Online Bookshop

On my sister IT blog (IT Savvy), I mentioned Booktopia as an Australian version of Amazon, where they sell books, all discounted, as well as have a pretty cool shipping policy – namely they charge $6.50 for packaging and delivery for (as they officially claim) up to 100 books (but in practice is unlimited), which makes for a great deal.

I found this book in my local library:

Workshop Projects

Workshop Projects

and liked it so much I decided to get it.  Got a couple of kids books at the same time, postage all up – $6.50, and the book itself was $27.  Retails for $34 fwiw.  I wasn’t specifically looking for the discount, but was just pleased how easy it was to locate a book that I wanted, pay for it, and have it delivered direct.  There is something to this internet thing!

Toymaking Course developments

Just a brief addition – the date has been finalised for the inaugural course at Holmesglen- 29 and 30 November.

Also, GMC are being very supportive of the course, and have agreed (in principle at this stage CONFIRMED!), to supply me with some extra tools that I can use for both the courses I run, as well as getting reviewed here.

These include the Triton 3 in 1 Belt, Disk & Spindle sander

Triton 3 in 1 Sander

Triton 3 in 1 Sander

A drill press (at this stage the GMC DP250LS (The Triton is not currently available)), which will be great for wheel cutting, and well, drilling holes and the like. Perhaps some small item turning as well (axles etc).

GMC Drill Press 250 Laser

GMC Drill Press 250 Laser

The GMC LS1620 Scroll saw which looks a very interesting machine (and not the least of which because it can fit pinless blades)

GMC 1620 Scroll Saw

GMC 1620 Scroll Saw

And the DC750 1HP dust extractor (some of the tools I use really need 4″ dust extraction, and this looks a really portable unit.  It is as powerful as the one I have in the shed, but will be used right next to the relevant machine so 1HP will be more than enough.  Hmm – wonder if I should come up with a portable version of my 2nd stage collector?)

GMC DC750 Dust Extractor

GMC DC750 Dust Extractor

I will also be taking along a few other tools to supplement the ones already at Holmesglen for the courses, including the 12″ Triton bandsaw, so it should make for a fun course if only to get to play with a bunch of toys, and make some toys as well!

It is (as are my other courses) for beginner and novice woodworkers, so a lack of experience is actually a benefit.  If you are interested, contact Holmesglen Short Courses, but don’t leave it too long, as places are limited!

Speaking of which, there is another introductory Triton Woodworking course scheduled for the 11th and 12th October, which are always popular with those that attend.

Oh, and one other bit of news (and again thanks to GMC for this) – attendees of the courses (I assume the offer is for both – will confirm), will be eligible for a discount for purchases made in the month after the course from a couple of stores (I will be confirming which stores), so if you fall in love with one (or more) of the tools you get to use during the courses, there is an opportunity to try before you buy.

Cool huh!!

Onward and upward

In the past couple of days, we’ve passed 1000 visitors in a day, 5000 visitors in a week, and 20000 visitors in a month.  Not bad for a tin shed in the outer Melbourne suburbs 🙂

Lots of new stuff coming (slowly), so onward and upward!

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