Kitchen Knife

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

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Copper Pipe Table

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.

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Cheeseboard

So, apparently I don’t blog often enough. Which must be true because I have got a few projects that I’ve completed but never blogged about. Here’s the first one in an attempt to catch up.

At last year’s Harrogate woodworking show I bought some oak planks. I’ve used a little bit but I wanted to have a go at shaping a simple chopping board. Here it is:

I drew a simple template on paper, folding the paper in half to make sure it was symmetrical, marked the shape onto the wood, drilled the hole in the handle and then cut it out with a jigsaw.

Unfortunately, because I didn’t really have the correct blade in my jigsaw I got some bad scorching around the tight corners. I sanded a lot of it away but you can still see some. For this photo I propped it up using a bowl of thread trimmings, just so there is at least some evidence of sewing in this post.

I then decided to have a play with my pyrography kit by putting a picture in one corner. I printed it out in reverse on our laser printer and then used some heat from the pyrography pen to transfer it to the wood. Then I just traced over the design with a fine tip.

Finally, I gave the whole thing a coat of food safe mineral oil.

I must blog more often.  I must blog more often. I must …

Arcade Machine

Quite a big project from me this time, which I’ve been working on for a while.  It’s an arcade machine:

WonderBoy

Wonder Boy!

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