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A Week In The Workshop 135

Hi everyone. Better late then never...

So, more out of the workshop this week as we managed to snatch a few days away with the 'grown & flown' children down in Devon. Had a lovely time, ate too much, drank too much, and it took far too long too get home again, but totally worth it to be with family.

A few things to chat about this weekend - an update and explainer on the new website at, the DIY MFT hinge teaser video goes viral on instagram, and ideas for an Absolute Basics series of videos; “this is a hammer” anyone..?

Lastly, let’s be careful out there; my YouTube pal Keith Brown came back from a couple of days away to find his workshop extractor running - sounds familiar! Yes, once again it seems like a rogue remote was to blame, though Keith was using a more sophisticated keychain type than the domestic remote I was using when I had my scare. Thankfully there was no fire, and no major damage done - I think Keith’s extractor has lost one of its motors - but a timely reminder to take care, especially if you’re going away for a couple of days. Don’t just switch things off, unplug them as well.

That’s all for this week. Hope to have something for you mid-week, but I have a funeral to attend, sadly, for a distant relative of Mrs 10M, so we’ll have to see how things work out.

Thank you as always for your amazing support, and I’ll catch you in the next one.

Best, Peter

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Workshop fire safety check -

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Nigel Warner
Nigel Warner
Jun 06, 2022

Hi Peter. Off to Devon myself shortly..forearmed is forewarned!. On the subject of a 'basics' for my pennethworth..iwould be be very keen. I had very basic woodwork teaching at school..where a hammer was considered 'cutting edge'. Now retired and wanting to learn.. you tube and experienced woodworkers like yourself are invaluable but as an example I've inherited a load of auger bits, forstner, brad, twist etc drill bits..and a hand drill which my dad said would be 'all I needed' but he used these in the 50's ..are they still relevant or am I just keeping them for sentimental reasons. This is just an example and certainly watching you and others you seem to rarely use all of them..could someone…

Jun 06, 2022
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Hi Nigel, and thanks for the feedback! I'm pretty sure I wouldn't touch a hand drill other than for sentimental reasons these days, but the drill bits may be worth a look, depending on how well they've been kept, and how sharp they are. I've never been one to sharpen drill bits myself, I've always bought replacements, so I'll leave that particular aspect to others who know more and are better able to explain the process. And the same with Sketchup to be honest; my old pals Alastair Johnson at Freebird Interiors and Andy Mac at Gosforth Handyman both have good series on sketch, an application that I've never been able - or interested enough, if I'm honest - to…

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