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Workshop Update – turning, selling & purchasing

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…

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Workshop Update – Photography experimenting

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…

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Workshop Update – a bit of turning and buying

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…

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Workshop Update – Resin infused hybrid pen blanks

Workshop Update – Resin infused hybrid pen blanks

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…

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Workshop Update – trucks and cufflinks

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…

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Workshop update for Easter projects and to date!

Workshop update for Easter projects and to date!

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…

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Workshop update – I had too much wood!

Workshop update – I had too much wood!

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…

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Woodworking drill press injury but not from the drill bit

Woodworking drill press injury but not from the drill bit

Drill presses shouldn’t be a dangerous tool when used correctly for woodworking.  I wasn’t hurt by the drill bit but by the toy truck getting caught and spinning into my hand. I was only enlarging the axle hole not making a new one so thought that it was a simple task. This happened on the third truck!     I should have learnt when this happened in July then this might not have happened last weekend: This is how I…

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Haven’t managed much shop time recently.

Haven’t managed much shop time recently.

Have had a lot on recently so have not managed to get anything completed hence the frozen in time picture! Have managed to sharpen a couple of roughing gauges for turning but as it has been so long since I used my Tormek I had to watch the video’s to refresh my memory. All worked although the buffing wheel is totally dry so need to get some light machine oil. Work I want to get completed: Finish the cat scratchers…

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New purchase – Portable Light Tent for photography in the Workshop

New purchase – Portable Light Tent for photography in the Workshop

Purchased this from Photo-Shop-Studio in Sydney to use for my woodwork photography. I was having difficulty getting decent shots without background clutter and shop lighting is not great for photography. Not that I take a lot of photos but $95 total was not too much of an investment for a significant improvement. The tent folds up into a small package for storage which is great and they also sell bulbs ($20 each) that can be used in a normal lamp. I will…

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