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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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Bench reconstruction – Part 2

I only got part way through rebuilding the small bench tonight. As I mentioned in the previous post, one of the stretchers is broken around a barrel nut. Some pieces of it remained on the leg section, trapped by the … Continue reading

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Bench reconstruction – Part 1

Yesterday I saw a couple of posts on the local Gumtree advertising beech workbenches. They were of two different patterns – one fairly heavy construction with vices either side (Record 52E) and the other slightly lighter with vices either side … Continue reading

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Purchases:2 Progress:0

It’s been almost a month since my last update and I’m ashamed to say I’ve achieved precisely nothing in the workshop. I’ve still been adding to my “collection” though … First is the Axminster 3 way drill vice As the … Continue reading

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Poor impulse control …

I’ve been thinking of buying the Numatic NVD750 for a while, but have been balking at the price (£343.50 for the vacuum alone) as I’d definitely want to add the wheels and possibly the HEPA module. I’ve spent quite a … Continue reading

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A bit of a clear out

Tomorrow a computer recycling company are coming to relieve me of a few obsolete computers and hard drives that I’ve had for years and have been putting off getting rid of because they’re “too good to throw away” but have … Continue reading

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Upgrading the Microclene MC760

I recently posted my first impressions of the Microclene MC760 air filter which I bought from Poolewood Machinery in Kent. I really love the feeling of quality this little thing exudes and it’s amazingly compact compared to the alternatives, however … Continue reading

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Review – Microclene MC760 air filter – First impressions

Following on from dust strategy update I’m quite paranoid about the effect of wood dust (including MDF dust) on my health and that of my family. Bill Pentz has some good information on the subject here. I ordered a Microclene … Continue reading

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Review – Axminster AWBRD550 Bench Radial Drill – First impressions

On Tuesday I took delivery of my second piece of machinery for the workshop, an Axminster AWBRD550 bench radial drill. It arrived inside two nested cardboard boxes (one inside the other like Russian dolls), strapped atop a small wooden pallet. … Continue reading

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Second machinery ordered

I’ve been thinking about buying a pillar drill for ages, in fact one of the two machines I abortively tried to buy first of all was a Record Power DP58B benchtop pillar drill (the other being a Record Power BS250 benchtop … Continue reading

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