Author Archives: John

Yet more offcuts!

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 … Continue reading

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I’m still here …

Last year a combination of health problems, a bereavement and then the weather conspired against me getting any more time in the workshop. This year my excuses are work, family life and severe procrastination! As you may have noticed there’s … Continue reading

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Holiday woodbutchery

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 … Continue reading

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Thoughts on order

[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 … Continue reading

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Burly barking girls weekend

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 … Continue reading

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Mounting metalwork vices – Part 2

Today being Fathers day I was able to get some time in the workshop to progress the vice bases. Last time I found that using glue as well as pocket hole screws made accurate placement quite difficult, as the glue … Continue reading

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