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Illness is just plain boring. I was sat in bed thinking I can take this opportunity to think out all…

Illness is just plain boring. I was sat in bed thinking I can take this opportunity to think out all my blogs and make plans! Do you know what i actually did? Nothing i was just ill my brain was on fire and it was all bad! Now i am just left with the most annoying cough in the land! You cough all you want but nothing ever happens! Anyway before i get into the dos and do nots of illness let move back on to the topic of metalwork and providing you with insights and tips as well as seeing if i can make it relevant to life in general to!

I wanted to look at the topic of evolution. No not the animal kingdom but the way things you make often evolve from the design you had in mind, be it because what you thought of does not work or simply that you find a better, bolder, stronger and maybe easier way of doing things.

The bench I am making for my friends Kerry and Spencer. It started off as an industrial bench with two legs made from 40 x 40 x 3mm box section. This would have given a clean look in the industrial fashion but in reality when you are looking at something that is going to get a lot of use you have to be aware of the fact that it needs to be solid enough to take on two maybe three people! It also needs to be strong enough to have kids jumping all over it and not collapse after 10 minutes which sadly is what would have happened if i had left the design untouched!

As you can see from the pictures the bench looks great but it simply would not last! Obviously I am frustrated because I have this idea in my head which I cant move past right away! So i did what I always do in times of uncertainty. I send a whats app message to the guys I share the yard with and got their opinion. Usually there is some piss taking that goes on but they usually come up with a plan if i cant or support or shoot down a theory i have depending on how stupid i am being! Alex suggested side supports welded to the legs and then screwed to the wood. I wanted to stay with the clean lines but knew this would be the best way to move on. As i now had confirmation from someone i trust that the idea would work that is what i did!

There is a lesson here somewhere and it goes like this. Do not be afraid to deviate from your plan as if it’s not going to work there is no point in holding on to it. Also, if you have people around you that you can trust to give you good advice, make sure you run your new plans by them. You do not have to be alone in these things, seek advice where you can or even just confirmation of what you know as that way you will not have to keep making mistakes through lack of knowledge.

All the bench parts

With all the parts made and smoothed and ready for paint it wont be long now till its done!

Its all ready to go to paint and by that I mean I have to rattle can paint it which I hate as I am not good at it but i am learning. Ill do another bench blog to show you the end result, that way you can see what has taken me so long to create.

This also may give you an idea for something you might want built or want to build your self and if i can be of any help let me know.

Tomorrows blog is all about looking at products for Christmas as that is a time when everybody has half an eye on what would make a great present for great aunt Joyce. Lets see if i can get you thinking on what to get her. Have a look at my Etsy shop and you can see what i sell at this time of year! Click me!

I Left You For A Time But I Am Back Now Building Benches!

Illness is just plain boring. I was sat in bed thinking I can take this opportunity to think out all my blogs and make plans!

You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind To!

2 years ago i could hardly make my bed and to be honest im still not too good at it. I do however seem to have found something i can make. Furniture! In the past two years ive learned enough about metalwork, welding and construction  to make furniture for my own house as well as making tables etc for selling. I can not describe to you the feeling that gives me. Im not telling you this to brag or…

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The Dog Walk Both a Mental and physical thing! 

This here is my dog Lilly! She is a handful. Good Morning. As i sit here and write this im thawing out after a long dog walk in the first really cold morning of winter. I have to get up at 6:15 every morning to take Lilly, our American Bulldog out when its all quiet and more importantly mostly dog free. Lilly always reacts with barking and jumping with other dogs as she wants to play as she ia…

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The Dog Walk Both a Mental and physical thing! 

This here is my dog Lilly! She is a handful. Good Morning. As i sit here and write this im thawing out after a long dog walk in the first really cold morning of winter. I have to get up at 6:15 every morning to take Lilly, our American Bulldog out when its all quiet and more importantly mostly dog free. Lilly always reacts with barking and jumping with other dogs as she wants to play as she ia…

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The Dog Walk Both a Mental and physical thing! 

This here is my dog Lilly! She is a handful.Good Morning. As i sit here and write this im thawing out after a long dog walk in the first really cold morning of winter. I have to get up at 6:15 every morning to take Lilly, our American Bulldog out when its all quiet and more importantly mostly dog free. Lilly always reacts with barking and jumping with other dogs as she wants to play as she ia…

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The Dog Walk Both a Mental and physical thing! 

This here is my dog Lilly! She is a handful. Good Morning. As i sit here and write this im thawing out after a long dog walk in the first really cold morning of winter. I have to get up at 6:15 every morning to take Lilly, our American Bulldog out when its all quiet and more importantly mostly dog free. Lilly always reacts with barking and jumping with other dogs as she wants to play as she ia…

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Marketing Tips With A Twist!

Marketing Tips With A Twist!

Hand made by me for use in front rooms or to work on or even by the bed as a night stand! You have made your piece of work and you are proud of it, mine was the table above. There is no space in your house to keep it and you would like to buy that new set of spanners you saw at the shop last week! Well one could pay for the other couldn’t it? We spoke yesterday about the amount you should price…

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Now the mists of stupidity have somewhat lifted from my life IE I am not a musician with a will to…

Now the mists of stupidity have somewhat lifted from my life IE I am not a musician with a will to drink the world i am finding more and more that i want to please people. This is a total reverse of attitude from when i was Jim Distortion Lead single of bands. Now i am finding that my calm is providing me the opportunity to see things from the sides of others! This is good and bad there is an upside and a down side to everything of course.

Jim Distortion rock Singer Mode

a different time in my life when maybe i hadnt realised quite how to behave!

With this metalwork i always want to do the best job i can and make the people who will end up with my work as happy as possible but sometimes that can go to far. You have to be careful to know your limits but also understand why you are doing something in the first place! What am i talking about you ask!? I’ll tell you.

When my life was me and a band or me and a bar i didn’t care much what others thought or did as the music was the end product and if people liked the band they would usually tolerate my rubbish wanna be rock star stuff! I never went too far but i had my moments. Now im using my hands to make things i do worry what everyone thinks as im a bit insecure about my talents but also i one person loves what they get then they will show and even tell others what they bought and who made it!

Now caring about all this is great but then it can go to far when you start to obsess about what people think of what you make and by extension what they think of you! That my friends is not healthy! Finding the balance and knowing when to say “Its Done!” is almost as important as doing the best you can.

Why are you telling us this? Well if you are still with me and reading on then ill tell you! Today i stopped ongoing work with a nice man who offered me what i thought would be the occasional welding job to help ease his stress in building his products. What actually happened was i had a sudden and large realisation that it was all too much and that if I was to do this regularly then id have to work before and after my day job every day of every week to keep up. These days with having a wife and a son and also a full-time job all of these would suffer if i kept that on working at that pace.

Above are pictures of the items i made and its a lot of work for a part time metal worker so maybe you can see my point as this was only about half of what needed to be done!

Even though i enjoyed the work and seemed to be doing it well that realisation was important. If you don’t see where you need to draw the line the thing that brought you pleasure would become a chain around your neck and that is when the fun stops!

I value every job I do and if i hadn’t of tried i would have never known my limits but you know what? I am glad i did as now i know what i can and can’t take on and also that its ok to choose yourself over others on occasions. My next project is a Gothic shelving unit for cds and game cases that is shaped as an arch! Keep coming back to see progress on that and all things that i make!

See the things i have made Right Here!

The Trouble With Being Me Is…..

Now the mists of stupidity have somewhat lifted from my life IE I am not a musician with a will to drink the world i am finding more and more that i want to please people.

I Delivered Yesterday!

Not only did i make something for a client but i was as there when it was put in place and saw the reaction of he people it was made for! This  as great! Sometimes you have to see the end-user and what they are going to do with what you made then and also see if they are happy with your work! Very often if you make something and sell it over the internet you never hear from the people again. Some…

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I sit on a chair most of the day at my job in the tattoo shop when i am not on my feet with clients,…

I sit on a chair most of the day at my job in the tattoo shop when i am not on my feet with clients, talking through their artwork desires. I bought the chair, its ugly but functional! I sit at a desk all the time I am at work when I am not on my feet etc etc. Do you see where i am going with this? We all sit at or on furniture we all have places where we put our books or magazine and indeed places to sit on or at at home to. Furniture is something that you pick for yourself because you like it or it was cheap or it was just something you felt you needed.

I now can make my own furniture. We needed a new table for the entryway in our home and if I was to buy the table i wanted it would be way out of my price range. I said to my wife ill have a go at making it. To her credit she didn’t laugh at me she simply said OK and told me the kind of table she would like and luckily we agreed the design.

It’s a daunting thing making something that will be used everyday by your family or even by a customer as they will be reminded of you every time it does something bad. If it rocks on its legs its your fault! If it is not flat on the table top that is your fault etc etc!

Make sure if you are making steel legged wooden topped tables chairs or anything with a right angle in it you have a few of these:

magnet

You cannot do level straight or true tables or chairs without these guiding magnets! Make sure to keep the edges clean or it wont stay a true 90 degrees!

These magnetic beauties along with a solid metal flat and level surface will mean you can get all your corners the exact angle you want them and that is the key to making great furniture! So now ill show you the table I made. The wood table top was sanded burned stained and waxed so woodwork is even harder than metalwork but the two together I think, look great!

I love the fact that this can now sit in my house and the fact that when someone comes into the place my son stops the person and says “My daddy made that!”

It’s very satisfying to make furniture something people will use constantly and will stand the test of time. I made a console table in the same kind of style to sell which is available should you feel the need to have something now one else in the world has!

Console Table

Hand made by me for use in front rooms or to work on or even by the bed as a night stand!

I haven’t been doing this that long but already I am making things I never thought possible. What ever it is you are doing this shows one thing. If you are serious about your subject you can do it!

I was also asked to make a metal work bench for a customer but that is another blog!

Click on me to see more about the console table and you can own a hand-made piece of furniture that will last for years to come.

Furniture!!!? I Cant Make That!

I sit on a chair most of the day at my job in the tattoo shop when i am not on my feet with clients, talking through their artwork desires.