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Coming Together

Just a bit of an update for you on how things are going, as I’m part way between completing the final glue-ups of these boards; making my way in and out of the workshop throughout the course of the weekend in order to remove one board from the clamps and then to insert another.

Crosscutting with a skil saw.

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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.

Picket Planters (Part 1)

I know it’s wrong of me to begin uploading another series before officially ending the previous one (I still haven’t filmed the final scene for the Kitchen Towel Stand project) but, I’d like to get the first two videos on the planters I’ve been making online fairly quickly. There’s a lot of machining covered in these first two parts and I know that may not be of as much interest to everyone as the later scenes.

Part 1 is also a great advert for the Supertuff Fastcut blades available from Tuff Saws in the UK. I’m aiming to get Part 2  ready in the next couple of days and will let you know as soon as it’s online.

Thank you.

End-Grain Cutting Boards Video (Part 1)

I’ve just finished uploading my latest video to YouTube! It’s the first in a short series on how I recently made a small batch of ‘end-grain’ cutting boards. I like to think there are some techniques that you won’t have seen before (in fact, I managed to avoid using my table saw throughout it all! 8-)) but, all comments are welcome; good and bad; both here and directly on YouTube.

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Instalment number two isn’t very far away. All the footage has been loaded on to my computer and I just need to sit down and organise it all (the real time-consumer!). In my next series of videos, I’ll try to talk more… 😳 There’s not a lot I can do about the visual quality right now, unfortunately. It’s a bit of an experiment for me so, any feedback would be most greatly appreciated. 🙂

What do you like? What don’t you like? Is there something I could’ve done more of? Maybe less of that? I appreciate that not every woodworker will appreciate the sounds of Joe Satriani and Sammy Hagar among others…! 😉

Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoy the show. 🙂

Workshop Floor – Done!

After fighting with a bad cold for the previous week, I finally got back in the workshop today to finish fitting the floorboards of my latest workshop ‘accessory’.

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Workbench Recap

Back in the Summer of 2009, I built ‘my own’ workbench from British beech and briefly documented the build process on my previous blog, over on the UKworkshop site. Sadly, this function of the site is no longer available, even to viewers – which is a shame, as I used to see a fair amount of traffic coming through to this blog from there… 😉 For the not-too-distant future, I’m considering a couple more upgrades for my ‘bench, which would basically involve splitting the top in two (so that I could centralise the tool well) and fit a wagon vice on one end; all as detailed in the brand-new issue of British Woodworking magazine. For a preview on that article, if you haven’t seen this issue, take a look at Nick Gibbs’ blog. In the mean time, I thought I’d keep you entertained with a second look (for some) of how it all went together. Of course, for those of you who haven’t seen this ‘bench before, I hope there’s something you can take away from it all.

It all started when I flattened my car following a routine trip to Interesting Timbers

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‘Dart’ Circular Saw Blades

A few weeks after purchasing my PK200 table saw back in September, I took a chance on a couple of new German-made saw blades from SawShop.co.uk. I’d not heard of either company at the time but spotted an ad in the back of Good Woodworking magazine for “German quality circular saw blades“. At only £30 for a pair of 210mm blades for my saw (one with 28t, the other 60t), I decided it was worth a punt.

Before Christmas, I managed to film the following low-quality footage while ripping some timber for my Secret Santa gifts and the MDF for some workshop accessories. I have more comments to add further down and, as always, would welcome any from yourselves.

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Supertuff “Fastcut” Bandsaw Blades

Note the irregular tooth pattern.

As mentioned in a recent post, Ian John is back in business trading under the name of Tuff Saws. I’ve been happily using a ½”x4tpi thin-kerf blade since December but today’s post is all about a “Fastcut” from the Supertuff range. I’ve been eager to try this one out since it arrived and, today, I even managed to shoot a couple of brief videos to show you how it performs.

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