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Geoff’s jig for gluing spaced segmented vases

Last month Geoff displayed these vases at the Shire Woodworking maxi day and was asked lots of questions about the making process so he brought his glueing assembly jig along at the next maxi day. This is his "simple jig" for spacing that he made! Basically it is an indexing plate that moves the piece a predetermined distance and you add the new piece against the stop. After you have completed a level you move the arm up. It is critical that the indexing stop has no movement at all - he said that this was one[...]

Workshop update – pen organisation and disassembly

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Workshop update - pen organisation and disassembly. Have been turning some different pens recently and found that I didn't know what blanks I had worked on; the plastic drawers as below are good to keep kits and bushings in but also including blanks was a bit messy.      I saw something similar the the stand below on Instagram and thought it was good as you can see the quantity for each type. Looks a bit fuller now plus I need to add additional categories; a bit scary seeing all the types of kits a[...]

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A readers mother recently sent me a great email as follows:  I'm Amy, a stay at home mom. My son Jack has a fascination with woodworking. His great grandfather has done it for quite some time, so he knows a bit about it from him. He did some research on his own to show his boy scouts and found your page. He really enjoyed it - thanks a lot! In return, Jack wanted to share with you another page he found handy,https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/home-woodworking-tools-projects/ . It's all about woodworking projec[...]

Workshop Update – turning, selling & purchasing

Plank Competition I have spent a lot of my time on my Shire Woodworking Club plank entry; but did manage to finish it on time. See separate post regarding the making of the train set below:    Pen Sales Sold a pen out on eBay out of the blue; I had forgot that I had posted pens for sale here and had a moment of panic that I had already sold or given away the pen. Luckily I still had it available. Decided to sell the item on Etsy to myself instead of removing the listing; do not self review as[...]

Workshop Update – Photography experimenting

David, my wife's 13 year old nephew recently got a new canon EOS camera for his birthday so yesterday I setup my small light box for him to experiment with.   I setup my three lights for him to use; the front one is on a tripod which makes it very flexible. I also provided him with various backgrounds as shown in the photos of keyrings, these are lining I have used for boxes. Since it was set up I thought I would also see how one of my stabilised burl keyrings looked with different backgrounds. Posted t[...]

Workshop Update – a bit of turning and buying

Workshop Update - a bit of turning and buying Helped out at a working bee / wood clearout at Shire Woodworking club during the week and was able to restrict myself to only bring a small amount home. The PNG Rosewood block has some major cracks so will need to be cut into pieces for turning. The narrow pieces are oak and I am intending to use these in a chopping board (I have not made one yet). can't remember what the branch is but apparently good for turning although has a serious crack so will have to see. The half round[...]

Workshop Update – Resin infused hybrid pen blanks

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I thought it was about time that I turned these resin infused hybrid pen blanks that I bought a while ago from The Burl Shed in Perth. Decided to make a Lucinda pen (9mm tube; slightly smaller than a sierra) and some keyrings with this blank: First attempt at turning this was a keyring and the result as below Tried 5 different tools with similar results so realised that all my turning tools needed sharpening. Got the Tormek wet grinder out and sharpened 8 tools to start with as below. Had quite[...]

Workshop Update – trucks and cufflinks

Workbench status has not changed since last weekend. I don't normally get much done during the week other than batches of gluing or small tasks.   Workshop looks messy but two projects happening at the same time. The green file holds my loose sandpaper sheets.  I am working on another batch of toy trucks for the Shire Woodworking Club to donate to the Sydney Children's Hospital, twelve new builds in progress as below: They are different sizes as the club has provided a mixture of wheels that they a[...]

Workshop update for Easter projects and to date!

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Some old and new projects completed over the Easter break and last weekend.  Finally finished updating my wife's file storage cabinet. As shown below this is part of a built in wardrobe that she uses for storing cardboard files The main problem with this is that they fall over and are hard to get to at the back. She has tried stands to separate the files but with limited success. I suggested using additional drawers with a gap so the files can stand up - I thought it wouldn't take that long and unfo[...]

Workshop update – I had too much wood!

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I found I had a typical small shop woodworkers problem, too much wood! It snuck up on me as I picked up some wood here and there until some of the loose pieces got in my way. I then looked at my wood rack (as shown below) and it was full so something had to be done. It was either get rid of wood (not desirable) or make something to use up some stock. I decided that the make something option was better so looked around for an easyish option and decided to replace the stand over my drum sander as below: A c[...]