Here is a list of all the postings Julian has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Acacia wood beams|
Hi Alan -- I don't know much about Acacia but if it's for indoors you will need to do some research on the seasoning of this timber as drying out too quickly will cause it to split and buckle quite badly. If it's come straight from the sawmill I presume it will be quite green. -- Julian
|Thread: Shed Plans|
Hi Jasper -- I can't comment on Ryan as I don't know his plans but there seems to be a plethora of companies about that will build you a custom made shed however it's not difficult to do yourself and will last a lot longer than most that you will buy. -- Julian
Hi John, A workbench is probably the most important item in anybody's workshop and a purpose made one will always be the best. Have a quick look at Paul Sellers You-Tube Site He has a couple of different benches on here all of which in my opinion are excellent and anyone can build them and modify them to their own needs and size.
|Thread: I wanted to Sharpen a Pencil...|
Hi Wilf -- I used to do the same but now just use a chisel. -- Julian
|Thread: Good Woodworking Issue 236 Jan 2011|
Hi Brian - Sorry but can't help with the Good Woodworking, you can only keep so many magazines and mine went to good homes back last year sorry. I still have The Woodworker going back to 2011 though but that's no good to you.
|Thread: Power and heating|
Hi John, I think a chat with your electrician will be the best way to deal with this as there may be local issues with your supply. I have a separate 40A RCD going to the workshop via 12mm 3-core SWA (only because I already had the cable) you may get away with 6mm as you will probably only be using one machine at a time. I would definitely use electric heating in the form of oil filled radiators (your supply will need to accommodate this) as gas will create a fire hazard with airborne sawdust as will most other types of heating. Good luck with the build -- Julian
|Thread: New to woodworking–need advice|
Hi Adam and welcome to the forum - I echo Brian but will also say that you don't need any power tools if you want to be a hand tool only woodworker, it all depends on your enjoyment level. Probably my most used power tool is the bandsaw, I don't own any Lie Nielson planes or chisels but I do have a number of old Stanley planes from No4 to No6 as well as shoulder planes and rebate planes. All of these are second hand but work extremely well, the same for my chisels. The other very important thing is your sharpening system, using sharp tools is so important. I have some very cheap chisels (costing about £1:50 each) but they have a keen edge and work beautifully although the backs did take a bit of flattening. I think you should decide which area of woodworking you want to get into and choose the tools carefully and if you need a special tool for a purpose then get it. Have a look at Paul Sellers website and YouTube channel you will find a wealth of good information on here https://paulsellers.com/ Hope this helps -- Julian
|Thread: Design and draw software|
Hi Mike and welcome to the forum - I am hopeless at using cad packages mainly because my need for them is so rare I suppose. There is one free package that people like to use and that is Sketchup, I think it's available on the google site. It may be worth you trying, there are lots of tutorials (good & bad) on UTube. -- Julian
Well I wish you luck with your build John, if you have ever done any woodturning you may have a look at Andrew Hall's website He is a professional woodturner and runs courses for his Blues Guitars. He had a series of tutorials in some recent copies of the Woodworker. He is up in County Durham. Julian
Hi John, I remember reading Paul's article and thinking how well explained it was, I am sure it's not as easy as Pauls article would suggest. Also you may wish to have a look at Crimson Guitars in Dorset, I have been watching and speaking to Ben Crowe at the Yandles Woodworking Show for a few years now and he has some excellent You-tube videos as well. -- Julian
|Thread: Happy New Year All|
So do I Derek, so do I !! It was sadly lacking in 2017 for various reasons but we should be clear now to carry on as we were in 2016. Have a good 2018 Derek, see you on the other forums. Julian
I would just like to wish all of the members, staff and viewers to this forum a very Happy and Prosperous 2018. Happy New Year All -- Julian
|Thread: Looking for Ryan Davenport|
Hi Michael - I am not sure what Ryan is doing these days as due to personal circumstances he has withdrawn from official activities and we haven't heard from him for a while now. Derek's link is a good idea if the query is awgb related otherwise you may have to look further. Julian
|Thread: Small Table saw 10ins|
Hi David and welcome to the forum. In answer to your question I think the reply would have to be "use a router" for several reasons. Dado sets can be extremely dangerous and have to be used unguarded, all of the suppliers that I have seen say that they are not suitable for machines that employ electronic braking on the spindle. All machines supplied in the EU must have electronic braking as I understand it (or at least that is what my suppliers in work have told me). I went down this route many years ago having watched Norm Abram on the goggle box but now find that my router and a few cutters are much safer and more controllable than a dado set would be. The choice obviously is yours in a hobby situation but just remember that when you switch off the machine the blade will be trying to undo itself and a dado set will have much more torque than a single blade (flywheel effect). Julian
|Thread: Acorn Smoothing Plane|
Hi Dave, I have seen these in the boot sales for a similar fee so probably not out of the way. My Son is living in Bangkok and says the same about tools it just adds to your luggage weight when going home, he tends to get his friends to take stuff out to him when they visit and get a free hotel ! -- Julian
|Thread: Win with Irwin|
Thanks Derek, it's a nice clean cut with a fine kerf so yes - a good win
A big thanks to Tegan Foley and the team at The Woodworker for running the magazine competition in June. The Irwin 165mm x 1.8mm 24T Saw Blade arrived this morning in good shape all ready to be fitted, It will be interesting to see how it compares with the existing B&Q Special (not that there is anything wrong with this one). -- Julian
|Thread: Marc's carving|
Marc -- Good to see you back after such a long time. Hope things are ok with you, if I lived a bit closer I would offer to do some retrieval work on your old PC and get your data back. So long as the hard disk is ok it shouldn't be too difficult I am sure the grandchildren will be able to help you. Looking forward to more posts -- Julian
|Thread: Staircase finish|
I would go for the Rustin's as well, once cured it's like a diamond.
|Thread: Circular wooden column|
Hi David - This one is not as easy and straight forward as it may first sound. You may well find that the roller will need to be crowned and it will probably have a square shaft running through it so the roller will either need to be breached or done in two halves after milling the centre hole. I think most of the mangle rollers were made of Beach. I only repeat this because I have read it from posts on the AWGB Forum recently. I wonder if you were to look up your local woodturning club on the AWGB website you may find someone local that could do the job for you. I know your woodworking skills are very good so it shouldn't be too much of a problem for the average turner if you can work together on it. - Hope you are successful --- Julian
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