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New Server…

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.

We’ve moved from a DS3000 server, which was a dual core AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600 with 2Gb of DDR2 RAM and a pair of 400Gb SATA II hard drives; to an EX41S which is a quad-core Intel i7-6700 with 64 Gb of DDR4 RAM and a pair of 2Tb SATA III drives.… Read the rest

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Mucking out and mucking about

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.

Before:

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.

And then, having cleaned everything up, time to play…

First off, I did want to see what the stains look like and to try to replicate this:

Granted, I don’t have resawn squares of flamed sycamore, I’m mucking about with bits of poplar, but still…

That was a bit of fun.… Read the rest

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Done…

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. The joy of a small shed…

The downside is that you can’t really move when planing, so it’s all armwork rather than legwork.… Read the rest

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