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Garden Woodworking

The Den – part 4

The ever evolving Den I’ve been writing about a play-fort or Den I built for my son. It began as a platform with a slide and a ladder. In Part 3 of the story I had added a swing. This was formed from a long beam suspended between the Den and an A-Frame. The swing […]

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Woodworking Bookshelf

Where to begin – part 3

No job is ever finished. I began this blog with the story of how I created a set of bookshelves to go in our end room. The shelves filled up a third of a wall, between a new wood stove and the back door. I didn’t think it would be wise building anything around or […]

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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

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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Table Woodworking

The Boy’s Desk – part 3

I built a desk in my son’s room. This is how it came together. In Part 1, I described the planning process. Part 2 covered the tasks of cutting out the desk pieces from the block board countertop. In this part, I get to talk about the assembly… The build began with a round of […]

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Table Woodworking

The Boy’s Desk – part 2

In Part 1, I drew up plans for a desk to go in my son’s room. I got as far as designing the shape of the desktop, selecting the wood and planning how the one could be cut out from the other. So, in this part I will begin the cutting. Now, since this work […]

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Table Woodworking

The Boy’s Desk

My son’s room has been the scene of many projects over the years… As he has grown, so the things in the room have needed to grow around him. This has included the room itself, which used to be smaller, and somehow, mostly thanks to a lump hammer, gained an extra 20% of floorspace. I […]

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Bookshelf Woodworking

Where to begin?

I shall start with my first big, indoor project. Our end-room was defined by a nice parquet floor and a horrible gas fire. Fi decided that the fire had to go, and a wood stove came in in its place. We needed something to fill the wall alongside the woodstove, that would be homely and […]