Once again it has been years since I have written anything on here and Corrine has taken it over with all her sewing posts. So I thought I better balance things up with my latest make – mostly because I am very pleased with it.
I need to start by saying that I am not a musician. I often wish that I am but I haven’t played any instrument apart from the recorder and a bit of guitar in primary school (34 years ago!). However, since our daughter started playing electric guitar and bass I have been a bit jealous and thought the best way I could get into it was by making my own. I started off down a rabbit hole of YouTube videos of Crimson Guitars which are brilliant to watch but I realised that making my own guitar from scratch was a bit optimistic. However, there are kits available where some of the tricky parts are done for you.
Hello everyone! It’s been a while. It’s been a while because I have been waiting for my husband to write this blog post for months. I’ve given up hope so I’m writing it instead…
At the end of June (June!) it was my sister-in-law’s significant birthday. Paul decided to do a ‘Paul special’ and make her birthday present. I also made her something but I’ll show you that later. Continue reading
OK, time for another woodworking post (I’m on a bit of a roll here, two posts within a couple of days). Towards the end of last year I was trying to think of some ideas for what to get Corrine for Christmas. Apart from lots of sewing related stuff she mentioned wanting a good quality small kitchen knife. Then, not long afterwards, I was at the North of England Woodworking Show in Harrogate when I spotted a kit for making a knife – perfect! Continue reading
Another catch up post from a project a while ago. There are quite a few websites with ‘easy’ construction woodworking projects that I tend to browse a lot but never make anything. One of these is Designs by Studio C (as I write this the website is down and this link doesn’t work but they are promising it will be back up soon). However, when I saw this project I really liked the look of it and fancied making it.
Quite a big project from me this time, which I’ve been working on for a while. It’s an arcade machine:
I’ve been a fan of the Raspberry Pi (a tiny cheap computer in case you don’t know) for a while but the one I initially bought has been running a music server so we can stream music all round our house. Then I came across a perfect excuse to buy another: a project to turn an Ikea table into an arcade machine. I started to buy some of the materials (the Raspberry Pi and the joystick and buttons) when I discovered a different project that looked more fun so I switched to (loosely) following this instructable to make a bar-top arcade machine. Continue reading
OK, time for a woodworking post from me to slightly dilute all those sewing posts that the wife makes. I know I should put stuff on here more often but I don’t seem to find the time to make anything.
Anyway, a while ago I bought myself a Kreg pocket hole jig but, Continue reading
In a previous post you’ve already heard about my spectacular success at Burniston Show. This isn’t about my lemon curd, which was very nice, but about my second place in the woodwork category.
I decided I would make something specially for the show and after my previous attempt at a scrollsaw box I thought I would try another one Continue reading
Pallet projects – everyone is doing them and I was feeling a bit left out. So after a bit of badgering my mate Damian got me a pallet from work (Stuart’s Foods – for all your fruit and veg needs!). As usual I have forgotten to take any ‘in construction’ pictures but it isn’t very complicated.
I found out the same as everyone else that the hardest part of a pallet project is Continue reading
It’s the summer holidays! So I get to spend a bit more time in my shed doing some scrolling (and other woodwork).
Not long ago I got the latest issue of Scrollsaw Woodworking and Crafts magazine (Issue 59) and one project caught my eye Continue reading
Just a quick post here with a couple of pictures. During my last scroll sawing session, as well as the wooden box, I also made a pair of hinges. It was just one of those things where I had seen them in my book of scroll saw boxes and loved the idea.
I had also recently got a piece of purpleheart Continue reading