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Book Box Balls-Up

In my last update, I believe the pair of book boxes I was making were edging close to completion (or, at least, the finishing stage). That was over two-months ago and, even though I’ve since effectively closed the door on that workshop for the time being, I can tell you that I worked on three separate (and a-little-bit-secret) items during the closing weeks.

Today’s update concludes the book box project for the time being.

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Wood Show

If you read this in time and, you’re not too far away then, there’s still time to visit the Yandles Autumn Woodworking Show down in Martock, Somerset, today. I spent a bit of time there yesterday afternoon (my van was making strange noises by the time I left the M5, which I suspect indicates an issue with a wheel bearing – first time I’d heard it in almost seven-months though). I had a good look around without seeing too much that interested me or, too many recognisable faces (usually, there are a few) but, I really went for the 15% discount on timber! 😉

To be honest, it is only during their shows that I do buy timber from Yandles. They’re not quite as cheap as some of the other suppliers I know of but then, you do get to pick out your own boards; each one is priced up and marked individually and, they even prepare (plane) one face for you, so that you can pretty much see what you’re buying.

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Improvisation

Sometimes, in life (and, in fact, in woodwork as well), a little improvisation can go a long way to getting you out of an awkward situation.

Before I moved in to my new place, with most of my stuff either in the new place or in the van, ready to go the next morning, I wanted to check my e-mails and do a bit of surfing to keep up with the goings on in the world of the internet. My problem was that, while I had access to my laptop (and an internet connection, through Wi-Fi), I didn’t have a desk or table to work on. But, what I did have were two bedside drawer units (again, in horrible hidden chipboard, made to look like sapele – a poor man’s mahogany – as well!) and so, I was able to do this:

Not only did the stacked height make for a comfortable working position while standing (I never would’ve been able to get my legs in close enough, had I tried to sit down at one of these) but, by removing the top drawer and reinserting it upside-down, I had a convenient surface on which I could use my mouse, too! All that’s missing is the obligatory cup of tea… 😉

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Wall Cabinet Woes

With one-week left to go on my course at college, I’ve almost exhausted the allocated twenty-six hours allocated to work on this wall cabinet and yet, I’ve still got the doors to fit and hang. If all had gone as according to plan, I probably would’ve had it all finished by now, but for Thursday, which was a pretty horrendous day for making mistakes…

Just the doors left to hang...

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Wall Cabinet Design

With barely one-month left to run on my college course, there’s just enough time to squeeze in a wood-machining project (practical exam) before we say goodbye. This year, it’s the wall cabinet – some of us were hoping we’d be making these twelve-moths ago. Second-years’ have it easy; all the wood is machined for them… They only have to cut all the joints, assemble and prepare it for finishing within the allocated twenty-six hours… For those of us at Level 3 though, we’ll have to machine all our own timber and, first of all, come up with a design!

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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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