Category Archives: Workshop

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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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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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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Mounting metalwork vices – Part 1

Today I made a start on building some bases for my two metalworking vices. The intention is that each base will have a cross member underneath which can be clamped in the woodworking vice on my larger bench. They’ll also … Continue reading

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More offcuts

Yesterday after visiting my relative I went to Wenban’s to check out their offcuts. As usual they had a whole load of Pine, Iroko, Idigbo, Utile etc plus a few bits of Oak, Ash, Beech, Tulip etc.

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Aggravated plastic butchery

I’ve been wanting a way of derusting long tools and plane bodies for a while. I couldn’t find a suitable trough, but I read somewhere about using plastic pipe, blocked at one end. Today I went to a local builders … Continue reading

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More reshuffling

After finishing off the drill press stand, I tucked the power tool table behind it, the folding workbenches beside it, rearranged the contents of its shelves and cleared off the top of the chest of drawers so it can hold … Continue reading

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Finishing off the bench drill stand

This morning I reconfigured the base of the drill press stand, moving the castored wheels to the back. Instead of rotating all the corner sections round 90 degrees, I only moved the castored ones round, left one of the fixed … Continue reading

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Measure once cut twice

I got a few hours in the workshop today while my wife looked after the kids. It was one of those frustrating days where not much went right and I probably should have called it quits and gone to the … Continue reading

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Further reshuffling

Both girls were at school/nursery again today, so I made some more progress on the workshop reshuffle after Tuesday’s efforts. I’ve never been particularly happy with the shelves, some of which were left by the previous owner and some which … Continue reading

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