South East Woodworking Show


Anthony Bailey

Monday, February 20, 2012

Hello Everyone

I hope you have all had a good week whatever you have been doing. Mine has been a busy one as usual, first of all having a massive clearup in the GMC workshop with a lot of help from Mark Baker the Woodturning editor. It was long overdue and with a special purpose, which I will reveal next time.

Following on from that we both had to work on articles for Woodworking Plans and Projects, Woodcarving and Woodturning in the workshop, so all in all, a very busy week, while Derek Jones the F&C editor was caught up with his own separate workload. Friday was a trip out with Mark to do a profile on a woodcarver in Essex with me taking the photos.

The weekend was a little easier but I was working on a book and also making the doors for two display cabinets I have built in our village hall. I was using a rebate cutter to allow the glazing to be fitted in, but the Utile timber I was machining had some short grain and resultant spectacular tear out. I wasn’t taking any chances so I decided to do what I always advise against, ‘climb cutting’ i.e. machining in the wrong direction, just enough to remove some wood before doing the full depth cut in the right direction. It worked and finish was vastly better. After that we still fitted in celebrating my youngest son’s 18th birthday so it wasn’t all slog!

On another note, I expect to be at the South East Woodworking Show at the Kent County Showground, Detling which is on the 9th and 10th of March. So why not stop by our stand and say hello, I will be there all day on the Saturday. It will be a great chance to meet fellow woodworkers including our readers.

Bye for now, Anthony

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