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Time to Turn

This is something I briefly touched on towards the end of my last post, where I entertained the idea of selling my woodturning lathe (along with several other machines in my workshop). Recently, I was contacted by a local man who’s repairing a chair and requires a replica of one part (I think it’s a stretcher). We met once before through Freecycle, when he came to collect a box-full of my wood offcuts for firewood. So, he’s briefly seen my workshop (in one of its former, chaotic states!) and had obviously kept me in mind in case I could ever be of assistance.

He dropped the specimen off through my letterbox a few days ago. All I need to do is to create another one just like it. He’ll be refinishing the whole chair so, I don’t have to worry about much else beyond sanding, which is nice! 😉 It looks to me like beech, below the surface so, with plenty of offcuts lying around I don’t need to splash out on any new wood.

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Bench Repair (Part 2)

Over the weekend, I made further progress on the bench seat repair and started by preparing all my previously sawn stock down to finished dimensions.

When I’m working with timber that’s been at least partially sawn on a circular saw, which leaves a much cleaner finish than most bandsaw blades, I find it helpful to scribble over the sawn faces to void confusion later. Unless your planer knives are razor-sharp, it can sometimes be tricky to distinguish the prepared face and edge from the two other surfaces… On a few occasions, yes, I have made the mistake of referencing off the wrong face and edges when feeding stock through a thicknesser! 😳

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Wall Shelf Completed

Some of you may have already seen this on The Wood Haven a few weeks ago but, for all you other woodworkers out there, I recently finished an Arts & Crafts or “Craftsman“-style wall shelf made from solid English oak offcuts I’d had lying around for a while.

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Building for Comfort

Lately, I haven’t been able to spend much time online to update my blog (apologies for that). Though, I have been able to spend a good amount of time in the workshop (at least that’s something!) and I have continued making progress on the chair at college.

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