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Ripping Through

I awoke this morning to find rain on the ground outside. It looked as though the forecasters were right and, as a consequence, I was concerned that I might not have been able to rip my boards down today. There’s limited space inside my workshop to even use a table saw, let alone to store the Scheppach TKU I’ve had since September. Setting up outside would also allow the (lack of) dust extraction to have the best chance of not leaving my workshop in a mess…

Ripping on the Scheppach TKU

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How Do You Hang Yours?

It’s quite shocking to think that I’ve been living on my own for almost five-months now and yet, I’m still using the window sill of my “bijou” bathroom as a convenient means of keeping a roll of toilet within arm’s reach! 😳 It doesn’t look tidy and that’s something which generally bothers me. I’ve been looking around at the prices of various steel or chrome-finished products (to fit in with the other bathroom fittings and furniture), ready to buy off the shelf and they were either surprisingly dear or, at the other end, the cheap ones just looked nasty and tacky.

So, armed with a spare length of 1in thick English beech (about 4in wide; I think this was a spare length that I didn’t use on my workbench drawer fronts), this has become yet another small project where I could make something useful out of, well, almost nothing (…scrap wood!).

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Bench Repair (Part 3)

Having cut and cleaned out all the mortises in my previous session working on this bench, my next job was to cut the tenons on each end of the seven slats. With relatively small components like this, I like to use my faithful router sled to gauge the thickness by making a single pass across each face.

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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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Simple Tenon Jig

Before I could start cutting any tenons on the side table I’m currently building, I needed to build a new tenon-cutting jig for my router table.  For the past two-to-three years, I’ve been happily using a jig designed by Steve Maskery (of Workshop Essentials), which has some great features and works very well with a ordinary, twin-flute straight cutters. However, my reason for building a new jig is that I want to be able to use my tenon cutter from Wealden but, my Freud router doesn’t plunge far enough…

So, I came up with two jigs!

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