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A Week In The Workshop 151


Direct video link - https://youtu.be/4YhcqGLFj_I


Hi everyone. Hope you’ve had a good week, and are having a great weekend.


This week it’s all about that visit to Mirka, about brand enthusiasm vs reality, a little update on the Matchfit Microjig stuff, and on a related note, some follow-up on the drill press mini-makeover (eg why I didn’t do a circular insert like Dennis from Hooked on Wood) and also an unintended consequence of the DIY T-slot is that it’s a near ‘universal’ fitting - or will be with a little more work, which has already been done, but not committed to video…


I’d like to give another quick shout-out to long-time Patreon supporter and now Plus member Dafydd, and say congratulations for making it through the first round of Handmade: Britain’s best woodworker! The standard generally seems to be higher this year than last, and while the ambition of some of the projects seemed far beyond the time generally allocated, I know I’d struggle to make a table in two days - let alone one that was ‘inspired by a favourite country’!

Handmade is on Channel 4 at 8.00pm on Wednesday, so be sure to set it to record if you can’t watch live.


Congratulations also to Carla Edwards whose name came out of the digital hat for the members’ Danish Cord bundle; I’ll be in touch Carla, and will get this in the post as soon as possible.


Just as an FYI there may be a slight interruption to the flow of member videos in the coming week whilst I’m stretched a bit thin, but normal service will resume as soon as I’m able.

As always, thanks so much for your support, and it's great to have so many folks moved across here on Plus, and making it such a great place to be a part of - thank you!


All best for now, Peter




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On the subject of warranty transfers, I was fairly sure that it was the case for Dewalt, and I’ve just checked and their 3 year extended warranty explicitly says that the extension is not transferable https://service.dewalt.co.uk/uploads/UKDEWALTEuropeanPTGuaranteeTCV5Final.pdf The way its written it looks like the original 1 year warranty isn’t transferable either. And just for comparison, I looked at the warranty terms for Festool, Bosch Professional and Milwaukee, and they’re all silent on whether warranty can be transferred or not, but they all talk about you having to retain the original receipt and create a warranty registration in the “my tools” part of their website, so its written as if its your own personal warranty. Not explicit either way though unlike Dewalt w…

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Paul
Paul
Sep 27, 2022

Based on everything I've watched or read about the Mirka, it's not something I personally would buy. At that price point I'd probably go Festool because of the dust extraction, but that's me.


As far as the Matchfit stuff, I just don't see why someone would want to make a workbench where you have to use a specific set of proprietary clamps. But I was very impressed to see your DIY t-tracks can handle the Microjig stuff as well as t-bolts, other clamps, etc.


Your "additive" way of making the t-track is VERY intriguing and it opens up a number of possibilities for a variety of work surfaces. No need to do any router work, now extra expense on extrusions,…

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petermillard
petermillard
Sep 27, 2022
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Cheers Paul. To be totally fair to Mirka the dust extraction is excellent, but I know what you mean. Same goes for the Matchfit stuff too. The tricky part of making a benchtop this way is that if you want to combine dogholes and tracks, you can’t go thicker than 18mm, so you’d have to laminate it up from 6mm, including the base, and I’m not sure how that would hold up. Sounds like something I might have to try though! 😂👍

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Jonathan Skrine
Jonathan Skrine
Sep 26, 2022

I was taking close notice of the edge of your MDF table and was a bit shocked at the extent of the de-lamination of the sheet. It may be happening more into the top but that can't be seen.

The only thing I can think of is that if the dovetail shapes are placed exactly into the wedge shaped groove the load is spread but if not there is a larger load than the MDF will take on a small point.

Probably the cracks happened at the top first but then that support was removed and they happened further down.

I wonder whether ply would have been a better material or if it would happen in ply as well.

IF…

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petermillard
petermillard
Sep 26, 2022
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Thanks Jonathan. The MDF splitting has happened at a couple of points around that front edge, mostly where I’ve had to give a bit of sideways force to get the clamps out. As I say in this vid, I’m no fan of the system, but I’m intrigued by the idea of a universal t-slot that can accept both the microjig stuff and regular clamps and t-bolts. There’ll be more to come on this, and ultimately I think I will be replacing this MFT top with a plywood option, if I decide to use the t-slot idea. I have a t-slot cutter, but haven’t got around to using it yet, but a combination of that with a slight dovetail on the…

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I liked the table Dafydd, I’d really struggle to do something that size in a couple of days.


Amusing how the camera lingers on the Makita logos and no shots of anyone cutting their dominos!

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petermillard
petermillard
Sep 25, 2022
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I noticed that too Simon! 🤔 😂

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Thanks for the mention again, gutted they didn't show the tracksaw jointing method. But I can honestly say if it wasn't for your videos on tracksaw and Domino's, I would never have been able to build that table, one of the wood was really twisted, so I am glad I kept it simple 🤣🤣🤣, I will stop there before I say something I am not allowed to say 🤣🤣

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petermillard
petermillard
Sep 25, 2022
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The virtual floor of the editing room is always littered with good bits that just don't fit into the final show Dafydd! Look forwards to the next one! 👍

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