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Location: South East England

Retired bighead and returned woodworker

-- Martyn

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#1 posted 01-26-2019 03:11 PM

Hi, I’m new here (though I’ve lurked for quite a while), so I’m just saying hello.

I learned my woodworking as a young boy from my dad. After school, I was apprenticed to a local cabinet making firm, but only lasted there a few months. Why? Well, mostly because I was useless. Clumsy, impatient, lacking concentration. And I also discovered girls. Anyway, most of the time being an apprentice meant sweeping up the shavings and cleaning the lavvies. A few years ago I discovered a stash of my dad’s old hand tools and decided to bring them back to use, get rid of the rust, ply the oil can, and use up some of the beeswax I’d been collecting for a rainy day. I tried using them on a few projects around the house, and discovered that I’m still useless. But there’s promise …

At the moment, because I have to do my woodwork in the loft, I don’t have a proper bench (loft hatch too small), so I’m using an old Black & Decker Workmate. Not ideal: too low for my back, and too light to be stable. So I’m building myself a miniature bench to sit atop the Workmate, with my own version of a Moxon-type vice. It’s rough and ready, won’t win any accolades, but it will be fit for purpose. I might even turn it into a Lumberjocks Project, pour encouragė les autres who may be equally as clumsy as me.

Wish me luck?

-- Martyn

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