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    BobScarle - I'm on board - WIP

    Ok. So it's not too much at the moment, just an idea. I am still working on the drawing, but I will post that in the next day or so. I am hoping to make a dressing table (don't get excited not even Dodge could do that) out of ash. My competition project will be a desk / dressing table tidy box...
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    Bob Scarle - Box - Now Finished

    This is the start of my WIP thread for the box competition. I spent a little time yesterday sorting out some wood for this project. I bought some ash for a toy box (must post the pictures of that) recently from Whitmore's, I could use some of that. Just finished a jewellery box and a toy box in...
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    I got my mojo back

    Before Christmas things were not going to plan and I was getting really quite despondent, even to the point that I didn't want to to make anything any more. Sell all of my tools, empty the shed and give up woodwork. A bit drastic, I know, but that's how I felt. Instead, I started work on the...
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    Workshop Stool

    It finally came time to make a new stool for the shed as my old one is getting more unstable. We have had it for more than 25 years and it was secondhand then! I sorted a few pieces out, legs and stretchers from an old science desk from Corby, probably more than I will need here. The seat...
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    Why bother

    At last I have made a little box with hand cut dovetails that I am not ashamed to show. Ok, so it's not that special. It's a cherry and maple trinket box with a simple drop on lid made to sit on a dressing table. Here are some pictures of it. As I said, a fairly simple box but one...
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    Birthday present for my wife

    Not sure how anybody else copes with birthdays, but I can never think of anything my wife wants or needs for her birthday. Anyway, this year she said she would like me to make her a nice pen. Ok, I thought, and a nice box to put it in on the table as well. It also gave me a reason to do a couple...
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    Knobs - Not sure how to do them

    I am in the process of making some bedroom furniture, including a chest of drawers and two bedside cabinets, all in oak. The bedside cabinets will have three drawers each and the chest four. This means that I need to make about 14 knobs. Now I have turned one or two knobs before and they have...
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    Grey Oak

    Just starting a new project, two bedside cabinets. Pulled out 4 lengths of AWO to make the sides and planned one face. Most of the boards are a nice "oak" colour, pinkish, brownish, you know. One board is quite grey and doesn't really match the others. This is nothing unusual, I have had boards...
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    Workshop tour and Ottoman WIP

    Just had a big clear out in the shed and whilst it was tidy (belive me it's not like this for long) I thought I would take a few pictures. So here we go on a very quick workshop tour. My shed is a bought 16' x 8' one. Not very happy with the build of it but I am trying to make the best I can...
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    Router - Any use or bin

    I have a Bosch POF1100 AE 1/4" router. It does not work very well, slows down speeds up when in use. Sometimes makes a lot of noise. I don't have either the time or the inclination to have a look at it, even if it is a quick fix. Is it any use to anybody either as a repair or just for spares? I...
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    I want to buy a planer

    I am looking at buying a planer, something like the Axminster CT1502. Looks like a good machine and fits in the budget of £600. The only problem I can see is the width. I do glue up boards and I am slightly concerned about the 150mm restriction. Can anybody recommend another machine, bearing in...
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    Rebated Half Blind Dovetails

    I normally cut dovetails by hand, not particularly well and certainly not very quickly. I have been asked to make some bedroom furniture, an ottoman, 2 bedside cabinets and a chest of drawers. The ottoman will have dovetailed corners which I am doing now by hand. It looks like I will need to...
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    Leigh Super 12 Dovetail Jig

    I normally cut dovetails by hand, not particularly well and certainly not very quickly. I have been asked to make some bedroom furniture, an ottoman, 2 bedside cabinets and a chest of drawers. The ottoman will have dovetailed corners which I am doing now by hand. It looks like I will need to...
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    Small Footstool

    I haven't done too much in the shed recently, but when we decided that a small footstool was needed I jumped at the oportunity to get back. Sorry, but WIP pictures didn't even cross my mind. The wood was bought from Pugh's auction in Ledbury last year as several lengths of oak. Its not oak but...
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    Winter project

    Somewhile back, I was given a fairly sorry looking Record number 4 to do with as I wanted. It has been on the shelf for 9 months but this evening I decided that I ought to do something with it. No rush, this is going to be a winter project. Not very nice is it. Those blue handles just have to...
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    Where did that come from

    So there I was sitting at my parents house drinking a cup of tea, when my 12 year old nephew comes over to me. I had promised that he could come over and have a go at a small project in the shed. "Uncle Bob", he said, "When am I going to come over to your house to make something in your shed?"...
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    Three Free Books

    I have three books that I do not need. They were given to me so I am passing them on to anybody who can use them. Let me know if you would like one, two or all or them. Firstly, 347 Woodworking Patterns cannot find the author. Would suit a scroller. Just a load of patterns for cutting out...
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    Kitchen Table

    A couple of years ago I made a table top in ash for a friend. This weekend I was asked if I could help as she "had a problem" with her table. Oh no. Top has split, bowed or cupped. No, her grandson had written on it with a permanent marker and she could not get the writing off. I thought of...
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    Small Bread Bin - WIP

    It all started when I made a tissue box for my Mom. It was shown to the Mother-in-Law who said it was very nice but she did not use tissues. But she could do with a small bread bin, if I didn't mind making her one, to fit under the microwave in her kitchen. Only needs to be small, light wood in...
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    Taunton article on glue ups

    I have been reading an interesting article on the Taunton site about glue ups. It appears that the amount of clamp pressure applied to a joint when doing glue ups is normally nowhere near enough! The common thought is that just enough pressure to "Bring the Joint Together" may produce a...
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