Another project finished...

Another project done.. making crooked fronts with square doors in openings that aren't square...

It's an advantage to have some hand planes, sharp chisels and the time to adjust and adjust again and... well you get the picture. Although the floor is 3 cm. of level on a with of 140cm, the walls are 2 or 3 percent out of dead-vertical, in the end it looks like nothing is wrong! 


Selling small items on Ebay...

Yes, finally there are some items listed on Ebay. We need to find means to get some funds for the everlasting low budget. We are starting with Pen Blanks out of recycled / reclaimed wood, but soon there will be special ones from the native wood species from our vicinity as cork-oak, amendoa (almond), Eucalyptus and olive wood. The items are in the side-bar Ebay gadget.

2x oak 1x mogno
1x oak 1x beech x1 mogno

1x mogno 1x beech 1x oak
We do have some "one time" acrylic specials as we do not use them in the workshop ourselves.


Making a garden bench (part 2)

Now the slab is reasonably flat on one site it is time for routing out the cross-connections over the split of the eucalyptus seat. They will be filled with some almond wood strips and visible beech dowels..

Meanwhile I'm trying to make the first video of 2017 for the #notjustsawdust YouTube channel.

Time to saw some strips for the crossbars... And get a new router bit, this eucalyptus is pretty hard!


Making a Garden bench (part 1)

It's been laying outside for almost one and a half year now, this Eucalyptus tree, cut in to four slabs. The two outer ones will at some point be used for some stools or little tables, one is so "turned" that I will have to cut it up in short pieces, but...

this one seems pretty straight. It is very wobbly, because it was just cut with a chainsaw while the last part of the tree was still standing. Using a hand or electric plane to get it flat is no option in this stage, so.. the first action is to flatten one of the sides with a router.

The slab was about 12 cm thick, now the first side is flat (more or less) there's about 9 cm left.
Time to take a nr.5 and start using some muscles. The dark space on the right is what's left under the height of the router jig, it's also the part that has to be rounded, to make it more comfortable to sit on.

It took some time, but the treatment with a hand plane seems to do the job. The split at the end will stay, it will be a creative feature on the seat of this garden bench to be...


Less of all the bad we saw and more sawdust!

Now don't take this to seriously! Yes, the twin-brother is back.
Wishing you a happy new year with less of all the bad we saw and more sawdust!


Something Different: A Blues song...

Yes, it's been a while. Still we wouldn't want to skip on our annual Christmas song! Well, more a song about why the world doesn't deserve Christmas this year, so it's a blues... For the first time Mirjam (the lady of the Casa) plays the Satellite dish bass, I'm singing and playing RBG (recycled box guitar) my twin brother plays slide on another 3-string RBG and our long lost brother came to visit us from the USA and well... plays some bells. All the instruments were build in the Not Just Sawdust workshop, and only reclaimed wood and recycled materials were used. In all, a very different video than our normal contributions to te world of woodworking and recycling... Happy Holidays !!


The old carpenters workshop

Whenever there's family or friends coming over to Portugal we invited them to "O Electrico", a restaurant beyond any imagination. A building and "art"park, made totally out of recycled materials where they serve the finest of local Portuguese food at a fixed price for all you can eat and drink (we Dutch like that) in a surrealistic surroundings full of creativity.

Another reason to take people to "O Electrico" is the museum. Inside you'll find the Portugal of a few centuries ago. They show how people lived, went to school, how they worked. Next to all kinds of trades, including the workshops of a blacksmith and hairdresser who also was the local dentist, there's an old carpenters workshop situated in one of the rooms. Going back a few hundred years, it's a woodworkers paradise when it comes to antique handtools... (it's hard to take pictures from the little door-opening, you should see it in real life!)

 O Electrico is located at Rua da Chã, Relva, Sao Miguel, Vila de Rei, Portugal


Going to an auction..

There's an auction twice a year in a village nearby. All profits go to a good cause, so it's a matter of looking for one or two things between all the goodies that mostly would have ended on the skip, if it wasn't for the opportunity to donate it to charity. I did find a few items which I thought at least would be usable and became part of the bidding wars. Well, no, as a matter of fact it was more a case of helping out the auctioneer begging for a raised hand among the chatting and laughing crowd. I bought an antique little mantelpiece clock for 3 Euro's, some coloured sand...

However there were 3 items that were marked in my 1 euro stenciled catalog. They made me spend money...
 Yes the first 10 Euro's went to a saw, needs sharpening, but one with the quality of days gone by.

The second 10 Euro went to a tenon saw, and it's of an excellent quality, same brand and just needs sharpening.
 And well, at the bottom of my wallet a found some more to spend, 14 euro's this hand drill went for, it came with a few really good, sharp and well cleaned bits, of which one is adjustable. No, it's not metric but who cares.....