It’s probably fitting that my first proper post this year is about buying more wood, rather than actually doing anything with it!
Wood Recycling Project
I have a couple of days off work to coincide with a school holiday, so after a morning pottering around town getting haircuts for most of the family, I had the afternoon to myself.
I went to check out a local Wood Recycling Project which I’d driven past a few months ago.
It’s based in a large barn and has a large amount of reclaimed wood:
As well as all the pine, ply and OSB/chipboard you’d expect from a project which provides wood waste collection services to the construction industry there are other more exciting things, such as cable drums and offcuts of oak beams from a local timber frame company.
There was even an old park sign turned into a garden bench and something that looked like part of a Church:
Posted in Purchases, Wood
Tagged ash, beech, black walnut, cedar, oak, recycled timber, recycled wood, timber, timber storage, timber yard, walnut, wenban smith, wenbans, wood, Wood Recycling Project
The other week we went on holiday to The Manor House Hotel in Devon.
It’s in a beautiful setting (although effectively being a large collection of barn like structures, it does little to enhance this!)
As well as the myriad activities for the children and the Spa for my wife, a few caught my eye:
For some reason I was convinced there was a woodturning class, but there wasn’t (and never has been).
Posted in Personal, Training
Tagged CNC, Computer assisted router, Deco 402, Devon, holiday, Manor House Hotel, mitre saw, mount cutting, Nobex, picture frame, picture framing, Proman, Proman 110, scheppach, scrollsaw
[A combination of health problems and bereavement have conspired against me getting any time in the workshop (or even at car boot sales! 😦 ) but here’s a post I’ve been writing for a while]
I suspect I’m not alone in thinking that given the time and money I’ve spent building up my workshop over again I might do things differently.
Workshop, Jan 2012
My workshop started taking shape in January 2012 and has steadily improved since then.
There’s still a long way to go, and I fear one of the next steps will be to empty it, insulate & rewire it and start laying it out again from scratch.
It’s unrealistic to think that if I had my time over again I could do much different – I could perhaps concentrated on emptying out the garage a bit more before I started filling it with tools, but this would have meant I had to wait much longer to have something I could call a workshop and I may have lost motivation/interest …
The most realistic things I’d try to do given my time over again is to get a proper workbench and vice into the workshop a lot earlier than I did and maybe paint the walls.
Posted in Hand tools, Jigs Fixtures & Appliances, Machinery, Power tools, Projects, Purchases, Setting up shop, Tools, Workbenches, Workshop
Tagged minimal workshop, minimum machinery, order of purchases, setting up, single garage, single garage workshop, woodwork, woodworking, Workshop
I’m back online after being suspended by WordPress for about 48 hours!
Apparently this post on my new Car Booty blog triggered one of their automated systems which enforce their Terms & Conditions.
I’ve had no information from WordPress on why this post triggered the alerts, or how to avoid it happening again, but I assume it was down to the number of Amazon affiliates links in the post (which were in turn due to the small number of tools and the large number of books & toys for my children that I bought at that car boot sale).
I presume the system thought I was in breach of the following clause:
the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated,
and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content
designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the
search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further
unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to
the source of the material (such as spoofing);
I’m pretty fed up that they can be so quick to disable a blog without providing an equally speedy way of re-enabling it, or at least getting a timely response.
Although I could guess what the problem was, once my blog was disabled I was unable to edit or delete the offending post and all the “contact us as soon as possible” links resulted in no response for 2 days (I believe their only commitment is 2 working days, so it could have been worse!)
Posted in Off-topic, Polls
Tagged account, affiliate links, affiliates, Amazon, blocked, blog, Blogger, blogging, disabled, offline, poor customer service, suspended, Terms & Conditions, WordPress
I was on my own with both girls for most of the weekend, while my wife studied.
Saturday wasn’t a great day as they were both pretty tired and stroppy, but yesterday was much better (despite the weather) and we spent most of the day in various local playgrounds.
This dead* tree in one of the playgrounds caught my eye:
(* = or at least extremely harshly pollarded – it stops in a stump a few feet above the top of the photo, with no branches at all)
Dead tree in a local playground
Larger photos and an explanation of the post title after the jump 🙂 …
Posted in Off-topic, Personal
Tagged bark, burls, carved bear, daughters, dead tree, family, Fitbit, pedometer, playground, stump, tree
I didn’t get any time in the workshop during the week.
Yesterday was spent at a family birthday in a rural village hall, where I noticed this rather nice little toggle/latch, holding a long trestle table against the wall:
Something about the shape and simplicity made me like it.
Today we went to Pease Pottage car boot sale in the morning, but with the uncertain weather there was a very low turn out of stallholders (the main field was probably less than half full).
There were only 3 stalls with any hand tools on at all and most were cheap rubbish that had been abused, so I didn’t find anything at all to
waste spend my money on.
This afternoon I was able to complete the vice bases.
One of the wooden planes in my recent eBay purchase was broken in transit, with a clean break in the tote:
As with last time I glued a tote I’ve used weatherproof glue so I don’t need to worry about sweaty hands damaging the joint.
Posted in Hand tools, Restoration, Tools
Tagged broken plane tote, C Nurse, ebay, fixing, glue, glueing, Irwin, mending, plane tote, quick clamps, refund, tool restoration, weatherproof glue, wooden plane