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Billy-Proof Fence

This may come as news to a lot of readers, as I don’t think I’ve mentioned it previously, but my mum and sister decided to welcome a new puppy in to their lives, a few weeks before Christmas.

His name is Billy and he’s a ‘Morkie’ (Maltese/Yorkshire Terrier-cross). Mum was asking about a temporary fence to cordon off the shared driveway. Because they live in rented accommodation as well, this needed to be a freestanding option.

I took some measurements, browsed around online and eventually came up with the following.

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Building the Shed (Part 1)

Today marks the six-year anniversary of this blog. It’s developed and re-developed quite a bit in that time and I’m grateful to those of you who have been following from the very beginning, along with everyone who has joined more recently. I will always write for as long as you are willing to read. 🙂

So, after constructing the base in two-hours on Friday afternoon; I decided to press on and see how far I could get building the shed itself, before the growl of my stomach became all too consuming and lured me away.

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Building the Shed Base

On Thursday, I took an afternoon off work to receive delivery of an 8ft x 6ft tongue-and-groove shed. This’ll be used for self-storage of items that are currently cluttering my home so, I’m more than happy to spend an initial outlay, as opposed to endlessly paying monthly rental fees at a large warehouse chain. I’m fortunate enough to have been granted a space away from my own home on which to erect this small garden building.

In this post, I’ll document the process of building a sturdy sub-base for the shed to sit on. I’ll emphasise now that this was designed with the word temporary in mind (there’s every chance it could have to move in a couple of years). If you plan on building a base for your decking, you may also find this very interesting.

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Arlington Court (Part 1)

Sunday 21st June 2015

This goes back my last day down in Exmoor, when I decided I would make good use of my newly-acquired National Trust membership. By now, I’d already packed up, loaded the boot of my car and was setting off in a westerly direction towards Barnstaple; leaving Somerset for North Devon.

I arrived at Arlington Court about five-minutes after they’d opened. The free car park had tonnes of space and despite crossing counties, it was only a thirty-minute drive from my campsite in Exford.

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Washer/Dryer on Wheels

Living in a home that’s still holding on to more than an average share of hand tools, it’s hard to resist that urge to pick them up and to make something. This one will feature as a YouTube video at some point but I’d like to share some photos with you now.

You may remember that I purchased a portable TecTake washer/dryer back in March and one of my goals since has been to make this compact unit fully portable. So, what I’ve gone and done is I’ve mounted it on wheels!

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Cutting the Clutter

We’re already halfway through February and I reckon I’ve got about 6 weeks left before my workshop needs to be empty. Over this weekend, I believe I may have secured a space in which to store (not use) my larger tools and machinery, along with my workbench. There are still two of three items that I intend to sell. On Friday afternoon, I had a good crack at sorting through some more of the unnecessary clutter.

Un-wanted and under-used jigs.

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Woodworking Update 13/01/2014

I haven’t written much about woodworking for a while. As you’re probably aware, I moved home not long ago and, for an indefinite amount of time, I still have access to the place where my tools are currently stored… I just don’t seem to have enough of the time, money or weather at the moment! But I am still keeping two projects on-the-go and, to be fair, they’ve been in said state for a while. This is what I wanted to share with you this evening.

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Short Rip Fence and an Update

I seem to be focussing heavily on video blogging lately and that’s distracting me from keeping this blog updated. There are lots of little updates and pieces happening most of them time and I find it far easier to either upload a Keek or maybe a photo to Instagram. I’m hoping that some of you have already seen my latest video but I’d like to bring it your attention today in case you haven’t seen it already:

It documents the making of a reversible short rip fence that I made for my Scheppach TKU saw bench. You could make the same thing for your own table saw or even for a bandsaw. It is dead simple to make and does feature the ‘shop-made T-track that I’ve used on other pieces in the past (namely my router tables). It was meant to be a short video but the final edit still surpasses the 10-minute mark (cut from over 40)! I tried putting music in the background of this one and it’s something I’ll try to stick with… But I’ll try to make it a bit quieter next time, as I can’t seem to make my voice any louder! 😛

This weekend, I’m hoping to upload the final instalment of my latest cutting board videos after they were very gratefully received by the client yesterday afternoon. There’s probably another one-hour-plus of footage to sift through so, I’d guess we’re looking at another 15-minute video (45 minutes in all… I should’ve made it a DVD!! :-D). I’ve had a lot of trouble with Windows Movie Maker lately but, fingers crossed, it is stable right now after much downloading and updating of various bits and pieces!

I’m also aware that today is the 1st of June and I’d like to be looking to move out of my mum’s home by Christmas, which will coincide with the dreaded clearout of my workshop… I could have three months left; I could have five. I recently put some sash clamps for sale over on UKWorkshop and there’ll be other little bits to come between now and whenever ‘then’ may be.

Thanks to you all. 🙂

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