Earlier this week, we passed the 100,000 mark for all-time views to this site and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s subscribed, commented and also to those who only check in occasionally. It all helps and I’m very grateful to anyone who takes even a small amount of their time to glance over these pages – THANK YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d like to try and provide you with some interesting stats on this blog, which has been running since August 2009 (if I remember correctly – I’m not sure where to find the start date)…

By a long mile, the majority of my hits come from readers in the UK, followed next by the USA, Canada and then some of the larger European nations, like Germany, with Australia not far behind. More recently though (in the last month), I’ve seen an increase in traffic from countries like Lithuania, Russia, Croatia and even Thailand. Wow!

My busiest day was on September 20th 2011, when I received 318 hits.

I currently average around 4,000 hits per month, which appears to approximate between 100-150 visits each day. Back when I started this, I was struggling to reach 1,000 a month. To see this figure quadruple in three-years means a lot to me! If I can attract more interest from the US then, who knows, maybe I could even try to double the current standings!

Three most popular search terms leading people to this site are “tuff saws”, “quangsheng” and “quangsheng planes”.

My review of the Work Sharp 3000 is one of the most popular pages (after the home page, etc.).

Aside from general search engine terms, most of my referrals have come from my signature on the UKworkshop forum, Workshop Heaven’s blog and Flowering Elbow.

My Most Popular ‘Click’!

This image is one of my all-time most popular ‘Clicks’; creating a brown oak raised and fielded panel using a Quangsheng Rebating Block Plane.

Before posting this, there are a total of 455 comments on this site (does that include ping an trackbacks?), averaging 12 comments per month. 15th February 2011 was the most active day for comments and 21.00 seems to be the most active time of day.

My followers include 88 who are subscribed to this blog, 32 subscribed to comments (I think that’s what it means?), 412 following through Twitter and 12 watching from Facebook.

In three-years, I’ve made a total of 264 posts (including this one) and, apparently, have received 14,280 spam comments!!

I don’t know what else to say, other than thank you again to everyone who’s been involved so far. I know I have my quiet moments where I tend not to post anything for weeks at a time but, I have no intention of giving up this part of my life just yet. It’s one of the few things that keeps me going at times. I only wish that work didn’t get in the way! ๐Ÿ˜›

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Recent Shopping

As I recently posted that rather blatant advertisement for Workshop Heaven’sFree Shipping Fortnight‘ on these pages recently, I may as well show you what I ended up buying. I didn’t spend nearly as much as I would have like; most of the small items I purchased will simply aid me in my day-job, where we regularly have to drill precisely-sized holes in combinations of timber and plywood.

One thing I neglected to mention is that, after moving premises recently, Workshop Heaven have also revamped their website. There may still be products to be added to the database and, at these early stages, you may encounter one or two ‘hiccups’ with site navigation but, it has to be said; it is even cleaner and much faster to load than their previous pages.

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Free Shipping at Workshop Heaven

Without discretion, this is a brief reminder/alert for anyone in the UK that Workshop Heaven are offering free delivery on all orders up until the 26th of November – meaning you have only two days left in which to place your order! If you’re subscribed to their e-mails then, hopefully, you already knew this and had’t forgotten. To all others, I apologise for not bringing this to your attention sooner as the offer was introduced to last a full fortnight. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

My order went through on Tuesday night. I haven’t spent nearly as much as what I would have liked. I merely needed a few new drill bits and a 1ยพin wide Clifton chip-breaker/cap iron for one of my ‘specialist‘ hand planes (I can’t figure out why these ones are slightly dearer than the 2in irons…?) – more on that in a future blog post!

So, if you haven’t done so already and you’ve previously been putting off from shopping with Workshop Heaven because of postal charges (???) then, you have forty-eight hours left in which to do so! Why not buy yourself something you really want for Christmas…! ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Making a T&G Gate (Part 3)

As we take one giant leap backwards to a point before the second post on this project, we begin to discover just how messed up the timeline is on this one! At least, with the way Iโ€™ve posted itโ€ฆ

Of course, before I could fit the gate in to its newly-created opening, even for a single night, I had to trim the boards so that the gate would actually fitโ€ฆ

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A Timely Reminder

After a couple of weeks with temperatures near the milder regions, the mercury seems to have dropped right back down again, tonight, with some light snow showers apparently forecast for the weekend… All these ups-and-downs can wreak havoc on any unprotected steel or cast iron in your workshop, particularly when the temperature rises after a cold spell and condensation begins to form. As you may recall, I had some trouble with exactly that a year ago, after putting some effort in to insulating the up-and-over garage door and sealing the surrounding gaps to reduce draughts.

Well, I’ve been a little bit fortunate this year… It wasn’t the condensation that hit my bobbin sander hard, it was the 2in hole in the roof!! ๐Ÿ˜ก

It’s my own fault for not tidying up properly and putting things back in their place when I was previously in the workshop about a week ago. This wasn’t a very pleasing site to discover earlier today, let me tell you! There it was, just to the left as you walk in through the main door.

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Planemaker of the Year 2010 Entry

As we cross the deadline for British Woodworking’s Planemaker of the Year 2010 challenge [apologies if I hadn’t mentioned it before!], I’m now happy to walk you through the design of my entry. I also understand that all entries will be on display at the European Woodworking Show, early next month.

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