A few years back (January 2010), I got the colocated dedicated server that this website’s been running on since from Hetzner. They weren’t quite as polished back then, but they’ve always been a lot more solid than most of the other companies I had any personal knowledge of (from the bad old days when I paid the bills with LAMP stack work). But the server has been getting a bit slower and the software hasn’t been getting any more polished so for the new year, I upgraded.… Read the rest
Couple of days out of the shed, mostly spent lying down and paying attention to all the little muscle cells as they turned to me and said “what the feck was all that then?”. Today though was bin day so back out to the shed and spent a half-hour cleaning up all the shavings and using the shop vac to tackle the sawdust.
After:And then, having made a clean spot, went and tidied the small section behind the tumbledrier there where I usually wind up standing wishing I’d cleaned that part of the shed.… Read the rest
Next year, we’re rescheduling christmas. End of discussion.
This year, Christmas Eve started with a quick run to woodies for small brass hinges. Then to the shed and…
Awkward planing setup needed to plane the outside of the carcass (the inside was planed before glue-up). I know it doesn’t look too awkward, but that’s because we need to zoom out a little and let you see where you’re standing when working…
The spot is that one there behind that small green case on the floor, between the bench and the tumbledrier but not past the leg of the bench because there’s a lot of small boards there that didn’t go in the main wood store.… Read the rest
Seriously, who timed this christmas lark? It’s supposed to be January 6 for feck’s sakes…
Getting better at these. Only three of the four joints look like a blind boy scout attacked them with a dull beaver…
But they go together…
And the carcass is square. Grand. Only sixty more steps to go. Hide glue, btw. Set aside to cure for most of the day.… Read the rest
What idiot scheduled this christmas lark? Gah.
Started with some bandsaw time. Ripped the bottom part of the cupboard to width and set that to one side, then took all the bandsaw box blanks and cut those. By the time I was done, it was time to pick up junior from his last day of school for the year. Then it was time to sand…
Only 80 grit so the dust wasn’t so bad and that’s the bulk of both the bandsaw mark removal and the initial shaping done.… Read the rest
Shortest day of the year so least work done. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Started off with presents – some arrived yesterday but I couldn’t get to them and some arrived this morning, so yay!
Not Moore&Wright, but cheap and cheerful. I’m trying to cure myself of my combi-phobia. Is Moore&Wright. Offset calipers for scribing lines parallel to an edge.… Read the rest
So, I’ll start with the end of something. Made as a gift for a friend of Claire’s:
Walnut offcut from the cot, some brass and pewter hardware and felt and viola, a small necklace box. Or key box I suppose. Didn’t come out too badly.
Then it was time to start pushing.
The problem with making a lot of rough-cut component parts is that then you have to turn them into planed non-rough component parts.… Read the rest
I figure, with six projects sitting in component form in the staging area of the shed, best get to work making even more components for a seventh project. Because Reasons.
Anyway, the first video I ever saw by Richard Maguire was about building a small wall cupboard (in a sort-of, kind-of, if-you-squint shaker style probably best described as “`English colloquial” 😀 ):
I’ve wanted to build this for a while.… Read the rest
Well, this post has sat around as a draft for two years now, so maybe I should finish it…
Anyway. Madelines. Small crunchy-on-the-outside citrusy sponge cakes that are brilliant with a cup of tea in the morning. Yes, crunchy. If you’ve had them and they were soft, they weren’t fresh. They go soft as they go off.
Also, you need a special pan. Yes, you do.… Read the rest
So, table delivered (yes, the recipient liked it). BTW, if you were wondering, it was a build-along to Richard Maguire’s video series:
In case you were thinking of buying that series, it’s well worth the money.
Today though (and yesterday) was all about cleaning down from the build (and carting away two rubbish bags full of shavings – not being able to burn wood here is a pain) and doing the dozen little jobs that needed doing like sharpening the wooden skew rebate plane I have here; going to use that in a build soon.… Read the rest