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A Bad Turn

I’ve been Keeking a lot lately about a project I started. It was something that I initially wanted to remain as ‘secret’ until a big unveiling with a YouTube video; laminating layer after layer of American lime from my offcuts stash, as the odd follower made their guess or suggestion as to what it might be. Two people were very close and in fact, it you were to halve each of their answers (bandsaw box and a turned bowl) and to bring two of those halves together, you would’ve come to the correct conclusion of a Bandsaw Bowl.

This is why you shouldn’t operate a bandsaw at 21.30…

It was all going so well until I mounted it on a circle cutting jig last night. Now, this beech lump o’ lime looks like to find a space in one of my stocked up bags of firewood, ready for collection by someone… From somewhere.

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Once Upon a Wall Shelf

I’ll save you from another moan about my lack of money as it certainly doesn’t have to halt your productivity, when it comes to working with wood. If it’s suitable for what you intend to make or build then, there are many options available if you’re wanting to get your hands on some ‘free’ wood. Some people prefer to break up old pallets, for example, which can be great for outdoor stuff. You might have to work a bit harder to carefully salvage what you can, de-nail it and then to clean it up a bit but, there are rewards to be gained in the long run. This time though, I’ve opted to recycle a piece of furniture I made back in the summer of 2005, when I was just beginning to discover the ‘workshop‘ that had been lurking around the back of our house for over a year…

Actually, this was the first project I completed in my own workshop (which I still occupy, to this day). How I wish I had some photos of the space back then… It really was such a contrast to today’s ‘shop… While it was dark, there was also lots of SPACE! I used to manage quite well with just a few decent power tools and a cheap and nasty table saw (no planer/thicknesser; all timber bought in as PAR). I often wonder it would be like to go back to those roots… Maybe I will, some day.

But, Power Tool Woodworking is for another post, a different day and hopefully not for another year or so just yet! Let’s get on and take a look at what I’ve been working on, now that I’m back in action…

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DVD Wall Shelf (Part 3)

For one reason or another, it’s been almost two-months since I lasted updated you on the American lime wall shelf I was building to re-house my over-blown DVD collection, following a house move at the end of March. I finished the project (with several coats of Chestnut Acrylic Lacquer) shortly after part two but, it was only last week that I got around to the task of hanging the unit on a plasterboard wall…

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Too Many DVDs?

When I first started woodworking at home, back in the summer of 2005, the very first piece I made was a simple ‘Craftsman-style‘ wall shelf in pine (Scandinavian, joinery-grade redwood). I took the plans directly from a book [The World’s Best Storage and Shelving Projects] and modified various dimensions in order for the unit to accommodate my stash of DVDs. Despite its garish appearance with the tung oil finish and the crudeness of some of the joints I used (particularly the beech dowels used to peg the shelves), this wall shelf made the move with me to my new home at the end of March this year. All in spite of the fact that, with a total capacity for forty-eight DVDs on each of the two lower shelves, it wasn’t long after the completion date that my DVD collection had over-grown [thanks, Play.com and CD-WOW!!] and I was having to stack cases on top of the unit to try and keep things ‘organised’!

One Shelf... Too Many DVDs!

It’s taken me almost six-years to make this decision but, I’ve decided now that the time is right to build a new wall shelf with increased capacity!

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Wall Shelf Completed

Some of you may have already seen this on The Wood Haven a few weeks ago but, for all you other woodworkers out there, I recently finished an Arts & Crafts or “Craftsman“-style wall shelf made from solid English oak offcuts I’d had lying around for a while.

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Wall Shelf Workings

On Friday and immediately after taking those photos for the latest Workshop Tour, I began sorting through my offcuts of 1in English oak. This stuff was left over from a dining table I made about a year ago, for which I had to buy a load of new boards for the top at the last-minute, which had left me with this pile until recently:

I need to start working through my offcuts in order to clear some space in the workshop. However, the only item I really ‘need‘ at the minute is a general storage shelf; the depth of which should allow me to make use of the narrow widths available…

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