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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™‚

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Magnetic Knife Block Design

While I’m pressing on with various things at the moment, I recently came up with an idea for a magnetic knife block design that I might like to make for my own personal use. I was asked about making a universal knife block a few months ago. Typically, those are fitted with carbon fibre rods or sometimes bamboo skewers. I couldn’t find a supplier of the plastic rods but that one didn’t come in to fruition anyway. Someone else later asked me about magnetic blocks (where the knives stick to the side of a block) and that’s what got me thinking with this design.

Magnetic Knife Block

I’ve grown up in a house with ‘common sized’ slots in each block. But how do you know what knives you’re going to need? Their size. Their quantity and what if my future plans change and I really want to get in to cooking and preparing food? That’s where I like these ‘unrestricted’ designs.

My own brief illustration is quite typical of what you might expect from an upright magnetic block. I see it as an opportunity to use up some scrap wood, with an interior constructed of offcut strips in a stack-lamainated formation, one on top of the other. With end-grain exposed at the ‘front’ end of the block, it could become quite a feature. There would be magnets embedded in to either side and these would then be sealed behind a thick veneer of something – in this case, I’ve drawn it in brown but I quite like the appearance of lighter woods (maple and sycamore) in a kitchen environment.

Both the shape and dimensions are only approximate at this time but, each time I head out to the workshop, I feel a desire to come up with a few scrap wood projects before I end up giving the stuff away!

Thanks for reading.

Jointer Knife Setting Jig

After tidying up my router table this morning and adding the final touches with the featherboard accessories (photos to follow in another post), I spent the afternoon machining up some timber for a small job (yes, timber – not dusty MDF!) and also set about making a pair of simple-but-effective setting jigs for the knives (blades) on my 6in wide CT150 surface planer (jointer).

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Gloves in the Workshop

In the current issue of British Woodworking, Steve Prescott writes (in response to a reader’s letter in the previous issue) in the defence of his use of ‘grippy gloves’ while operating machinery. This is the kind of subject that can raise a lot of debate…

Read on for my opinion (and experience)…

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