There have been a few days off whilst I’ve been ill with diarrhoea (British spelling). Well the world has stopped falling out of my bottom so some progress has been made. This is the worst of the last images I left you with. However a...
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Location: Devon, England, UK
I've done many jobs in my time from computers to shelf stacking but the one constant has been my hobby of box making. I do some furniture occasionally but mostly boxes (without visible splines). Recently I've become interested in patterns and use these in boxes, cutting boards and wall hangings. This has developed into the use of all over patterns on boxes.
I like using exotic woods and found Lumberjocks whilst searching for Ebony.You'll see a lot of that, plus Purpleheart, Padauk and a lot of other highly coloured woods in my work.
I woodwork for the challenge and enjoyment it brings. When I'm in my workshop all the everyday problems seem to disappear. Planning projects and overcoming woodworking problems are where I get my mental kicks. I design the vast majority of the things I make and whilst I do NOT provide plans if you follow the blog I sometimes do of a project its not that difficult to work out how things are made.
An important note for anyone following my work. Particularly the blogging part. When I demonstrate techniques, guards and safety features are not shown in the interest of clarity of the particular point being made. It is YOUR individual responsibility to take any and all safety measures you see fit in order to protect yourself when woodworking. I am NOT in the business of telling you what safety measures to take. So no whingeing and don't bother telling me I need to work safer. My safety is MY responsibility.
I like trying different approaches and techniques. Unfortunately though I never got on with turning. I'm a great one for accuracy.
I like making my own tools and jigs but these are only a means to an end for me. Enabling me to complete whatever project I've just dreamt up.
Before you get any ideas about me being competitive, I march to my own tune thank you. Like most of the world I design in and use the metric system. If you need to know the imperial equivalent of one of my measurements there is a calculator in the device you are using to read this with. There are 25.4mm to 1 inch. Its not rocket science.
-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com
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Well the large parts came out of the vinegar OK. The main casting cleaned of rather easily and ( Arlin, you might be interested) the paint was untouched. The paintwork is of course chipped and worn. It need removing and ...
I really have cracked on today. A lot more done, or started, than I thought I would. So to clean all the parts. Following some advice from, Roger Bean, I’m trying pickling the parts in white vinegar. In a bucket Small parts fir...
First thing to do is strip this little beauty down to its component parts. The bolts out of the jaw that fell off. One mounting hole is clear in the vise body and the other contains the other half of the sheared jaw bolt That wil...
Recently I helped my friend, Laurie, set up a lathe and workbench in her shed/ workshop. For my pains (which weren’t that great, I thoroughly enjoyed it) she gave me this bench vise It’s going to need some restoring. Rest...