Self Storage for 2013?

This year is very nearly over, as we close in on the celebrations of Christmas time. I’d like to be able to reflect back on my woodworking for the past twelve-months but, I know already that I seem to have achieved less than in previous years. With news that my mum’s looking to sell her house in the new year and also, how I’m wanting to rent my own living space again, it feels as though it’s all closing in towards an end. Renting a small workshop is parts of the UK can cost almost as a one-bedroom flat. As we’re both looking to go in to renting, it’s unlikely that a landlord would allow either of us to keep a workshop at home, even if we do end up living somewhere that has a garage.

My current workshop, on a good day!

So, I feel I’m left with a choice…

Ultimately, I’m going to have to move out of this workshop. That’s already been decided.

Do I consider temporary self-storage for some of my larger machines and lesser-used power tools?

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After a Tidy Up

Last weekend, I actually spent a few hours in the workshop but, this was mostly dedicated to sweeping the floor and, generally, giving the whole place a pretty ‘deep clean’. That means wiping dust and collecting shavings from all horizontal surfaces (shelves, work tops and cupboards). It was the first time I’d done this in so long. Once the hard work was over, I really did feel so much better for it. Just being in a clean workshop… Everything felt so ‘clear’.

Another New Layout!

I try to keep the floor clean quite regularly but I must work harder to maintain areas like the spaces beneath my workbench (one downside of drilling dog holes!). There’s a huge psychological benefit to doing this and, with the new base recently completed for my 6in planer, I’ve been able to shuffle things around again…

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Spending, Again!!

You remember that ‘profit’ I talked about making on eBay last weekend? Well, it looks as though it may not even last me for one full week. Auction sites are very dangerous, at times. There I was, casually ‘watching’ an auction for a 6in/150mm surface planer (jointer) in Newport (just the other side of the River Severn). That one sold for only ┬ú200 and, in a moment of intrigue, I clicked on the ‘see similar items’, not expecting to find much. Certainly not anything even relatively close to home…

I picked it up this afternoon, straight after work – I’m glad I haven’t yet been able to sell my van! ­čśÇ

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Planer Fence Storage

This one actually popped up on YouTube in video form, several days. I’m also pleased to say that it’s had a few views already, with one person so inclined to add a comment as well, which is always welcomed.

One flaw in the ‘convenient’ design of many planer/thicknessers is that you have to remove (and store elsewhere) the fence before you can access the thicknesser. This isn’t usually a problem on larger, more expensive machines but, when you’re only prepared to pay less, you have to come up with your own solution for temporary storage of the fence, as I have done.

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While I’m Working…

A few weeks ago, The Wood Whisperer (Marc Spagnuolo) made an honest admission (with a video) that the current layout of his workshop, one-year on, was far from ideal when it comes to actually making something [see Shop Evaluation Update]. I thought it was great to be able to see the true state of his ‘shop, while he’s working – which is something you don’t get with with most Workshop Tours, since the author generally has a thorough tidy up and puts everything neatly back in to place, ready for the camera…

I’m equally as guilty of this myself. ­čś│ So, in order to clear my┬áconscience and┬ácleanse┬ámy soul, let’s take a look at how much ‘shop has been looking for the past week… ­čśĽ

Enter, if you dare...!!

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Planer Knife-Setting Jigs

A couple of years ago, Rutlands introduced a new knife-setting jig to their range for setting the blades accurately on surface planing and thicknessing machines (I guess you might also be able to use it on some spindle tooling as well). Since its first appearance in their catalogue, I hadn’t been able to find a single review or even a few brief comments from someone who might have bought one… They’re currently on special offer for this week and so, I decided to take a punt!

My new knife-setting jig.

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Gloves in the Workshop

In the current issue of British Woodworking, Steve Prescott writes (in response to a reader’s letter in the previous issue) in the defence of his use of ‘grippy gloves’ while operating machinery. This is the kind of subject that can raise a lot of debate…

Read on for my opinion (and experience)…