Some of you may recall that I had to replace a rotten fence post last spring, repairing the breeze-battered panel in the process. That’s been bringing a lot of traffic to my site recently, which my come as know surprise to you, if you live in the UK and you’ve had to experience some of the recent natural forces. I had to do the same again last weekend but on the opposite fence and so, I thought I’d write about that as well, because there are some differences.
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. 🙂
Work on my mum’s bathroom floor began late on Saturday morning. I was waiting longer than expected for my dad to arrive with the necessary materials that would never fit inside my own van. Plus, he has all the plumbing tools that I do not. I think the best way to start this one of would be to show you the state of the floor, once we’d removed, boxed and binned the majority of the tiles and timber…
…Now that you’re eyes have returned to their sockets; I hope you’re able to see that each of the joists was rotten; far worse than I’d expected! The guy who did the boiler took a quick peak and told us as much a day earlier. I was sceptical and didn’t honestly look closely enough during my own inspection. That joist one in from the external wall (with the soil pipe) disintegrated under the weight of my father’s feet as he wrestled to free the toilet from its holding.
If I’m going to have to clear out my workshop at some point this year then, I’m going to need to ensure that all of my machines can be moved easily, even if they only end up going in to the back of someone else’s car or van. Most of my machinery is already catered for in that respect. My mortiser will need looking at (that’s got to be close to 200kg in weight) but first, I’m turning my attention to the Scheppach TKU Site Saw I was given a few months ago.
As soon as we slid (and scraped) it inside the door, I wanted to come up with a design for a mobile base that would allow me to easily lock it in position for cutting. I struggled on my own and so, have procrastinated until now. It’s thanks to a YouTube video (which you can watch below) that I’ve found my inspiration for this one.
Winter often seems to bring an welcome measure of wet weather to the UK and this season so far has been no exception. We had dry days in the autumn but the summer was a near-complete washout. All this rain adds moisture to the air and this can wreak havoc with any timber features of our homes and the need for them to function smoothly.
Doors and windows mostly but, today, I want to focus on the tongue and groove gate I made in 2011.
There’s been a least one ‘white goods’ item (in this case, a chest freezer) in my workshop since the very day I started woodworking. Occasionally, I would use it as a part-time assembly and storage table (dumping ground), until the day I made a right mess of the top; covering it with a wide mixture of teak and linseed oil, among others! After that, I decided I would try to ‘protect’ it with a chipboard top (too little, too late). This freezer hasn’t been active for the best part of two-years now but, I know that the insane weight of my cast iron, benchtop mortiser can’t be doing it any good. I also know that, one day, it may be called in to service, which is why I spent the previous weekend working on a solution that would be better for everyone.
Here’s a photo of what it used to be like, taken almost six-months ago:
Remember those videos I shot of the end-grain cutting boards project a few months ago? Yeah, they went down really well and, what’s more, they seem to be experiencing continual growth on a gradual basis. One was a gift to my mother and the other two of the larger ones still remain unused in one of my kitchen cupboards – I’ve found that the smallest square (not rectangular) size actually suits me very well for sandwich-making and for the buttering of toast.
And then, only two-weeks ago, I noticed this: