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Garden Woodworking

The Den – part 2

So how is that Den going? I left off the previous blog having erected and concreted a set of huge poles and assembled a platform between them a metre and a half off the ground. Next, I needed to add some walls, a roof, and a means to get up to the platform. The walls […]

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Garden Woodworking

The Den

In his book, Good Clean Fun, Misadventures in Sawdust, Actor and Sawyer Nick Offerman writes “We all start with building a tree house of some sort.” This was my turn. We had a recently arrived child, and a hole in the hedge left by a dead bush. I was getting the hang of swinging a […]

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Garden Woodworking

Fork Handles

Repairs are part and parcel of keeping a home. I did intend to write up an outdoor project I started many years ago, but a more recent bit of outdoor work interrupted. We have a good garden and veg patch, and there’s always opportunity for digging. Wear-and-tear happens though, and sometimes repairs are necessary. In […]

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Bookshelf Woodworking

Music

It’s not all about books. In an earlier blog I noted our family’s propensity to fill the house with books, necessitating new shelves to be assembled every few months or so. However, books are not the only things that need shelf space. I’m old fashioned, and like to keep a library of CDs. Back in […]

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House Woodworking

Banister

Strictly speaking, I didn’t make a banister… A banister is a handrail with supporting posts at the side of stairs, there to help people move up and down and stop them falling off. When I first moved to this house in 2001, I quickly came to hate the banister that was here. It was a […]

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Bookshelf Woodworking

Obelus and Radical – part 2

The boy’s mathematical bookcase project continues… In the previous blog I talked about the design of a bookshelf for my son’s bedroom that would have mathematical symbols hidden into the shelves. I had bought the wood and marked it all up, and was beginning the assembly. I tackled the most complex piece of work first; […]

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Bookshelf Woodworking

Obelus and Radical

The Boy’s bedroom projects continue… He has a lot of books, of course, and a newly modelled bedroom that didn’t offer anywhere to put them. I could’ve bought a regular, free-standing bookshelf… Alright, I couldn’t. I was bound to end up building one, wasn’t I? His room had a thin slice of wall in the […]

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Technique Woodworking

Dovetails

For Christmas, Fi got me a place on a woodworking course, which I took over the weekend… Not far from where we live is an organisation called the Sylva Foundation. They are an environmental charity who work to connect people and trees. They look at forest, land and wood resource management, and at the uses […]

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Bookshelf Woodworking

Hobby Board Fun

Sometimes, the ideas come from finding a particular piece of wood. In the last blog post I talked about how I built a small cabinet to hold shoes (books). I needed some boards that would be quite wide, stable, but not too expensive. I found that pine furniture board did the trick. Alongside this, the […]

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Cabinet Woodworking

The Boot Rack

I try to make sure the things I build serve a practical purpose. On this occasion my wife said, “I need somewhere to store shoes in the bedroom”. This was very true. Shoes do tend to occupy prominent positions around the house. The idea was to make something that could blend into a corner of […]