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A Brief Note…

This is just a brief note to state my intention to tidy the main pages of this blog up a little bit. I’m well aware that I have a LOOONG list of links to other sites down the right-hand column and my first improvement will be to rehouse all of these on to a brand-new page of their own (naturally, I’m sure it will be titled ‘Links’). I could sort through and try to filter out the ones I no longer wish to share but, in all honesty, it would be a lot of work because there’s no-one listed there who is at all worthy of being ‘cut’.

[Image courtesy of warwick.ac.uk]

I also welcome any further suggestions you may have, as a reader.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend. 🙂

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A Positive Stop

Monday morning started off surprisingly well this week when I arrived at my workshop to find a small package waiting for me, containing a brand-new, bespoke depth stop for my Axminster ED16B pillar drill, courtesy of a good friend from the forums at The Wood Haven.

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Workshop Floor – Done!

After fighting with a bad cold for the previous week, I finally got back in the workshop today to finish fitting the floorboards of my latest workshop ‘accessory’.

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Hanging Out

With the 7x2in joists all cut to length, ends re-sealed and ready to fall in to place, my next job was to set out the positioning and spacings for each of the sixteen hangers (eight on either side) and then, to fit them in to place. Below, you can see a mock-up of what I needed to achieve, where the joist must sit 32mm (1¼in) higher than the wall plates, in order to clear the existing truss-frame by a good 5mm, which had already begun to deflect where I’ve previously used it, in appropriately, to store goods (it’s only 4in/100mm deep and is riddled with woodworm, you see).

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Joist in Time!

Don’t worry – I haven’t come over all “Nu Yoik“!! Tuesday afternoon saw the arrival of a bundle of pressure-treated, stress-graded softwood from my local BuildBase. All these long lengths were conveniently unloaded directly off the lorry with one of those grab-things on the back –  a real godsend in saving both time and energy! This wood was purchased to allow me to fit a suspended, overhead, storage floor in my compact workshop – something for which I actually began planning for three-years ago! Most of the narrower stuff will be used to frame the inside of the roof, ready for insulation boards. It was cheaper for me to buy (and store!) this lot at the same time, as BuildBase offer free delivery on all orders of £200 or more (excluding VAT). Not pictured are the seven sheets of 2400 x 600 x 18mm MR chipboard flooring, which will be laid directly on top of the joists.

After placing the order seven-days in advanced, I was surprised to receive a phone call with only a few minutes, confirming my order and offering next-day delivery!! Are all builder’s merchants this efficient?! If not for other arrangements I’d already made, I’d have happily taken all this wood on board to make an early start on this project.

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Router Table Extraction Mod.

Until recently, my router table regularly looked like this inside, on a regular basis:

If the insides of your table are constantly in a similar state (cutting grooves with a straight cutter being the main cause of all this mess) then, I’d recommend you take a look at Steve Maskery’s latest video, below; in which, Steve reveals his latest workshop tip for more efficient extraction when the waste cannot reach the extraction port in the rear of your fence.

If the video doesn’t load or work correctly for you on this site, please try this link to YouTube. While you’re opening a new tab or window, I’d also recommend a visit to Steve’s Workshop Essentials site, certainly if you haven’t visited before. This tip also features briefly on Steve’s latest DVD [Volume 6: The Ultimate Bandsaw Tenon Jig – also recommended!!]

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