Garage Sale tomorrow (Sat 8 Nov)

Been a busy few days getting ready for this one!  Never done a garage sale before, and given how much crap we seem to have accumulated, looks like we should have had one a long time ago!

If you are interested, it is running from 8am to 3pm, in Carrum Downs.  As mentioned before, not prepared to put my address all over this site (because Google crawls it almost daily these days, so it would be permenantly all over the web), but if you drive along Hall Road (particularly at the shopping centre intersection), you’ll start seeing the (colourful) signs (with arrows, and the address).  Don’t follow any of those other boring, handwritten garage sale signs 🙂

There’s even a 2400w Triton Router in the collection, Triton ROS, Router Table, Triton Power Planer (in its GMC colour scheme 🙂 )

Looking forward to it all being over, and all the stuff gone, so make an offer!  So much is going for $1 or $2 anyway.  Anyway, if you say that you are a Stu’s Shed fan you know I’ll look after you!

On the assumption of crowds of people (I wish), I probably won’t be able to give any tours – have to save that for the (extremely belated (aye Glenn)) Stu’s Shed BBQ.

Some more on the Garage Sale

Been doing quite a bit of sorting out of things for the garage sale this weekend, and it is quickly growing bigger than Ben Hur.  Well it might be if anyone turns up!

Thought there might be a few tools in the collection, but wasn’t sure……until I started going through the shed today.

So far the collection includes:

40L GMC Air Compressor & some accessories, 2 jigsaws (one GMC still in its box), a couple of new 3 million candle power torches (can it still be categorised as a torch when it is that bright?!), Triton Router Table (mk3 version), Biscuit Joiner, Jigsaw Table, ROS (random orbital sander), some GMC 10″ saw blades, tool box (old metal one), bunch of ring and open ended spanners and pipe spanners (think that is what they are called), wheelbarrow (essential woodworking tool), Triton planer attachment, GMC tablesaw, GMC workcentre, GMC workshop vac, and there is more out there, just can’t remember off the top of my head.  Oh, and a lawnmower that does go (just).

Then there is all the other household stuff – a computer, scanner, drawing board & T square, a stack of books, videos and on and on.  Guess if you really want to know what there is, you just have to turn up!

If you are wanting to come along, email me – I’m not putting my address all over the web! The garage sale is on Saturday 8 November 8am to 3pm.  South East Melbourne at least will put you in the ball park 🙂

November Already


Plenty of stuff to look forward to this month I think.  In the next day or two, I will be starting a new section on here for “Timber of-the-month” as I start to try to improve my knowledge of all things wooden (or at least get to know some of the range of timbers out there, and hopefully start to be able to recognise them, both in an as-cut as well as in a finished form).  Brad’s Burls as I mentioned have been very supportive of the concept, and I’m really excited to see how this project progresses.

The first timber that I have to look at is a fascinating piece of Brown Mallee Burl.

I also have a new router bit from Linbide to review for “Router bit-of-the-month” which is the first bit I’ve had with replaceable carbides.

I haven’t decided on “Tool of-the-month” yet – there are a few potential candidates, so will see what takes line honours.

We are also preparing for a garage sale for next weekend, so it is all go around here!

Still juggling….

Looks like it will just be MagSwitch (on the Carbatec Stand) and Professional Woodworkers Supplies now, so should be able to lock in some times soon.

Not much else happening above the water – duck’s legs going frantically underneath however with a number of things in process.  Won’t have time for another video until after the show (and once the voice recovers from it!)

Got out to the shed (late) last night – too late to get much done, but did get to sit down, catch a show (rewatching Firefly fwiw), and go through all my containers of screws, nails etc and get them into some sort of semblance of order (at least with the right contents in the right container).  Still want to make some new ones out of wood, but until then, the plastic ones will still have to do.

Oh, and there is some plan to hold a garage sale in early November, so want to go through the sheds to see what tools are no longer required which are taking up valuable space.

Finally, I managed to get back to Carbatec and pick up the velcro disk for the 3 in 1 (converting its disk sander to one with removable paper as well), and some thin, pinned scrollsaw blades for the Triton scrollsaw to see if that improves its functionality.

A quick trial in some MDF that got too close to the blade gave an indication that the new blades do make an improvement, but I still have an overall difficulty in that you cannot manually set the blade tension, and the as-supplied setting is not tight enough.  However, this is aleviated somewhat by getting a much thinner blade, as it doesn’t take as much force to get the required tension.  So the note the blade generated was only a C flat, but at least it could produce a note!

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