Friday, 27 September 2013

Handmade: More exclusive than John Lewis & spoilt by high street chains.

Since more or less the beginning of time, there has been "wealth" and "poverty". So, not wanting to get dragged into a deep and philosophical discussion relating to the meaning of wealth and poverty, lets just take it as read that there are people that are fortunate enough to not have too much month at the end of the money.
Image courtesy of Tom Curtis /
For those "fortunate" types there has also been a sort of elitist pea-cockish type behavior of wanting to flaunt this fortunate position - and well why not eh?! Not judging, just saying. Just look at those Limestone fronted country houses, imposing marble entrance halls, and sweeping staircases. There's nothing wrong with this - not at all. who builds these staircases? who cuts these Portland stones, or lays the marble floors, just think about that!

Monday, 23 September 2013

Not just your health, but also your wallet: Bandsaw Maintenance, and extraction problems.

The other day I got an order from a regular customer to make some bespoke MDF blanks for her craft business' Christmas line. I made up a template out of 12mm MDF, and cut it out on the bandsaw.

Fairly early on I started to notice things didn't sound "quite right", It was cutting fine, and clean etc, but it was whining like it was trying to Rip a 5" slice of English oak.... I stopped and took a look only to find that the guide bearings where totally clogged-up with resin, dust and all kinds of yukkyness from the last three years of fairly hard use.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Cutting Board Construction

Here's a project that's "on the list", hopefully they will turn out as nice as Olly's ones.

The importance of a tidy work space: why is a messy workshop safer?

So if you read magazine articles, or books on the subject of either safety or workshop organisation, there is likely to be mention of keeping the place clean and tidy to avoid mistakes, unsafe practices, and other little mishaps.
You might also find a section on organising machinery to optimise workflow and stay safe by organisation.

Now, first and foremost, I completely agree! There are far wiser and more experienced craftsmen and women out there with far more expertise than I, but I thought I would put this together, not to try and contradict, but to add my own experiences...