Life as an Amateur Woodworker #8: Wood has such a calming effect!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 11-16-2013 09:35 PM 2402 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The last couple of days have been to put it politely, a bit frustrating. I am gathering tools together slowly, so that when we find the right house, I will be able to get up and running in the workshop, reasonably quickly, and from listening to the Locals, and my experiences of living in Spain, power cuts out in the Campo are something you learn to live with, in my case, I like to be prepared, and a Generator, to keep both the house and the workshop ticking over is a must.

Before moving to Colombia, I did nearly all my shopping on eBay, I hate trawling around Stores, so when I moved here, I started using their equivalent, MercadoLibre, to be honest it does not have the best of reputations, but I have used it, for two years, and until now, had no problem.

I found a 5000W Generator for a reasonable price, and after a couple of enquiries, bought it, transferred the money on Thursday, then saw it up for sale again Friday… WHAT??? A couple of enquiries, then realised I had been had, I am never going to see that Generator or my money again! So to let off steam, I have spent today in the workshop.

As I said in my last post, I had planned to make a wood bin, it is a simple project, I make no claim to this, I found it along with some other designs under the heading of '10 Easy to build Plywood Projects' Like all projects I made some alterations, but it is basically eight pieces of Plywood, glued and screwed together.

I used 3/4” Pine ply, nothing fancy, after all it is just a wood bin, the internal dividers, I had thought of dado cutting into the side supports, but they were going to be a tight fit anyway, so mallet in hand, I forced them into position… boy did that feel good! they wont be going anywhere for some time, and if they do move, I will just insert a strip either side, so they can slide in and out, depending on my wood situation.

It is not a big bin, by any means, but for my micro workshop, it is ideal, and being on castors, easy to wheel about in the tight space. Building this, has not saved me any space, as you can see.

but at least now, I can see what I have got, and it is all in one place!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 11-17-2013 12:09 AM

Generators are too noisy anyway, disturbs the quiet thinking process, or some such rubbish.

Not good experience regardless!

Sick em Rex I say !!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 11-17-2013 11:37 AM

Thanks Robert, I agree noisy, but if it makes the difference between working or not working…

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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