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Taking something apart is the best way to learn about it.

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Hand Made Aluminium T-Nuts


I recently installed a t-track into my router wardrobe table and quickly discovered that I didn’t have enough t-nuts to do anything useful. I vaguely remember buying some t-nuts with the track but that was a while ago and time seems to have ensured that all but one has gone missing. What more excuse do […]

Hand Carved Decorative Molding


Recently in the workshop I’ve been making sash windows for an extension we are having built. I haven’t documented the process yet as I have more windows still to build but I thought I’d capture one small aspect now – hand carving the decorative molding on the bottom of the stiles.

Festool Hose Adaptor


I recently bought myself a Festool ETS EC 150/5 random orbital sander (ROS) as I needed something to help hide my mistakes sand my excellent quality finished pieces to bring out their true inner beauty. Either way, one of my reasons for splashing out on the green rather than a lesser brand was because of their (deserved IMHO) […]

Simple and Cheap Corner Clamps


Corner clamps (also known as mitre clamps, angle clamps and various other variations on a theme) are really useful where you have a large structure that is difficult to keep square while under construction. I built these clamps to help with some sash window frames I was building.

Homemade Scaffolding Tower – Pa...


In the previous part I built a dolly system for moving the scaffolding around and fitted clips to the ends of the working platform to stop it sliding out. In this final part of the main series I’ll fit the guardrail system and build a lifting mechanism to get the scaffold up on to the […]

Homemade Scaffolding Tower – Pa...


In part six of this series on building a homemade scaffolding tower I built the platform and had a test climb of the tower. In this part I build and install the dolly system to move the tower and fit clips to the end of the platform.

Homemade Scaffolding Tower – Pa...


In part five of this series I joined the long sides together by fitting the rungs and then added some additional bracing at the bottom of the tower to stop it twisting. In this part I build and fit the platform and have a test climb.

Homemade Scaffolding Tower – Pa...


In part four of this series I completed the long sides of the scaffolding tower. In this part I’ll build the shorter sides which provide the rungs which are used to climb the tower and support the platform.

Homemade Scaffolding Tower – Pa...


In part three I prepared the legs, made some jigs and cut the rung sockets. In this part I will attach the stretchers and cross bracing thus completing one side.

Homemade Scaffolding Tower – Pa...


In part two of this series I looked at some calculations and drew up a parts list. In this part I will start the build by constructing the sides of the tower.