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Part 5 is A-Live!

Part 5 in my Picket Planters video series was uploaded to YouTube yesterday evening. I’ve dubbed it as the ‘penultimate’ episode in this particular playlist but, it may turn out to be the final video, as I realised (shortly after uploading) that I’ve mis-placed (perhaps, even, deleted) the final scenes of footage I recorded about two-months ago… 😳

All the ‘exciting’ stuff will have been witnessed, by the time you’ve finished watching this latest instalment so, you’re not missing out on much in the practical sense, at least, if this does end up being the last in the series. There’s only one scene that I can recall and that was basically me talking about the painted finish I had decided to go with – if the worst comes to it, I could always summarise that in an additional blog post, should the missing video footage not re-emerged (I have checked both of my SD cards).

As always, if you cannot get the video to load here for you on WordPress, please try clicking this link, which will take you directly to YouTube.

Comments are always welcome. I was actually quite pleased with this one. Alright, so I’m still about as vocal as a doormouse but, I thought that the animations and transitions between scenes worked very well…

With any luck, I’ll have another (more concise!) video series starting in a couple of weeks and, I’m also looking to round-off the long-forgotten Towel Stand Project in the near future… 😳

Thanks for reading and for watching.

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.

Oil Going Well?

Despite my regular absence from these pages lately, the two planters that I’ve quietly been working on are nearing completion. I will have some video for you in good time (or, you could browse through a selection of photos in my Flickr album).

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Bargain Wood

Last Sunday, I took a drive in to Bristol to collected a job-lot of 3x3in treated, sawn timber that was being advertised on one of the local sites. There were thirty-two lengths in total, each one measuring just under 4ft in length (given the untreated ends, it looks as though they were 2.4m lengths, cut in half). This same advert also appeared on eBay and the seller was asking for £40 for the lot. That is a very good deal, considering that you’d normally expect to spend £3 or £4 per length for 4ft 3x3in posts brand-new today. So, you can imagine how good I felt when he accepted my cash offer of £30… 😎

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