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March suddenly seems very very close and I’m concerned that the progress with my workshop clearout and decluttering may not reach the stage at which I am hoping for by then… To give you all a bit of an update though, I thought I’d share a few previously-unmentioned items that I, as of last week, decided I am going to add to the ever-growing ‘For Sale’ list.

If you’d like a price on something, please find a way to contact me, whether that’s by leaving a comment here, by e-mailing me directly or through social media.

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Dust Wrong

Last week, I found some time to tinker and experiment with the dust extraction setup for my bandsaw. For the last few years, I’ve been using a setup that allows you to connect a vacuum hose to an angled port that surround the blade just below the table. It’s often worked well, collecting a majority of the sawdust and also leaving less to settle on the lower blade guides.

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But it’s not always been as effective as it used to be and I think the change occurred once I added a simple dust separator in to the system, which has always been the Triton DCA300 Dust Bucket. Don’t get me wrong; I’m sure that another separator (particularly a cyclone) would give better results but the Triton one seems to offer an airflow that’s greatly reduced from the force drawn in by the vacuum on its own.

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First Lot to Go

It may be cold outside and there may still be snow on the ground, with the threat of more to follow later in the week but, I still made it out to the workshop today! Only to arrange some hand and portable power tools that I no longer ‘need’ and can sell… Still, it was nice to get out there briefly. Even though my work gloves felt like sheets of ice, as I picked them up from my workbench.

ALL FOR SALE!

This is my first ‘wave’ in the process of decluttering my workshop, freeing up some space and, of course, preparing for the inevitable. Read on below, and you’ll see what I’m selling and why I no longer need it.

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Veritas Small Blade Holder

As mentioned briefly in my previous post, I recently purchased Veritas’ Small Blade Holder from Rutlands, which is designed to solve the common problem applying the right amount of pressure to a small blade or iron when sharpening or honing. I don’t know about you but, I’ve always struggled to get a good edge on spokeshave blades unless they’re crudely fitted in to a slot cut in to the end of a length of 2x2in, for example. So, I was waiting eagerly for this product to arrive; to see if it would solve all those other issues. Veritas are renown for producing top-quality goods with a hint of innovation and it’s claimed that these holders will fit in to a honing guide for repeat angles and accuracy…

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Post Christmas Purchases

January is often seen as a good time of year to grab a bargain on, well, anything – but, here, I’m talking about woodworking tools, of course! Well, not exactly spinning circular saws or routers but the recent seasonal discounts offered by Axminster and Rutlands have allowed me to stock up on a few essential purchases, in addition to the brand-new Bench Cookies I recently added. These aren’t all intended to be used solely in the workshop; several items have been purchased with scribing and on-site fitting in mind and for general carpentry jobs that could become the ‘bread and butter‘ of my future furniture making business.

It all started with this set of Stabila spirit levels

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More From Santa

Regardless of the fact that more than one-month has now passed since ‘the Big Day’ in 2010, I still feel it would be appropriate to share with you some of the gifts I received, in addition to the two new Metabo drills I purchased for myself (as featured in a previous post).

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