It’s a ManSpace World

Father’s Day is closing in surprisingly fast – hope you are more organised than I am!

I’ve been talking with the MD and editor for ManSpace, and we have arranged a small prize for Stu’s Shed readers.

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If you subscribe to ManSpace in time for Father’s Day (at the bank-breaking rate of $29.95 for a year’s subscription (or $19.95 for the electronic version)), let me know via email or comment.  If you have subscribed already during this month, you are also eligible to enter.

I will do a draw on Father’s Day, and two winners will be able to choose to have their subscription extended for a second year, or have a second subscription to give away to family or a friend.

As a bit of a teaser, ManSpace have provided the attached PDF of some of the pages from the current edition.

ManSpace Teaser

 

Subscriptions can be arranged at www.tradestuff.com.au or ring (a real person) at Freecall 1800 623 214. An online edition is available for $19.95 at www.zinio.com  – just search the title ManSpace

Father’s Day

So hope all the Dads out there had a great Father’s Day!  It really came up quickly on me – being away for 10 days would have had something to do with that.

I had a good day with family, from being jumped on at 7am by my 4 year old, through to opening the presents she had expertly wrapped and into the day itself.

Other than a few interesting DVDs and some other bits n pieces, one of the really interesting things (that is relevant to “da shed”) was a quality hot-wire pyrography set.

The set I was given is the Brenn Peter Junior.  It is a hot-wire, with a temperature range from 350 C to 800 C.  Unlike a soldering iron (and the similarly designed pyro tools), the hot wire heats almost instantaneously – it is very responsive to the temperature settings.

I wasn’t of a mind to use it for its standard purpose, but to use it to accent some turnings.  However, once we (as a family) had a bit of a play on a flat bit of timber, that may actually change.  It is quite fun, and the term is more appropriate than it seems as at the higher temperatures flames often do lick around the tip.

So a fun Father’s Day for me – hope everyone else had an equally good day.

Some Father’s Day ideas

There is absolutely no way that this could be any sort of comprehensive list, so I’m not even going to try to cover the range of items a woodworking Dad might be interested in.  However, here at least are some ideas (and keeping the price roughly under $A100).

First one has to be a digital angle gauge, such as the Wixey, costing around $70

Wixey Digital Angle Gauge

Wixey Digital Angle Gauge

Also from Wixey is the Digital Height Gauge.  This is just over $100 (on special for $101).  There are other items in the Wixey range, but these two would be my favourites.  Both from PWS.

Wixey Digital Height Gauge

Wixey Digital Height Gauge

Next, from Chris Vesper Tools, you could look at a Joinery Knife, for $65. These individual hand-crafted tools are both functional and aesthetic.

CV Joinery Knife

CV Joinery Knife

He also makes a precision double square that is well regarded.  This breaks my rule a bit, coming in at $123.

CV Precision Double Square

CV Precision Double Square

A Magswitch product  is another tool that would be very popular on Father’s Day

Something like the 30mm Table Featherboard for $89 from Carbatec or Woodworking Warehouse

MagSwitch Featherboard

MagSwitch Featherboard

or a $65 MagSquare would make a good gift, and be continually useful in the shop.

MagSquare

MagSquare

More ideas to come…….

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