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Scruffs by Name…

A brief post to say that I recently bought a new pair of safety boots for my day job and how impressed I’ve been with them so far.

My new safety boots!

Over the last decade, I’ve come to instantly dislike the ‘cheap, generic’ boots that almost any employer will provide you with on your first day. They were so uncomfortable that I decided to shop around and to start buying my own. I decided I liked the trainer-style of shoe and, after reading a group test review in Good Woodworking magazine, I went for a pair of Makita Hiker boots (yes, there is now irony in that name) and they turned out to be extremely comfortable (after the initial blisters of a busy customer service role in the middle of the summer).

As it happened, Makita footwear were actually made by Dickies and so, the following year, I decided to try a pair of their own (I dislike repetition). These weren’t too bad but I wasn’t as satisfied either and so, I went through a couple more pairs of Dickies boots (three or four in total) before we go back to May 2012, when I popped in to Toolstation and picked up a pair of Black Rock boots for only £25…

They weren’t quite the cheapest boots I’d purchased but they quickly became uncomfortable. They also had those knife-like metal buckles that eventually slice through your laces as you pull them up and I only really stuck with them until a few weeks ago because I’d invested in a pair of insoles – again, that was a trial-and-error experiment in itself; quickly realising that a cheap pair weren’t worth the pain and that you safe find greater comfort with an increase in expenditure.

Insoles? More like ar...

Insoles? More like ar…

This year, I was very tempted to return to those faithful old Makitas (now about £10 dearer than they were a year ago) but I didn’t find anything ‘inspiring’ amongst the current Dickies range and somehow (through a general eBay search, I think), I was reminded of the Scruffs brand. After which, I eventually narrowed my selection down to the Lightning II boots at a very reasonable £25 (thanks to eBay).

I could feel the comfort from day one. You can feel the cushioned insoles far ahead of the smooth floor and they’re also arched nicely in the middle to support your feet properly. Laces tighten up nicely, the tongues are big and soft and I think they look good as well!

Thanks for reading and please don’t settle for sore feet in any area of your life! 🙂

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Gromit Hunting (Part 1)

Saturday’s group walk (a day earlier than usually expected) involving wandering around the city of Bristol with our cameras at the ready as we sought out and snapped as many Gromits as we could find along a seven-mile route. If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about then Gromit (the dog of Wallace and Gromit fame) has been unleashed amongst the city of Bristol and also slightly further afield! There are 80 to find in total but this walk wasn’t about catching them all – that would’ve meant a train journey to London’s Paddington Station, for one thing!

How many have you found?

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Picket Planters (Part 2)

Part 2 is my Picket Planters video series is now online. It starts off with more machining and ends with all the mortises having been cut on my benchtop, cast-iron hollow chisel mortiser.

In Part 3, I’ll begin by round-topping all the pickets and posts on the bandsaw and, after that, I’ll looking at cutting the tenons on the ends of each rail.

Thanks for viewing.

eBay Bargain!

Just a brief note (and a bit of a gloat!) to say that I have just this morning picked up a true eBay bargain from the Post Office – it’s a DeWalt DW621 ¼in router. Brand new, still sealed, unused for only £125 (+ £5.95 p&p)! According to Axminster’s current price, I’ve saved a good £70, here! 8)

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Mitre Saw Fence

On Monday, I finished building the fence for my new-look mitre saw station…

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Revised Mitre Saw Station

Late last year, I mentioned that I wasn’t happy with the current setup of the mitre saw station I built back in 2008 (almost two-years to the month). The design itself was fine; for me, it’s just too inconvenient for a small workshop. Over the course of several weeks and following the arrival of my new sliding mitre saw, I’ve successfully managed to re-build this unit in to a station that’ll work much better for me.

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Two New Toys!

On Thursday, I took delivery of two exciting new arrivals in my workshop! For the last eighteen-months, I’ve been considering an upgrade from my 12in. SIP bandsaw to something much bigger. Also, having recently sold my Bosch 12in. sliding mitre saw on eBay (it took a few months!!), I’ve now got a smaller, 10in. saw that I reckon I’ll be much happier with.

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