have helped, I guess. With this, comes an air of pressure and ‘expectation’… By setting such a high standard and attracting a new audience (very close to 1,000 subscribers now) with this latest video, I feel a little under pressure to keep that going and not to disappoint.

As I’ve said before; I’ve got a few months’ worth of video footage sat and waiting to be edited on my hard drive, which should help to keep my channel alive throughout the winter months.

If you haven’t seen it already, please enjoy the video. Feedback is always welcome and I’d especially like to know whether you would regard this piece as a plate or as a platter… 🙂

THANK YOU ALL!

Boxes for Christmas

Fear not, I’m still alive and I do still have intentions of getting back in the workshop before Christmas! Other things have been taking over lately and, as I did state recently, I’m enjoying a bit of a break from my seven-year-long ‘obsession‘ with this craft.

As I mentioned on my Facebook page recently, I’m planning to make and complete a couple of boxes in time for Christmas. If I can, I’ll document them, write about them (not just here) and offer them for publication in a UK magazine. If I don’t keep them both then, I already have a recipient in mind for one and I may try to offer the other as well.

Right now, I’m just looking forward to completing a small but enjoyable project like this. It’s been about five-years since I last made a box like this!

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Mobile Planer (Jointer) Base

It may be Sunday night but, there’s reason to be cheerful as I have a second blog post for you and a brand-new video to share with it! 😀 I feel like I’m on something of a high at the moment… Haven’t felt like this in a while so, excuse me if I sound more upbeat than I have done in previous weeks or months.

If you’re interested in building your own mobile machine base from wood, using plenty of glue, screws and coach bolts then, this may well be of interest to you. I didn’t fancy spending £40 on another metal job with only two rotating castors and adjustable feet that constantly need levelling on an uneven floor and, I must say, I’m quite pleased with what I’ve made this weekend.

I apologise for the lack of ‘voice’ towards the end – one day, I’ll buy a microphone and a better video camera to go with it!

It’s only a shame I don’t take any photos on the rare occasion now that I do produce a video. I’ve been thinking about buying a large SD card for too long… All those minutes stood infront of the camera and reshooting scenes leaves no room for finished snaps or progress shots. A spare battery wouldn’t go amiss either!

All comments and thoughts are appreciated, as always.

Thanks for reading and for watching. 🙂

Axminster Aluminium Insert Plate

After recently installing this aluminium plate in to my newly-built router table, I’m now able to look back and review it; analysing its features and my impression of this product at this early stage.

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Fixing the Top

I’ve had a good weekend in the workshop so far, which means that my social life definitely isn’t improving… Actually, I still have two days left (thanks to the Jubilee), it’s pretty safe to say that I’ll have the router table completed very soon indeed.

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Lipping Forwards

You may have already guessed by now that I didn’t get much done on the router table last weekend. Actually, I barely spent any time in the workshop at all. I find it hard to go in there sometimes… Not just because I live further away now but, when working with wood and power tools for four-and-a-half days a week, I often feel as though I’d like to be doing something different on a weekend. I guess that workshops are a lot like relationships and women in that respect… Every now and again, we need a little time apart from one another! 😛

This afternoon and, with the up-and-over door wide open, I braved the unbearable heat(!) of my small workshop in order to begin working on the top to my new router table. First, I needed to lip all the edges of the MDF sheet with some kind of hardwood.

Looking at the photo above; can you guess which species I used, before clicking below to read on? 🙂

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