Sunday, 26 April 2015

Renovating Handtools, spokeshaves actually, but mainly because it keeps the rust off!

So It's been a bit of a fragmented week, with lots of little bits to get on with.

I was rummaging through the drawer of my workbench looking for something when i notice there was surface rust forming on the three spokeshaves. It really surprised me as they were only sharpened and oiled a couple of months ago. Because of this I got the hump and decided to do something a little more permanent about it.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Adding a Youtube subscribe function to your social media accounts: linking your social media from youtube, and back again.

Most of use are on social media, and lots of us share the links from our various accounts, cross site to try and increase followers on various sites, but Youtube has been the one social media site that I left behind a little.

If like me you know the URL of your social media sites so well you can just type them out without thinking about it, you'll probably already know this , but here goes:

Your youtube channel URL link is:

Adding a clickable subscribe button to your blog or website: linking the two in both directions!

If you have a youtube channel, you're likely thinking of ways to increase your subscriber base. I don't pretend to have a huge following in my area, some 6500 or so [at the time of writing this]. Either way, lets not get hung up on numbers and move to he meat of it.

Google have a widget available for websites and blogs which allows visitors to the sites to click the subscribe button, and subscribe directly to your channel.

NOTE! Although it works, I'm going to assume that the visitor requires to be already logged into their google account already for this to work seamlessly, but most of us already have this on our machines, for the most part at least. You might want to explore this a little deeper, but once it's up and working, it should catch a few people - for the time it takes to implement, you might as well do it!

So how to do it?

Saw Horses: An old and undervalued asset, so I adapted them to suit a more up to date working approach on site.

I actually have 4 different pairs of saw horses, two flat folding types, and now two fold 'up' types.

I use the flat folding types mostly around the workshop, they take up a small amount of space in the workshop and although I don't have much room, they are quite easily tucked away for outside use.

My main pair are the Stanley ones - I actually wrote about these a while back because I had problems with them, and, well you can read the article here...

Assuming you've read the original article, I started to look around for a replacement set of saw horses, I could easily have simply bought a new replacement pair, or even repaired the old ones - which is still possible as I kept the broken parts.

I stumbled on these on the Piher Website, I've been using their clamps for nearly a year now, and have been really pleased with their stuff, and service so I decided to take a punt on them.


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

New Kitchen: A little more complex than stripping wall paper and painting!

So a new kitchen has been on the cards for so long, I can't even begin to think just quite HOW long!

I'm a little more practical about these things: units, electrics, plumbing, appliances, worktop, tiles, paint DONE.

In my head I was all planed, but the lady with the plan was still loosing sleep over which door handles to have! Luckily, for me, the kitchen area is split into two sides, so while the finer points were being thought about on one side, I could get to work on the other.

It turned out that the lead time for delivery of the kitchen would be around a month, Giving me plenty of time to finish other work and also make a start on the dining side.