Putting the Tools to Work

Not turning related, but I made good use of all the new tools today. We recently had a log stove installed, and need a mantle for above it. We visited Scottish Wood today, and brought home a lovely piece of elm.

I cut it to size, planed, then thicknessed it. I then used a rounding over bit in the router to soften the edges before sanding it to 800grit. It was given 3 coats of polyurethane satin varnish.


I just need to get it mounted now.
Once it’s all in place, I may treat the world to a photo.

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Back in the saddle

The past couple of weeks have been quite exciting for me. I have some new and new to me power tools, some new to me turning chisels, and got some turning done at the weekend.
I now have a decent bandsaw for cutting up blanks, and other timber.
I also have a Tormek sharpening system, which makes a huge difference to the edge on my tools. I never would have believed how much of a difference.
I also bought a planer/thicknesser, and a biscuit jointer for other upcoming projects.

My first turning in many, many months is another quaich which was commissioned last week. I’m trying a new design, yin/yang is the name of this one.
I’m leaving the crack, unless the customer wants it filled. I would much rather leave all the blemishes in place, to show the material is natural.
Timber is sweet chestnut, and the finish is polyurethane.

All of the turning tools, although not brand new, were all still in the original packaging, with factory grinds.
These appear to be completely unused. I sometimes wonder why people buy tools then never use them.
These were also in the original packaging. The detail gouge looks like it has been sharpened on the Tormek. The edge was like a razor.

I’m looking forward to getting back to turning regularly now my appetite has been whetted.

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The end of an era

I spent yesterday collecting the last of my stuff from the steel container I had as my workshop before we moved home.
It was a bittersweet moment really. I had some really good times turning in there, but on the other hand we are far happier where we live now. The new shed is bigger, and much more convenient.
The container is sold to a good friend who will use it for storage.
Now I need to find somewhere to store my stock of timber. It will have to sit outside under cover until I build a permanent store.
I was surprised how well some of it has dried, considering it was straight off’f the trees a couple of years ago. I expected it to be horribly split having been sat indoors in a steel box.

I guess time will tell, whether it has started to rot inside or not.

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Almost There

The kitchen reno has taken a lot longer than it would have taken 20 years ago. Anyone would think I’m getting old. lol
I’m reasonably happy with progress though. Just some painting, boxing in to manufacture, caulking round the edges, and the floor to tile. I’m not looking forward to lifting the old tiles, but if they come up as easily as the bathroom ones then happy days. If the botched jobs of previous contractors are anything to go by……..
Transition #4
The transormation even takes me by surprise when I walk in the door.
Transition #3
Anyone would think it’s a different house.
Transition #2
At least the hideous chicken vein tiles are all gone now.
Transition #5
Hopefully it will be finished before my birthday next month, but if not so what? We have to live in it. That’s what is holding me up most. If I had a clear run at it over several days it would be much quicker.
I have to work to pay for it all though.

Once the kitchen is complete, I will take a few weeks off to get back out to play in my shed and maybe do some turning.

Baby steps

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We now have a ceiling in the kitchen! Go me!
You know you’re starting to age when you struggle to hold a sheet of plasterboard above your head and screw it in place. I managed the first sheet on my own, but had to give in and draft our Son in to help with the rest.
To date, I have single-handedly:-

  1. Taken down the old ceiling
  2. Installed new wiring for cooker, power, lights, smoke/heat alarms, central heating, TV aerial, telephone, disconnected old lighting circuit & connect new recessed pot lights.
  3. Knocked through for the extractor and installed ducting
  4. Plastered and made good damaged surfaces
  5. Re-structured ceiling to allow for supporting metric plasterboard
  6. Taped and filled ceiling
  7. Painted ceiling
  8. Removed/re-hung kitchen cabinets to allow access

Next step is to start putting Humpty back together again. Hopefully the materials will appear over the weekend to allow me to continue.

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No turning lately

Too busy trying to get the house in order. I’ve made a start on the kitchen upgrade. It’s not easy when you only have weekends. I lifted some floorboards yesterday to find a route back to the mains for the kitchen wiring, and found this…..

Once again some careless tradesperson just didn’t give enough of a shit working for elderly folk. It really disgusts me that anyone would leave crap like this at their back.
This particular cable was the feed for an electric shower, which is now no longer required.
This is a fire waiting to happen if it was still energised.

Electical installations in the UK should be tested and inspected every 10 years or at every change of occupation.
When was your last periodic inspection?

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og maidne again

Almost another new year. What a year it has been for me. After the nightmare of dealing with dishonest solicitors and selling/buying our home, we are settled in the new place. The bathroom has been renovated, but nothing much else has been done.
Well, when I say that, there is the small detail of a new shed……. I got back into turning after an almost 12 month absence. And we had the best Summer I can remember since 1976. For almost 3 months I lived in the garden – because I could. Bliss.

Soon into 2019, the kitchen will get a facelift. We will not install a new kitchen just yet, just repair what is there and tart the place up a bit. I will at some point build a hand made bespoke kitchen to make the most of a very small space. Some improvements to lighting, and move some of the electrical around to make more sense of the work surfaces.

I will get out to the shed as often as possible, and will be making further improvements out there too. The back of the garage will become a laundry at some point, and the decor in the rest of the house will see some modernisation take place.

No rest for the wicked……..

I wish everyone “all the best” for 2019, and look forward to hearing about everyone’s endeavours.


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