Having taken my Wife over to the UK for a couple of weeks to meet the family, it has been hard to get back into a routine, I have done a couple of small jobs, one of our neighbours had been helpful, and let our Builders work from her garden, so I had promised her a new house name plaque, when I was straight, it has only taken three months!...
I haven’t a clue what the timber is, it is a hardwood, but I am still getting used to the different wood types available, in Colombia, it didn’t take too long, I selected a font from the computer, using Matthias Wandel’s BigPrint I entered the size I needed for the timber I had, and it printed it off on three sheets of paper, here is where I seem to differ from many woodworkers, they appear to prefer then sticking the template to the wood, and routing it in situ, I on the other hand, prefer to take a few minutes longer, I place carbon paper under the template, and trace out the letters, remove the template and rout the timber direct, less mess!
I would then normally burn the inside of the letters with a pyrography kit, but that is something still on my shopping list, two and a half years after arriving in Colombia! so I use a permanent black marker, and then three coats of varnish.
That done, and presented to the recipient, I decided it was time to do some more work on arranging the workshop, and I desperately needed some more storage space for timber. I had some metal parts from a bunkbed the previous owner had obtained from the local prison, and a number of hardwood planks he had filled with nails and covered in paint, I had removed the nails, so decided that with the metal struts as side supports, I would use the timber for legs and cross supports.
Because storage space is at a premium, I didn’t want to sacrifice any to make room for this rack, so I have made the first bay one metre high, then it sits above what was in the space originally. I have then used some rough timber to make cross supports between the metal sides, to rest the timber on, a good afternoons work, but why stop there? so I had a total clean out, and reorganisation, jigs put on the wall, machinery moved around to make better use of space, and a good brush and hoover. Now it is looking more like a working shop!
The timber is not sagging, it is badly warped construction timber, from being left lying in the garden, for I don’t know how long, I am going to keep turning it, in the hope I can reduce the warp, if not, I will use it for small projects.
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright