Not a very significant project as my first listing but with limited ceiling height I need to think about storage space as well as dust collection ducting I will be adding in the future. The cabinets are just melamine conti board from the h...
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Location: Cambridgeshire UK
I have been into woodworking for about 10-12 years, initially out of necessity rather than anything else. I bought a 150 year old farm cottage in the late 1990's and although quaint and set in a tranquil setting it needed a lot of work doing, particularly to the original sliding wooden sash windows as I soon discovered were completely shot. When I found out the price for the box sash I decided I would have a go myself, besides what could be so difficult? Just about everthing infact but eventually after much wailing and gnashing of teeth I got the job done and jolly satisfied I was too I can tell you. So as the rest of the repairs and projects materialised my experience, skill and tool collection increased with it. As it turned out I began to enjoy the work and even built a workshop where my interests soon branched out to other projects rather than just carpentry, I even began to build some furniture. At first the projects were a little crude but that didn't matter because the old cottage with its rustic charm suited my early endeavours.
The source of my materials in those days were mostly from skips (dumpsters) and reclamation sites. The builders were only too pleased to give it away. I got the whole roof from a victorian terraced house once. The roof was being reslated and during the course of removing the slates the owner found some rot in the sarking boards. Unfortunately for him but not for me the builders took out one too many beams and the whole roof collapsed into the house, Oops! I went through a lot of planer blades milling all that free timber but my cottage looked the better for it.
We moved from the cottage to a larger more modern house where i am currently installing an ensuite bathroom having landscaped the gardens over the past couple of years (trust me to buy a house where the previous owner had palnted every plant, bush, shrub, known to mankind) I have almost worn the garden spade and pick axe down to the knub in the process but I have now moved to the inside projects. This may take another couple of years to complete but I can see light at the end of the tunnel now (perhaps I should just stay put for a few more years this time)
Unfortunately I haven't had much opportunity to pursue my passion as yet but hopefully this year I will have the chance to build my workshop in the back garden. I haven't seen many of my wwodworking tools as they have been stored in the garage since moving house over 3 years ago.
I am a serving Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police in London having served for almost 24 years now. I am getting to the point where I am staring to think about all the free time I will have to work wood when I retire. I am also a part time soldier with the Territorial Army, perhaps I have a thing for uniforms?, well at least they are free! In the time I have free from wearing uniforms I just like to potter around the garden and spend time with the family.
I am married to my beautiful Julie, we have a 12 year old son. Sadly his interests are History and anything to do with militaria, not woodworking, at least Julie only has to suffer the one woodwork bore in the house
-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan
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