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    MouseyThompson cheeseboard; repair possibl?

    Many thanks again for your advice on repairing this cheese board. I have finally got round to doing it. In fact when I had cleaned off the old glue I found that the ends were very rounded and blunt, with hardly any interlocking fibres. I suppose it wasn’t surprising having been broken and glued...
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    Whats your favourite penknife or multi tool .

    That’s the version we played, but where I grew up in the East Riding of Yorkshire we called it ‘knackerstretch’!
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    Post a photo of the last thing you made

    Mallet from offcuts of cherry and oak plus some cocobola and a handle of an unknown hardwood from my late father’s turning stash.
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    Which pull saw for Christmas?

    I bought a Shokunin from Axminster and was impressed. It cuts quickly through hardwood. It’s double edged for rip and cross cut, and yes it makes a difference, and has a narrow kerf. They have gone up quite a bit in the last year, but they’re still not that expensive. I will buy another blade...
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    Hi Everyone

    Yes, it’s Chris Tribe’s place; the courses are now led by Nick Thompson.
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    Hi Everyone

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    Lots of chisels; what are they for and how do I sharpen them?

    Having restored my father-in-law’s old tool chest, I’m now checking out the chisels that were in it. There’s quite a range, including 5 Stormont crank gouges and a couple of Marples (and a very fine Marples straight gouge) chisels from Woodcock, Wallins, Ward, and Marples, an Addis swan neck and...
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    I blame YouTube, how many more Americanisms are we going to have to suffer ?

    Nempnett Thrubwell takes some beating. It’s my personal favourite; it’s just a little spot in the Mendips near Bristol.
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    I blame YouTube, how many more Americanisms are we going to have to suffer ?

    If ‘vise’ is an Americanism, it’s not a recent one; see photo. This is an English vice. The best confusion between UK and US English I came across in 30 years’ work alongside Americans was the bumbag. This is called a fanny pack in the US. In the UK only a gynaecologist would use a fanny pack.
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    Restoring an old tool chest

    As you can see, I have also cleaned up some of the tools. I have cleaned up the planes and sharpened them with the help of Nick from the Wharfedale Workshop – a lovely Bailey/Record No 5 and a little box plane, these were used extensively in preparing the base and skirts for the chest. The...
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    Restoring an old tool chest

    I sewed the pockets for markers and pencils out of some old swatches from a furniture shop and an old leather jacket. It’s mounted onto an old table mat and screwed into a position on the lid where there had been fixing for chisels (I think). However I didn’t think they were effective or useful...
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    Restoring an old tool chest

    As discussed above the screws in the lid fittings and hinges were an issue. In some cases I couldn’t even find the groove in the head to insert a ‘good fitting’ screwdriver. Torque wasn’t the issue, and the heads tended to crumble. In the end I chiselled out some of the fittings which allowed me...
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    Restoring an old tool chest

    For the lock I just had to remove the keeper and add a fillet of wood so that the tongues could engage. It’s another compromise, but looks OK, I think.
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    Restoring an old tool chest

    I have finally completed the restoration of the toolchest. As I stripped off the paint and replaced the base and skirts, which had rotted, I realised that the reason the lock didn’t fit wasn’t due to the spraining of the lid hinges, it was due to the swelling of the large panel in the lid...
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    Retirement options

    I retired a year ago after 32 years in pharmaceutical research, a high stress, big budget job with long hours and loads of travel. Immediately I stopped work, COVID-19 messed everything up and some of my plans are on hold, and my father’s death didn’t help. But I took a woodworking course and...
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    MouseyThompson cheeseboard; repair possibl?

    Thanks all. I’ve not worked with epoxy before, so here goes. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
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    MouseyThompson cheeseboard; repair possibl?

    I’ve picked this broken cheeseboard while clearing Dad’s old house. It’s been repaired twice, the second time with a splice and lots of ?araldite. I don’t want to throw it away, it was such a lovely piece, but I’m not sure how I can make a presentable joint with a third repair. Any ideas?
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    Post a photo of the last thing you made

    I’m in Wharfedale, there’s a large house with woodland where we’re placing them. It’s actually a bit late for this year, the territories are probably already set up.
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