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Size isn’t everything …

Workshop space, for many, can be at a premium. For the hobbyist and the professional the hunt for workshop space can be a genuine problem of finding any and/or using it efficiently. Assuming that you have found the space you like

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Blazewear X5 Heated Insoles review

An unusual review this time, the Blazewear X5 heated insoles. At the end of last year I discovered that I unfortunately have gout. Constantly working in a cold environment can be a major contributing factor to extremely painful gout flareups

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Product Review – Makita 9554NB Angle Grinder

I used to buy cheap angle grinders from my local Wickes. These would generally only last about 9 months before they broke and had to be replaced – under the year long guarantee that came with them. Typically the lock

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Product Review – 1mm Slitting Disk

In the past I used 3-5mm cutting disks in my grinder for cutting sheet and bar stock; however since running across the 1mm slitting or cutting disk I can’t remember ever using the older, thicker ones at all. The 1mm

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Product Review: Makita Metal Shears

The Makita Metal Shears get almost daily use in the workshop. For the most part against 14/16/18g Mild and Carbon steels;  have not tested them as far as the JS3200 specifications claim: Makita part no. JS3200 Max cut in mild

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Summer Shenanigans

It’s been a very event filled few months with trips out of the workshop to yet another fruitful International Living History Fair at Bruntingthorpe, a first time exhibit at Hatfield House during their internationally acclaimed crafts weekend for the Queen

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Workshop Expansion.

The last couple of months have seen a slow expansion of the workshop into the next door workspace as well. The removal of the partition wall, changing the forge flue, electrics and lights has been expertly handled by Steve (Sutherland

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Website Updates

Today a lot of ‘hammer time’ has been lost to the website updates. I am learning that WordPress is our friend! The intended use of this blog is really to give occasional updates on the work being done in the

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