Today’s the Day on Ebay

A bit of an era draws to a close today (although it is a bit of a soft ending). My Triton 2000 Workcentre and 2400W Triton saw will sell in a couple of hours time. Feeling a bit nostalgic about it.

Back in Christmas 2001 when my wife and I were married, I had a lathe on the wedding registry (little thing, but unbeknownst to me at the time, it was the key to a massive door that had been there in my periphery since almost forever). So I had this lathe, and I needed a bench to mount it to. Around our new property (bought 6 months earlier) there were a number of redgum sleepers, and I thought a couple of them would make a great lathe stand. I did have a handsaw, but no circular saw, and this was the justification I needed to head down to Bunnings and get one.

In Bunnings, I had long admired (from a distance) these amazing orange tools that looked to be for the professionals – workbenches that I hardly recognised what they were for (in hindsight, they would have been a Triton 2000, a router table, superjaws etc). But they looked GOOD.

So I went to get a saw. Dad’s had an Hitashi for a long time – serious looking tool, and so I had an idea of what I was wanting. While there, going through all the models, one that stood out was an orange beast – 2400W, 9 1/4″ blade (price tag to match), but it dawned on me that one day, I might, just might get one of those cool looking workbenches, so I might as well have the saw that matches. Boy, was that a good call.

Got home with this thing, and if you know me, you know I love toys (uh…..tools), and this thing looked mean. When I took it to the sleepers, I was in shock – it sliced the sleeper like butter, and that was it, I was hook line and sinker into Triton at that point.

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Furniture-making course

Some photos from the last course at Holmesglen (identity of participants has been blurred).  The next furniture-making course I’m running is March 08.

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Giving the Triton 15″ Thicknesser a workout.

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Just some of the bags of sawdust generated from the thicknesser!

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My version of the barstool (made during the course)

Didn’t come out too badly – a perfect height for the workshop!

…….Yesterday

and so another course comes to a close.

This one was a bit different, mainly because it was brand new – I hadn’t run a course (advanced) before, and it was interesting starting a course with people that had already been on one of the introductory courses with me (or at the same level).  Part of the barstool (the seat) was made up by dressing and biscuit joining a number of boards together, then shaping the resulting panel on the router table.  By lunchtime of the first day, we had pretty much gotten to the same point that the previous course takes 1 1/2 days to get to (particularly given all the extra info that gets covered – setup, basic safe tablesaw practices etc).

So another fun, and successful course.

Was a bit stressful at the start though, I must say.  Was expecting, and had equipment etc for 4 people as expected, but at the last minute, 2 more had booked on, so at the start of the course I was running around trying t get additional stock found etc!  All came good in the end.

Tomorrow…….

Another course at Holmesglen coming up – making a barstool. Hope to take a few WIP photos, but once I get into it, all other thoughts go right out of the head!

I was trying to arrange a collection of extra clamps for the day, but left my run way too late unfortunately (was hoping to get hold of some Irwins). So off to Bunnings I went, and found a whole collection of imitation ones, all 600mm going for $5 each. You beauty! Bought 12 for the course – cost all of $60, and that is how much just 2 good ones would have set me back. These clamps will do the job I need – sometimes these cheap Chinese (crap) imports are all you need. I do tend to steer clear as much as I can, but just sometimes……..

Been quiet the last few days – sorry – been completely under the weather. (And it was quite a storm)

Triton Course @ Holmesglen – Barstool

I’ve modified the next Advanced Triton Woodworking course to increase its popularity (hopefully)!

What we will be making now is a barstool, with tapered legs and a back. Cost of the course is unchanged ($250), and there are already 3 people booked on, so we only need 2 more for the course to proceed.

The actual link to the Holmesglen Website is here however the information about the course itself has not been updated. It’s running next weekend (10 Nov) btw, so you’ll need to be quick, as bookings will close on either Monday or Tuesday.

So if you are interested, and don’t have anything planned for next weekend, (and happen to be in Melbourne!) give Holmesglen Short Courses a ring (03 9564 1555).

Update:  This course has been confirmed, so it will run.  There are still places available, so if you are interested, better be quick!

New Triton Woodworking Course

I’ve been in discussion with the Holmesglen Institute of Tafe Short Courses over the past few months, and we have introduced a new course for those interested in learning some cabinetry skills.

It is another weekend course (currently) called: Cabinetry on the Triton Series. The first will run on the 20th October 07.

So the three courses now available are:

Triton Woodworking – Introduction Next course is 27 October
Triton Woodworking – Advanced
Next course is 10 November
Triton Woodworking – Cabinetry
Next Course is 20 October

(I’m thinking of changing the advanced course to Triton Woodworking – Box Making fwiw)

The courses are kept short – each takes 1 weekend, which keeps the cost to the attendees down, and isn’t so difficult to commit to a single weekend, rather than a series of evenings or similar.

Woodwork 101

I’ve decided to start a new part of the blog and podcast called “Woodwork 101” (shortened to WW101).  The intention here to provide information that is specifically for people just starting out getting into woodworking as a hobby, and the sorts of things that I have come across that I found invaluable – whether this is sources of information, such as books or DVDs, or descriptions of tools and processes that once I understood them really pushed my woodworking to the next level.

One could argue that this whole blog is that anyway, but doing a quick scan, I can see a few posts that would fit the concept, but a whole heap of others that don’t, and I’m not intending on changing the overall focus (or lack thereof) of this blog to just limit it to the first steps along the woodworking path.  Hopefully, there will be something for everyone.

I am intending to have video/podcasts to complement the WW101 entries, where applicable.  They may not come at the same time however – I don’t have time to be THAT organised!  Nor will they be in a particular order, again, that would require me to be a lot more organised than I am.

So as always, feedback, comments, critiques, requests for info or for future articles/video (podcasts), tools you would like to see etc are all welcome.

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