Thursday 17 April 2014

Doors installed

Its been quite an adventure into the world of machines with Tony's doors. I bought a thicknesser planer and set up a router table to process all of the regularized kiln-dried prime oak, and bought a Trend tongue and groove cutter for the router with which I am very impressed. I couldn't quite stretch to a chisel morticer, so it was business as usual hand chopping of mortices in that part of the making.

I like the finish that the planer gives even on awkward grain, but largely I find using machines tedious, noisy, dusty etc. - give me a jointer and a plough plane any day. Machines are handy to speed things up sometimes, but so much is lost, mistakes are easier to make and harder to rectify. Still the customer, and I are very pleased with the result.

Luckily I have just received news that some customers want an oak settle different to the one underway already!

So lots more hand tool use and green oak shenanigans coming soon.

Saturday 12 April 2014

Off your trolley

This trolley was my redundancy pay when I was laid off from Yurts For Life, four and a half years ago. Generosity knows no bounds.

My generator has been living on it for the past year or so, but times are hard and the genny had to go last week. The trolley is proving useful for moving stuff around the yard.

Such as Tony's garage doors! Off the trolley and on with the OSMO UV protection oil. Jolly good stuff. Smells just like their Polyx Oil, except its outside.

Sarah and Marco's new storage, now its been painted.

Who needs a day off? Jon does!