As you’re probably aware, the UK has been hit by a heavy dosage of snow recently and, last night (or, early morning), it was time for the south-west of England to receive its fair share. This is where I’m glad that I have a job where I only have to work half a day on a Friday… I’m more encouraged to make an effort to get in to work on time (which I did) and, I still get the whole afternoon to go out and to enjoy these rare sights of whiteness.
I think this is the first time we’ve had any proper snowfall for two-years? At least, in this part of the country. Apparently, another couple of showers are forecast for tomorrow morning as well.
When I have more time, I’ll make a better effort to collate all the photos I’ve taken (currently counting 89, including this one), upload them in to a Flickr album and to then inform you all with a new blog post. Photography is a part-time interest of mine and so, it deserves a place on this blog.
Before I have to go and do other things, I just wanted to share this one image with you because, amongst my list of many other things to do, I still need to pick-up, repair and refit a 4ft tall fence panel that blew down months ago. I’m hoping that it doesn’t need replacing. If I have to cut some new battens for it then, hey, I also get to use my workshop! 😉
As you can tell, now is not the time for me to be running blades and bits at several thousands of RPM when I can barely feel my toes sometimes. I do need to go out there and seriously sort out my first pile of tools to sell though (hand and power tools that I can manage without).
Over the weekend, I made further progress on the bench seat repair and started by preparing all my previously sawn stock down to finished dimensions.
When I’m working with timber that’s been at least partially sawn on a circular saw, which leaves a much cleaner finish than most bandsaw blades, I find it helpful to scribble over the sawn faces to void confusion later. Unless your planer knives are razor-sharp, it can sometimes be tricky to distinguish the prepared face and edge from the two other surfaces… On a few occasions, yes, I have made the mistake of referencing off the wrong face and edges when feeding stock through a thicknesser! 😳
At last!! The final three coats of emulsion have been applied to my workshop’s walls!! Now, behind my sliding compound mitre saw, the limited light reflects back at me, instead of disappearing off in to the once deep, dark and murky masonry pores.
It’s almost time for me to say goodbye to the bruised and abused Ford Escort, a surprise eighteenth birthday present back in 2003, which has surprised all the doubters in making it this far. If it wasn’t for my own negligence in failing to check the level of oil in the engine back in September then, no doubt, I’d be looking to renew both my tax and insurance at the end of this month. Instead, the old hatchback from 1994 is destined for a scrap yard – well, it never was going to be the ‘ultimate woodworking vehicle‘…
A few weeks ago, I was presented with the opportunity to purchase a 1999 Renault Kangoo van with a 1.9lt diesel engine and, having watched many used Citroen Berlingos and similar small vans go for the best part of £2,000 on eBay during the past six-months, I would’ve been mad to have dismissed the chance to purchase this one, with only 68,000 miles on its clock.
Having officially finished the suspended floor now, I’ve taken a little bit of time to film this short, ‘silent’ video-tour of my workshop in its current state, before I’ve really had a chance to start clearing off the shelves, removed the two floor-standing units and, generally, reshuffled everything around for better optimisation of my current space.
As you’ll see in the video, there’s still a lot of work to be done before I can get back to some proper woodwork again! Hopefully, most of this will have been resolved by the time I come to release a second video-tour, in a couple of weeks.
…Yes, there is a little irony in the title of the song playing on the radio! 😀
Shortly before Christmas, I purchased an 8in Dovetail Saw Kit from Workshop Heaven (made by Atkinson Walker in Sheffiled). This kit is based around the same idea of the Gramercy 9in Saw Kit, which has become quite popular in America; they supply all the parts and you customise your own personal handle from your preferred species of wood. Yesterday, I finished shaping my own handle for the Atkinson Walker saw and I wanted to share my thoughts and experience of this.