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01-15-2014 11:20 PM

Avoiding tyre kickers - 37 replies

At the time of writing of this, I’m about 80% through preparing a website for my business. I am quite pleased with what I’ve done so far, been through the archives, got (nearly) all the photos and started writing copy. What I’m really concerned with is ‘tyre kickers’. You know the ones – someone here des...

11-13-2013 12:38 PM

Floor to ceiling doors to fit a crooked alcove. - 14 replies

I’m scratching my head a little here. I have a six door closet to fit into an alcove with floor to ceiling doors, after carefully measuring the opening with a pinch rod and level I know that over a span of 8’ 6” the floor drops to the right by 1/2”, the ceiling to the right is 1 1/4 higher and the wall on the right is not...

11-09-2013 01:12 AM

Is there a Chess Player in the house? - 10 replies

“Man cannot live by bread alone” – that’s why my second favorite website is Anyone fancy an online game? My user name on is Lord_Renfield – if anyone else is a member on you could post your user names here – game on.

11-06-2013 11:41 AM

Applying a bead to the edges of a cabriole leg? - 3 replies

Excuse the rough sketch, but if I wanted to do this how would I go about doing it? Would a scratch stock with a bearing underneath work?

10-21-2013 10:35 PM

Screw-ups waiting to happen... and how to prevent them. - 25 replies

For every type of operation in the shop, no matter how simple or complex, there’s a way to screw it up. I’m not talking operator error, like cutting the wrong side of the line, gluing something out of square – or sanding through a veneer. There are screw-ups that you don’t even know about until you’ve, well, screwed...

10-07-2013 07:44 PM

Pricing Demons - 40 replies

OK, so it’s not strictly woodworking, but I’m in a bit of a quandary here. A woman I did some work for a couple of years ago got in touch to ask if I could renovate her Mother in Law’s bathroom. Total rip out and refit. The job is now done apart from a bit of grouting, getting rid of the rubbish and giving her the bill. This...

09-29-2013 12:40 PM

Makita 3 function SDS drill - problem? - 5 replies

Maybe it was too big an ask of this Makita SDS to break concrete around a drain. I was chiselling long enough for the front end to get so hot that ‘black stuff’ started dribbling out around the chuck.It still works but does it need to go in for a service?

09-24-2013 10:11 PM

Core bit drilling, hammer on or off? - 4 replies

I have looked for answers to this question on t’internet, but there are a lot of conflicting opinions ranging from ‘use hammer action’ to ‘using hammer action will destroy the bit’.Does anyone know how to correctly use a tct core bit in a concrete block wall? I know it’s not wood related and I should probab...

08-30-2013 11:31 PM

Which is less likely to cup on a 9" deep shelf, SYP or poplar? - 11 replies

I have a customer who wants long shelves made, supported by wooden brackets that use diagonal braces. The shelves and brackets will be painted white. They are going to hold books and one of them is also longer than 8’, so man made board is out of the question. My timber supplier has nice 10” wide 4/4 planks of SYP at 16’ ...

08-28-2013 10:56 PM

Is that the best you can do? - 12 replies

Being English, I only ever used to haggle over things on a foreign holiday or at a car boot sale. But over the years I’ve gotten to know the timber merchants, hardware stores and paint shops where I can ask before paying ‘is that the best you can do? and get something ‘thrown in’ or they’ll knock a bit off. No...

08-15-2013 11:45 PM

Fixing a burnt out shipping container - 11 replies

I have been a soccer coach at our schoolboys (girls too) football club for the last number of years. We fund raised and bought a steel shipping container for storage of goal posts and other kit at the pitch a few years ago. Some dipshit with a box of matches got their summer holiday joillies by burning the container out. Accelerant through a ...

08-11-2013 10:33 PM

Lucky... - 18 replies

OK. I admit it. It was a stupid thing to do.I got distracted and left a chisel on top of a unit – then started sanding the shelves.Chisel + Vibrations + Gravity is not a winning formula. Just a reminder to you all that leaving things where they are likely to fall and cause injury is not a smart thing to do.

07-17-2013 08:17 PM

Decorating problem - 3 replies

It’s a long story, but I’m going to be doing some painting for someone in the next week or two. They have a problem patch above a shower in an en-suite bathroom. My guess is that the ceiling was originally painted before the plaster was thoroughly dry, and the guy with the roller didn’t dilute the first coat of paint.The proble...

06-30-2013 04:09 PM

A few thoughts on getting your name out there... - 6 replies

Well ok, just one thought for now… I just wondered if anyone has had success advertising in any Home and Interior magazines? I’ve had many, many thoughts on what to do once my website is live regarding driving traffic to it, and it seems reasonable to run a small ad with the web address in a glossy Home & Interiors mag –...

06-04-2013 03:38 PM

Working further from home, avoiding the pitfalls - 4 replies

In the seven years that I been a sole trader, 90% of the work I’ve done has been for local clients. When I say local, I mean within half an hour drive of my home and workshop. This has suited me because as well as woodworking, I have had to be around to look after my two children. For the most part I’ve managed to keep all the balls ...

06-01-2013 01:11 AM

ITRO - just how big is 'the region'? - 8 replies

In woodworking, if you give an estimate for a job ‘in the region of’ $XXXX but it turns out to be more, is there a limit, expressed as a percentage perhaps, where you exceed ‘the region’? 0-10%, 10-20%, 20-30% etc? Is it down to each man and his conscience? Is it good or bad business to ask a customer to meet you ha...

05-13-2013 09:49 PM

Finishing quandery - what would you do? - 16 replies

I’m nearly at a point where I can begin spraying my latest project. I know exactly the order in which this will be done apart from two doors with full length mirrors.This is the first time I’ve made doors in this particular style, offset shoulders hold the mirror at the back with bolection mouldings pinned at the front to hold the mi...

04-14-2013 05:19 PM

EuroJocks, anyone got an Elektra Beckum/Metabo PK255 table saw? - 3 replies

and if you have, is it any good? Can’t find a review anywhere.

04-03-2013 01:02 AM

Why Fixed base when you can plunge? - 14 replies

I have never used a fixed base router. Fixed base routers are not big here and never have been, they look awkward to me for depth adj. and bit change, and don’t have as good a view of the cutter. You could say I’m suspicious of them. Or am I wrong?, what is it about a fixed base router that makes it better than a plunge router? They ...

03-29-2013 12:52 PM

(It was) Urgent Capacitor Help (but now it's sorted) - 18 replies

Thought I could smell burning yesterday, went to turn on dust extractor this morning to find the capacitor is fried. There’s all stuff coming out of it. Sourced a replacement but it won’t ship for a fortnight, I need the dust extractor more than the bandsaw at the moment, I’m thinking can I borrow the one off the bandsaw for a ...

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