I’ve been on the radio in my absence:
This is my 1 minute 30 seconds of fame on Clare Balding‘s BBC Radio program Ramblings (This link may not work for those outside the UK). It is a series in which Clare walks through the countryside discussing a wide range of topics with people accompanying her.
What I’ve really been doing, while I was under the tarp is this:
Fixing the back splats into the oak garden bench for customers in Morayshire. This is rather fiddly I fit the two outside ones first to get the line across the bench seat. Then drill the 1 inch holes in the seat. The splats are test fitted to mark where they will meet the crest rail and I work out the angles under the rail and copy them with a sliding bevel. The most exciting part is fitting 9 round tenons into the mortices at the same time. As you can see, in order to cramp the rail on I need to first cramp on V blocks so the sash cramp will seat properly. I only run to one sash cramp (I don’t make many sash windows!) so I use a Spanish windlass to hold the opposite end down while I gently coax the splats into position.
The job for today is fitting the arms, and then I just need to level up the legs on the trailer bed, the only proper flat surface around.
Always at my back I hear,
Autumn’s wingèd chariot hurrying near.