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Serving Up a New Order

Just as I’m slowly making my way back in to the workshop, it seems as though the list of kitchen items to make is on the agenda!

Through the power of YouTube and my Facebook Page combined (do not underestimate their power), I’ve picked up a commission for a few end-grain cutting boards and a pair of knife blocks too! You can be sure you’ll get to read about all of that as and when it happens. If I have time, I’ll even try to shoot some new video footage.

Yes, I initially did a three-part series on making similar boards from beech, which you can still find over on my channel. But, through watching many other videos and experimenting with my own recent efforts, I feel I’ve already learnt a lot about this ‘art’ of communication and sharing. People don’t really want to watch you endlessly resawing wood and not everyone enjoys the music that you might like… Some prefer no music at all. People tune because they share an interest. Because they’re keen to see and willing to learn. That’s my impression and I’m happy to help however I can.

Back to the main prompt behind this evening’s post…

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Christmas is Coming!

It’s that time of the year again and I’d really like to have a few small gifts coming out of the workshop very soon! There hasn’t been a lot of other action going on lately but, you may recall that I was looking at making a couple of boxes in a recent post.

“I don’t waste wood – only time!”

After work yesterday, I wrapped up warm, braved the cold and went out to sort through this pile of offcuts I’d accumulated weeks ago.

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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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Wood Machining Project 2009

About a year ago, I finished this relatively simple table, which was the wood-machining project for all second-year students in 2009. We were given twenty-six hours within which to complete the table and sand it ready for finishing – despite having to re-veneer the top and cut two new legs at one point (!!), I still managed to finish well within the allocated time (which equates to two full weeks or four-days in college, excluding breaks), although I did lose a few marks, as a consequence. We were only recently allowed to take these home and this has now given me a chance to think about finishing the piece…

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Update: ‘Furnish’ Exhibition – Details Confirmed!

Just a quick note to say that the ‘Furnish‘ furniutre exhibition for Bristol-based makers has been confirmed for July! This exhibition will be running from Thursday 8th ’til Wednesday 14th at Paintworks, which looks to be an excellent venue for both exhibitors and viewers alike. You’ll find more details instructions with map on their website but, for anyone who knows the area, they’re on the A4 (Bath road) heading towards Bath from the centre of Bristol, near Totterdown. Continue reading…

Looking Toward 2010

It may have taken me over two-months but, I’m now ready to make the transition over here, to WordPress! Sadly, it is time to close the door on my UKworkshop Blog; I hope we don’t lose many followers in the process! That blog was dead easy to easy and was, in fact, no more challenging than making a post on any the forums.  I feel it lacked the flexibility that some of the others sites can offer, which is why I’m here. I did also consider Blogger, which has proven to be very popular over the years. But, in trying to keep up with the times, WordPress appears to be the new no.1.

So, where to start?

As you some of you may have read in my previous blog, I am keen to participate in a local exhibition for Bristol-based furniture makers, early next year (currently pencilled in for February). Continue reading…

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