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HomemadeTools.net (as featured on)

With many thanks to the administrator, Jonathan Rubinstien, I received an e-mail notification several weeks ago that a home-made blade-setting jig I’d created has also been featured on the HomemadeTools.net encyclopedia.

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Self Storage for 2013?

This year is very nearly over, as we close in on the celebrations of Christmas time. I’d like to be able to reflect back on my woodworking for the past twelve-months but, I know already that I seem to have achieved less than in previous years. With news that my mum’s looking to sell her house in the new year and also, how I’m wanting to rent my own living space again, it feels as though it’s all closing in towards an end. Renting a small workshop is parts of the UK can cost almost as a one-bedroom flat. As we’re both looking to go in to renting, it’s unlikely that a landlord would allow either of us to keep a workshop at home, even if we do end up living somewhere that has a garage.

My current workshop, on a good day!

So, I feel I’m left with a choice…

Ultimately, I’m going to have to move out of this workshop. That’s already been decided.

Do I consider temporary self-storage for some of my larger machines and lesser-used power tools?

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After a Tidy Up

Last weekend, I actually spent a few hours in the workshop but, this was mostly dedicated to sweeping the floor and, generally, giving the whole place a pretty ‘deep clean’. That means wiping dust and collecting shavings from all horizontal surfaces (shelves, work tops and cupboards). It was the first time I’d done this in so long. Once the hard work was over, I really did feel so much better for it. Just being in a clean workshop… Everything felt so ‘clear’.

Another New Layout!

I try to keep the floor clean quite regularly but I must work harder to maintain areas like the spaces beneath my workbench (one downside of drilling dog holes!). There’s a huge psychological benefit to doing this and, with the new base recently completed for my 6in planer, I’ve been able to shuffle things around again…

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An Extra Mention

When I made that mobile planer base, I forgot to give thanks to one person in particular who e-mailed me a few months ago. It was a man called Bob (father of John), who wanted to share a link at Guy Lautard’s website, which featured an inspiring design for a mobile base or ‘dolly’ with recessed castors. If I had a sheet of ply to hand at the time, I may well have copied this one down to a tee!

http://lautard.com/casters.html

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading,

Mobile Planer (Jointer) Base

It may be Sunday night but, there’s reason to be cheerful as I have a second blog post for you and a brand-new video to share with it! 😀 I feel like I’m on something of a high at the moment… Haven’t felt like this in a while so, excuse me if I sound more upbeat than I have done in previous weeks or months.

If you’re interested in building your own mobile machine base from wood, using plenty of glue, screws and coach bolts then, this may well be of interest to you. I didn’t fancy spending £40 on another metal job with only two rotating castors and adjustable feet that constantly need levelling on an uneven floor and, I must say, I’m quite pleased with what I’ve made this weekend.

I apologise for the lack of ‘voice’ towards the end – one day, I’ll buy a microphone and a better video camera to go with it!

It’s only a shame I don’t take any photos on the rare occasion now that I do produce a video. I’ve been thinking about buying a large SD card for too long… All those minutes stood infront of the camera and reshooting scenes leaves no room for finished snaps or progress shots. A spare battery wouldn’t go amiss either!

All comments and thoughts are appreciated, as always.

Thanks for reading and for watching. 🙂

Planer Fence Storage

This one actually popped up on YouTube in video form, several days. I’m also pleased to say that it’s had a few views already, with one person so inclined to add a comment as well, which is always welcomed.

One flaw in the ‘convenient’ design of many planer/thicknessers is that you have to remove (and store elsewhere) the fence before you can access the thicknesser. This isn’t usually a problem on larger, more expensive machines but, when you’re only prepared to pay less, you have to come up with your own solution for temporary storage of the fence, as I have done.

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While I’m Working…

A few weeks ago, The Wood Whisperer (Marc Spagnuolo) made an honest admission (with a video) that the current layout of his workshop, one-year on, was far from ideal when it comes to actually making something [see Shop Evaluation Update]. I thought it was great to be able to see the true state of his ‘shop, while he’s working – which is something you don’t get with with most Workshop Tours, since the author generally has a thorough tidy up and puts everything neatly back in to place, ready for the camera…

I’m equally as guilty of this myself. 😳 So, in order to clear my conscience and cleanse my soul, let’s take a look at how much ‘shop has been looking for the past week… 😕

Enter, if you dare...!!

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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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