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Bandsaw Tips and Gutenberg

This is a very handy  bandsaw video. I have reposted this for two reasons one I have stated the other is my ongoing testing of the new WordPress editor Gutenberg. It's not the best idea to mix two unrelated topics in a single post but I have done this because the the video is useful and I;m testing Gutenberg. The code generated by YouTube slotted right into  a block in Gutenberg without any fuss. I previewed the post and all is good. I did not use a block designed for code.  I have noticed that it takes longer to generate a preview of a post using Gutenberg than the classic editor. I should add that there is some useful content in the video in particular a very practical way to re-saw boards for veneers.

By |November 27th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Shaker Inspiration –Christian Becksvoort

The Shaker Inspiration by Christian Becksvoort is another excellent publication by Lost Art Press . The book has great style and is very readable  even in some of the dryer parts. The book itself is great albeit with a North American focus. Then again it's about the inspiration of the Shakers. The link in the previous sentence is to an article about the last active Shaker community in the United States.  They are all celibate which is  self limiting. The Shakers  were or still are a religious sect who are probably best  known for their furniture making simple elegant and functional. The book itself has lots of stuff about timbers and timber movement. Differences between hardwoods and softwoods and so on. Then delves into the hows and whys of furniture construction. There are lots of great photos throughout which add to the excellent text. Timbers are for the most part  not easily accessible in Australia. The book is rounded off with some measured drawings which would be a great help for anyone who is inspired to build one of the projects. The Shaker style is appealing for its simplicity . Shaker Inspiration does highlight some great problem solving and innovation in this type and style of furniture.  I was disappointed that Lost Art Press don't ship to Australia. I was prepared to pre order the book and PDF. Alas I have had to settle for the PDF version only. International buyers are directed to local businesses. There was no option to preorder or even by the book. That's my only  whinge. 

By |October 30th, 2018|Categories: Books, Woodworking|0 Comments

This Whole Gutenberg Thing

Not really a woodworking topic but I think that Gutenberg will change the way I write. What I'm not really sure about is how this will manifest itself. Each iteration of the Gutenberg plugin sees more polish and refinement as we move forward to WordPress 5.0. This is when Gutenberg becomes part of WordPress core. I have taken the chance and installed the Gutenberg plugin so that i have some opportunity to use it before it becomes mainstream.  Maybe its me but I find adding media from cloud based services a bit clunky. I primarily use Google photos and would love to be able to directly import my photos from there. The old tried and tested uploading to the site almost always works The PrinceJust JoeyA Yellow Rose

By |October 14th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

The Historic Evidence for Tool Selection and Use — Lost Art Press

This is an excerpt from “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee. There are several sources we use to learn about a 17th-century joiner’s tool kit. The surviving furniture retains many tool marks left by the joiners. These marks can include those from riving and hewing, layout marks for stock dimensioning and joinery, and even […] via The Historic Evidence for Tool Selection and Use — Lost Art Press

By |October 7th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Parquetry flooring

  What fun patching parquetry flooring. I took a small feature wall out ,not my idea but it's gone. This left a gap in the parquetry flooring. I was lucky in being able to find an exact replacement. The parquetry is Tasmanian Blue gum. I thought that pulling up a strip leaving a straight edged gap was all I needed to do. Turns out each row of three blocks has to be fitted individually. 21 rows in total. What a pain luckily I have a substantial Disk sander to speed up the process. Still takes time as each strip needs to be measured and sanded to size. Following this lots of trips to the sander to sneak up on the required size. The cat likes to help.    

By |August 31st, 2018|Categories: Renovating|Tags: |0 Comments

Wood for Turning

Spent the afternoon annoying the neighbours with the sound of my chainsaw.  Five wheelbarrows of wood that I will be using for woodturning.  Two species  were salvaged. Lots  of apple wood that came from a friend's renovation project. The apple tree made way for a timber deck. Lucky me! The olive wood was quite dirty as it included the root stump. I had to pressure clean that part in the vain hope that it would keep my chainsaw in good shape for a while longer.  The other wood came from an olive farm. The farmer is downsizing his farm from 700 trees to 500. He generously offered the trees with stumps attached to our turning club. He even had a tractor on standby to help load my trailer. I intend to carve some spoons with the apple wood. I actually harvested the wood in November 2017 and this post got lost in my draft folder. I have already carved several spoons form the apple wood. I hope some bowls will emerge from the olive stumps.    Olive StumpsApple and Olive Apple Wood

More Images with Gutenberg

Just trying the gallery tool seems to work without too much hassle. The Gutenberg thing is a bit of a paradigm shift. I think I am getting my head around it. This is an attempt to use the gallery block. Easy enough but I can't see any obvious way to fiddle with the gallery lay out . 

By |August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Furniture, News|0 Comments

Testing the New Gutenberg Editor

This is my first attempt at using the new Gutenberg editor. Looks very different and in the true style of a man I didn't bother with the instructions. I have discovered the blocks and this one is a paragraph block. The next thing  may be a picture block. I found the colour changer on the side bar seems to have popped up when I wasn't looking Ill be interested to see how  easy inserting pictures will be. This has always been my least favourite part of WordPress. The picture below was taken on my Samsung S5  and is part of a chair that I am currently repairing. The picture was downloaded from Google Pics and inserted with drag and drop.  chair repair

By |August 3rd, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments