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post #1 of 7 Old 06-02-2020, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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Hi,

I'm Grant Crawley, for my day job I work as a computer field service engineer. It’s about as rewarding as poking a stick in your eye. So, outside work I’m trying to build up a business doing something I love, in the hope that it will eventually be able to pay the bills and allow me to leave the rat race behind.

Back in 1989, I studied Art & Design at St. Helens College, and the original plan was to go to Manchester Polytechnic to study Industrial Design. I was accepted on the course I really wanted to do at Manchester, and then absolutely hated it. The course wasn’t anything like I imagined, and I could do nothing right for my lecturers. So I dropped out and went to Liverpool John Moores University instead. Where I graduated in Technology Management. However, my heart is still in design and making things.

I have no doubt I will utilise my IT skills in the new venture. Though, the main aim is to design and make functional and aesthetically pleasing items and then sell them to discerning customers. Or sell plans for other people to make the things I’ve designed. I don’t restrict myself to any one medium, the function will determine what an item should be made of.

My workshop is tiny, it’s about 2/3 of a single car garage or 100ft² / 9m². It’s packed with tools and machinery and a workbench I started to build back in 2003, and I’m still building it.

I'm friendly and helpful but don't know many other woodworkers, so please say hi and introduce yourself.

Take care and stay safe,

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-02-2020, 08:16 AM
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welcome to the forum, Grant !!
very impressive background you have.
this is an open forum with all levels of skills and talents.
please feel free to join in the conversations that you find interesting
and ask questions to expand your skill levels and share what you know.
if you would like to know more about something, you can start a new thread.
we like to see photos of projects to share with others.
when addressing specific issues or concerns, sketches, drawings and photos
will get you the most accurate responses. (and we can all be on the same page).
looking forward to seeing some of your projects.

hope you enjoy your stay.

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Thanks

Thanks John,

I'll try and get some project photos posted up on the site soon, still finding my way around, but I like the forum content.

My skills are varied, some would say I'm a jack of all trades, master of none

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post #4 of 7 Old 06-02-2020, 09:05 AM
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Welcome to the forum, Grant!

We do like photos so show us your shop, tools, projects, etc. whenever you're ready. What sort of woodworking are you planning or doing?

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The best way to post photos in line with your text is to use Go Advanced below the Quick Reply window. If you’re starting a new thread then you’re automatically in the Advanced editor. Click on the Paper Clip on the ribbon bar and that will bring up a dialogue box where you can browse to your photos. Upload them and then put your cursor where you want a photo, hit the dropdown beside the Paper Clip, and choose the photo you want inserted. If you have several photos and just want them at the end of your text then put your cursor at the end and hit the Insert All on the dropdown list of photos.

Always post a photo rather than a link; most folks won't click on a link.

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Thanks David,

Here's a little photo montage of my latest project, it is a beehive-style compost bin. It's made of white pine and painted with an exterior grade water-based paint.

I do all kinds of woodworking, including furniture making, built-ins, box making, turning and carving.
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My attention was drawn to your post by thoughts of Downton Abbey!
The beehives are magnificent. I belonged to a bee club when at school
The hives were sited inside an old brick air raid shelter with a brick removed in front of each hive.
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A few years ago my mum actually stayed at Highclere Castle where they filmed Downton Abbey. They thought it was a joke and asked her for ID.

The beehive in the photos is really a compost bin. The idea was born out of the hatred of those awful black plastic things they sell at garden centres and DIY stores.

I've thought about adapting the design to make a real beehive. But they have some specific requirements, and not being a bee-keeper I will need to do a load of research first.

Take care and stay safe,

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