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A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Popey » 02 Oct 2023, 17:53

Hi,

I'm Mark - based in North Swindon. I've been woodworking for about 4 years now and turning for just over a year.
In addition to woodworking and woodturning, I also brew my own beer (which reminds me, I must try and get a brew on this weekend!).

Cheers

Mark
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby RogerS » 02 Oct 2023, 18:15

Hi Mark and welcome to the forum.

We're a friendly lot but we do love a picture :D

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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby DaveL » 02 Oct 2023, 18:34

Hi Mark,

Welcome to the forum, as Roger has told you that we like pictures, don't have to.
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Craig Salisbury » 02 Oct 2023, 19:14

Welcome Mark! you're just up the road i see :obscene-drinkingcheers:
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Cabinetman » 02 Oct 2023, 19:47

Welcome Mark, I was a very keen brewer, from raw materials. But that was a few years ago now, just last week I cleared out all my equipment, it made me a little sad how little interest there was in it, in the end it was free to a good home. Shame you didn’t join a few weeks ago lol.
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Malc2098 » 02 Oct 2023, 19:50

Wotcher, from Mid-Devon.
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Woodbloke » 02 Oct 2023, 21:13

Cabinetman wrote:Welcome Mark, I was a very keen brewer, from raw materials.
Ian

...and from me. I was also a big brewer from the raw materials, but the mess it made in the kitchen was unbelievable! - Rob
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Mike G » 03 Oct 2023, 06:32

Welcome Mark.
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Andyp » 03 Oct 2023, 06:54

Welcome Mark from NW France.

Home brew beer brings back memories of my father stinking the house out with the kits then sold by Boots back in the 70s.
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Popey » 08 Oct 2023, 11:09

Thank you all for the warm welcome. Apologies for the slowness of my reply. It's been a busy few days work-wise.
I will gladly post pictures. In fact here are a couple of a project I completed a year or so ago.
I decided to have a go at a Krenov-style wall cabinet. Rather than use dowel joinery, I decided to use dovetails.
The majority of the timber is reclaimed oak - a chap down the road offered me some table legs from a boardroom table. It would have been rude not to accept :-)

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The back is shiplapped.

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Apologies if the wonkyness insults your sensibilities - they are quick and dirty shots.

With respect to the brewing - I use an all-in-one system called a Grainfather which is much better than having to use a 'traditional' three-vessel setup. I also have two of the Grainfather stainless steel fermenters and a glycol chiller so I can control fermentation temperatures. Temperature control is, in my humble opinion, THE most important part of the process. The results speak for themselves - the quality of the beer produced is easily as good as commercial brews.
The only downside is the fermenters, grainfather and kegging fridge take up a lot of space in my workshop.
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby 9fingers » 08 Oct 2023, 11:46

Wow! that's none too shabby! :lol:

A cracking job and reclaimed timber too!

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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Popey » 08 Oct 2023, 19:21

9fingers wrote:Wow! that's none too shabby! :lol:

A cracking job and reclaimed timber too!

Bob

Thank you Bob. To be fair, once I had removed any screws and milled the old table legs square, the timber was really nice. It was obviously high quality stuff.
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Mike G » 09 Oct 2023, 05:54

There are a number of Krenov fans here (I'm not one of them!) who will love your cabinet. I appreciate the workmanship, but not the style. Look out for a reply from Woodbloke who has a house full of Krenov-esque furniture, but who may not look in the Introductions sub-forum. It might be worthwhile posting a new thread in the General Woodworking forum, or Projects, where you'll get more viewings.........and now you've passed the magic 3 posts, there is no more moderation barrier to overcome.
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Cabinetman » 09 Oct 2023, 07:09

Nicely done Mark. Can’t have been easy cleaning up the inside of that door.
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby johnward » 09 Oct 2023, 08:24

Welcome Mark.
Beautiful cabinet.
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Woodbloke » 09 Oct 2023, 11:24

Nice job on that cabinet; they look simple but you soon find out how tricky they are when you build one (or a few :eusa-whistle: ) I might have been inclined though, to make the exterior more curved; it appears (may be the pic/light) that there are still flat sections that haven't been shaped; the inside looks fine - Rob
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Popey » 10 Oct 2023, 06:27

Cabinetman wrote:Nicely done Mark. Can’t have been easy cleaning up the inside of that door.

Thank you. I made myself a small coopering plane using a Hock plane kit. It worked pretty well.
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Popey » 10 Oct 2023, 06:30

Woodbloke wrote:Nice job on that cabinet; they look simple but you soon find out how tricky they are when you build one (or a few :eusa-whistle: ) I might have been inclined though, to make the exterior more curved; it appears (may be the pic/light) that there are still flat sections that haven't been shaped; the inside looks fine - Rob

Thanks Rob. There was a bit of a trade~off with shaping and making the door too thin. Personally, I quite like the effect.
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby TrimTheKing » 10 Oct 2023, 14:28

Hi Mark, and welcome to another magnificently named individual. :eusa-clap:
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Re: A quick hello from Swindon

Postby Phil » 22 Oct 2023, 10:15

9fingers wrote:Wow! that's none too shabby! :lol:

A cracking job and reclaimed timber too!

Bob




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