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  • Gary's workshop.

    My workshop is located in a space that is 6 metres x 4.5 metres....27 square metres. Aside from a selection of hand and power tools, the workshop boasts a Vicmark VM100 mini-lathe (a small version of my old Vicmarc VL250 woodlathe) and a recently acquired bandsaw for resawing windfall wood into turning blanks.

    I have the tools to undertake most common mechanical and household repairs

    Over time, I hope to expand the scope of work that can be undertaken to include cabinetmaking, airbrushing and small sculptures.
    "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

    www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

    https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

    www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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    Recently, a friend alerted me to the fact that an avocado tree and a Paulownia (Princess Tree) that had been felled near where we live....and asked me if I was interested. What's more, he offered to help me if I chose to harvest the wood. I accepted both offers.

    We cut the wood into manageable chunks and transported it to my place.

    It was about then that I remembered that I had no real way to break it down into turning blanks...so, I realised a long held ambition, and bought a bandsaw.

    It's been several decades since I had much to do with a bandsaw and it took a few minutes to remind myself of the fact that cutting green wood requires a saw blade with fewer teeth than is needed for cutting seasoned or kiln-dried wood. Anyway, a couple of trips to the machinery place saw me with the right blades.

    Today, I changed the standard blade for one suited to cutting green (wet) wood and tested the new machine on some of my windfall timber.

    While I only cut a couple of small flitches, I ended up with a small parcel of nice woodturning blanks, some kindling for the firepit and pizza oven and some fine sawdust for quail bedding.

    Now, I just need a couple of days to saw up the rest of the heap.
    "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

    www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

    https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

    www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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