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Making a T&G Gate (Part 3)

As we take one giant leap backwards to a point before the second post on this project, we begin to discover just how messed up the timeline is on this one! At least, with the way I’ve posted it…

Of course, before I could fit the gate in to its newly-created opening, even for a single night, I had to trim the boards so that the gate would actually fit…

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Defining Insanity?

So much procrastination isn’t good for your soul, which is why I’m quite anxious about revealing something else that I’ve been up to in and around the other projects… All you need to know, for now, is that it involved making a broom handle!

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Storing Bandsaw Blades

With all that’s gone in recently inside my workshop (reorganisation, etc.), I’ve again found myself up against the challenge of conveniently and safely storing bandsaw blades. When I had my smaller bandsaw, I could happily hang all my blades inside the plywood base cabinet I had made. But, with the Startrite 401e being such a monster and all, sitting that on top of any kind of box construction really isn’t an option. So, I’ve had to hang them elsewhere (for now) on the right-hand end of my mitre saw station:

Having put up a load of spur shelving in recent weeks, I really don’t have the wall space to spare for an alternative solution. That hook is one that I bought as a bulk pack from Toolstation and, as I had a scrap length lying around, I decided to line it with foam pipe insulation or lagging, which should do a good job of protecting the teeth (which are, of course, all pointing inwards!).

It would’ve been nice if I still had some space for a wall-mounted cabinet but, for now, I’ll have to see how this system works… I don’t really envisage ever having more blades than this collection ‘in stock’ at one time so, that shouldn’t be a problem. There is still the threat (albeit, a minor one) that the teeth on this nearside could pose a thread to passers by but, I think of much else to be concerned about beyond that.

How do you store your bandsaw blades?

Thanks for reading.

Time to Paint

Another couple of weeks and I’ll be moving out on my own; a good couple of miles away from my current workshop. That means that any time I intend to spend in this current workshop after the move (while I still have access to it) has got to be spent doing something productive; not wasting time fiddling with the settings on a tool or machine, or trying to reorganise my workshop for the umpteenth time. I know I’ll be needing a few things for my new home and, although it will mostly be made from pine due to costs, I’ll need to be ready to get on with it. That’s why I’m currently working hard to get my workshop in order, now, before the move.

With the suspended floor as good as complete, I’ve turned my attention now to sorting through all the household junk and clutter. I’ve already filled the boot of my car twice in taking stuff to the local recycling centre and, thanks to a large amount of interest from an ad I placed in my local Freecycle group, I promptly found a taker for the 6ft long shelving unit that was hogging lots of space near the door:

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Post Christmas Purchases

January is often seen as a good time of year to grab a bargain on, well, anything – but, here, I’m talking about woodworking tools, of course! Well, not exactly spinning circular saws or routers but the recent seasonal discounts offered by Axminster and Rutlands have allowed me to stock up on a few essential purchases, in addition to the brand-new Bench Cookies I recently added. These aren’t all intended to be used solely in the workshop; several items have been purchased with scribing and on-site fitting in mind and for general carpentry jobs that could become the ‘bread and butter‘ of my future furniture making business.

It all started with this set of Stabila spirit levels

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Side Table Update

Since the last update on the side table I’m building, I’ve got to the position now where the frame is all glued up and I’m now well in to working on the quartered walnut-veneered top. While I’ve kept my progress posts updated regularly on a couple of UK woodworking forums, I do apologise for not keeping you guys better informed here, on my blog – it’s just that, I’ve learnt so much from the forums over the years that I feel like I almost ‘owe’ them something in return… Sorting through my images and typing all that text can take a good hour, after which, there aren’t always enough hours in the day to start blogging (it is World Cup season, after all!! 😀 …No, as an Englishman, I probably shouldn’t be smiling, at this point!).

The first dry-assembly.

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