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July 2016

Podcasts I listen to and a quick review of each

Posted In: General
I have a 30-40 minute drive to work so have quite a bit of time to listen to podcasts in the car, some that I listen to regularly are: Wood Talk 316 podcasts to date Almost the original woodworking podcast; I found this a couple of years ago and went back and listened to all the old podcasts which took a while. Three guys, nice mix of machine and hand tool discussions and advice. 360 with 360 Woodworking 166 podcasts to date (most only around 6 minutes) Mostly six minute mini casts but have started to in[...]

This years plank competition entry – due 10th September.

I am making this from plans from toysandjoys but I have turned the engine which should look better. Not sure about the wheels yet, will probably end up using the ones provided with the plan. Dimensioning the timber is the challenge and making my 10/20 drum sander work hard. I have got most of the pieces the correct thickness (or close enough) and now have to shape them, the ones behind the engine will end up rounder so to follow the shape of the engine.    [...]

Shire Woodworking Club – 2016 Plank Competition.

I have entered this competition for a number of years without winning any prizes; although I have been advised that if some of the items had been finished I would have performed a lot better. I seem to run out of time every year as I have a habit of changing my mind over what I going to make as well as underestimating the work involved. I have to have my project finished by 10th September 2016. Some of my previous entries are below.[...]

Managed to do a bit of woodturning over the weekend:

Posted In: Wood Turning
Haven't done any turning for about two years so started off slowly; had to locate everything I needed first! Turned these only using a roughing gouge; a bit of practice before the pine below. First time I tried the sierra pen blank also first time I have turned a razor handle What happens with blunt tools and delicate blanks!   Engine for my train entry in this years plank competition, quite pleased with the result. Had to use a few more tools though, realized I have a lot of sharpening to do soon.[...]

Sydney Working with Wood Show

Posted In: Wood Turning
Visited the show for a long lunch on Friday and managed to limit my purchases: Looking to get back into turning so bought some pen parts, blanks and new Micro-Mesh Micro Finishing System Pack.  The butt chisel is Narex and looks promising for small trimming without cutting my hand. The show was OK with a good selection of timber available but I don't have a lot of space so resisted.[...]

Why Hugo’s Woodshop?

Posted In: General
All decent options with Gary were taken by websites so I had to look for something else! Hugo is our 3 year old Ragdoll cat who is very nosy and likes investigating the garage / workshop:[...]