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31 August 2014

New workshop - update

Got my radio up and running. A most important milestone for the lone craftsman!

28 August 2014

Fred Dinenage Rocks

Fred Dinenage, presenter of Murder Casebook, and co-presenter on How, How2, Meridian News, Coast to Coast, and official biographer of the Kray Twins, takes a rock in my Maloof style rocker.

Unfortunately, I was away from the stand at the time :(  but I'm told he liked it :)

8 August 2014

A Little Down Time

Just to let you know that, as a result of my house and workshop move, I will have no broadband connection between now and the 21st August.
It sucks, and I have no idea why my service provider cannot do any better than that.
The upshot of this is that I shall not be able to upload any video, or easily reply to comments on my website, or YouTube channel.
Of course this does give you all the opportunity of reviewing some of my earlier videos on YouTube, which, despite my obvious lack of presenting experience at the time, still have plenty of useful tips for woodworkers.
Hope to be back in the saddle again soon. Until then, happy woodworking!

7 August 2014

New Workshop - A Sneaky Peek

With my house move now a week away, I've been able to transfer all of my tools to my new workshop.

Here's a sneaky peek inside, together with a look at my bare tool cabinet. I'm considering making a sketchup model of the tool cabinet to post on this site, if there are enough requests.

1 August 2014

Planer/Thicknesser Setup Gauge

Having been asked about the knife setting gauge I used in my video 'Setup of a Planer Thicknesser'...

I decided to photograph it...

adding dimensions and details...

 then I thought why not publish a short video on it too:

The gauge is for use with a 63mm diameter cutter block, which is found on many of the small hobby/light trade machines.
The idea is to set the knife blade the in the little notch, so that it just touches, and then snug the locking bolts up, checking each end and the centre for blade height. My machine uses grub screws to raise and lower the knives, and so I can set the blade height along it's length before locking it down. If you have a spring system, then you would benefit from having at least two of these gauges; using one towards each end at the same time, whilst snugging up on the locking bolts.
Don't forget, your machines tables need to be set parallel to the cutter block for this system to work. If they are not, and can't be altered, then you will need to 'shim out' the error when using the gauge at one end of the block. Once perfected, make a pair of gauges. One for the left and one for the right.
An improvement on this gauge would be to make the 'feet' wide enough for it to stand up on it's own, freeing up both hands.