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.
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 …
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
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
Paul and I have have finally got round to doing a joint project – a bit of sewing and a bit of woodwork. We made a reversible laundry basket! (The idea for which we got from here).
The instructions were very well explained and easy to follow and we had this thing knocked up within a couple of days.
I used some fabric from an old pair of kitchen curtains that Paul’s mum made when we lived in a previous house. Continue reading