Fear not, I’m still alive and I do still have intentions of getting back in the workshop before Christmas! Other things have been taking over lately and, as I did state recently, I’m enjoying a bit of a break from my seven-year-long ‘obsession‘ with this craft.
As I mentioned on my Facebook page recently, I’m planning to make and complete a couple of boxes in time for Christmas. If I can, I’ll document them, write about them (not just here) and offer them for publication in a UK magazine. If I don’t keep them both then, I already have a recipient in mind for one and I may try to offer the other as well.
Right now, I’m just looking forward to completing a small but enjoyable project like this. It’s been about five-years since I last made a box like this!
Contrary to what you won’t have read anywhere, I am still alive!!
I apologise for my great absence from this blog. Not only is the cold weather (-8° in the centre of Bristol tonight, seriously?!?) keeping me far away from my workshop but I’m putting a lot of effort in to making 2012 in to a better year. Among other things, this has meant joining the internet dating scene, meeting people and making new friends… It takes a lot of time and effort but, as much as I still love woodworking, I hate feeling so alone in life.
Anyway. Today, I’m back with a brand-new video and the start of a new series. This was actually filmed several months ago; I think it was October but, it could well have been in September!! To this date, I still have some work to do on this project but, I hope you enjoy the show so far:
You haven’t missed much otherwise. I haven’t even opened the door to my workshop for several weeks and that plunge saw purchase seems to be fading away. Another house move is on the rise and, to be honest, I lost all patience with my landlord shortly after I moved in here, back in March! Work’s started slowly this year in my day job, which I don’t particularly enjoy much either.
If not for the difficulties I’ve had in trying to upload this video (coupled with the time I’ve spent agonising over a SketchUp drawing for a future magazine article) then, I’ve have had this second instalment online for you much sooner!
Part 2 in my series on making an octagonal towel stand.
It looks as though this is going to become another three-part series after all. I’ve tried hard to trim this second episode down as much as possible but, I feel I’ve got a lot of useful content in there. I start by turning the square post in to an octagonal section (picking up from where Part 1 left off) and getting everything ready for the finishing stage, which will come in Part 3, along with the assembly.
Sorry that you’ve had to wait so long for this. Hope that it’s been worth it, though!
I’d also like to thank Joe Abbott for pointing me in the direction of Windows Live Writer, which is compatible with any blogging software and is free to download. It’s dead easy to use and allows me to blog in ‘visual editor mode’ where WordPress appears to have started playing up for me of late (thanks again, Joe! ).
I have a second short-series for you in video format! It centres around the construction of a “simple” stand for rolls of paper towels commonly found in most kitchens, with an octagonal theme.
I’m also hoping that I’ll be able to keep this one down to only a two-part series, with the conclusion to follow later on this week (most of it’s been filmed; it just needs to be cut and spliced together).
Another fairly straight-forward build but, as always, comments are very welcome (don’t worry – I’m already well aware of the fact that my everyday voice lacks enthusiasm! :roll:). I’ve tried to take on board some of the points that Stuart commented on after the second Cutting Board video so, feedback is always welcome. Have I gone a bit OTT with the scene changes?
I would’ve updated this blog much sooner but, I’m having some “issues” with the Visual Editor in WordPress and, as yet, I have not found a solution or a cause for it… I have tried using several different browsers but, they all lead to the same end result. Have any other WordPress bloggers experienced similar trouble with new posts lately?
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!
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!).
Just in time for the half-term break, I got my arm chair all glued up at college. It’s quite a relief to finally reach this stage of this build in particular! Even though, I still have a bit of sanding and tidying up to do. To be honest, I’m not sure I would have had enough cramps, had I decided to do this one in my own workshop…
With two July exhibitions looming and a stack of 2in ash left over at college, I’m currently at the design stage for a side table to go with the “Two Tone Throne” [or, chair!!] that I’ve been making this year. My chair will feature at both exhibitions although, as I’m paying a bit extra for the Inspire show (several days after Furnish) and each maker/artist is allowed to exhibit two pieces, I feel it makes sense to try and produce one other piece within the time I have left; something that won’t have been exhibited elsewhere.