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I'm Peter Millard and I make short-ish videos on YouTube about woodwork projects, some client work, handy hints and tips and the occasional product or tool review, and this website has links to all my social stuff as well as the stuff I use in my videos and a bit more about me.
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Skil saw or Plunge saw?
I'm a big fan of the plunge saw or tracksaw and have used them for many years, but every time I show them being used in a video I'll guarantee that I'll get a questions asking what the difference is between a tracksaw and a regular circular saw. So I thought I'd do a quick video about just that, and also throw the guide-rail mounted circular saw into the mix as well. The plunge saw I use in this video is mine, and the other saws were provided to me for the purposes of this video by the nice folks at Skil and Evolution, so many thanks to them for their help in putting this video together.
Lath & Plaster Patch-up
I'm trying out a bit of 'domestic DIY' here at 10-minute towers, and I though this one may be of particular interest to anyone with a Victorian or other 'period property' as this was the standard method of construction, back then, and the issues of repair and renovation are pretty much consistent across all periods - just like the bodged repairs that so many properties suffered during the 60s and 70s. A podcast listener mentioned this approach that he'd seen on YouTube, so I thought I'd try out a slightly simpler version before taking a sander to the wall...
I picked up a few lighthearted comments in the recent Stanley No.5½ Jack Plane refresh video, about how I didn't do the classic 'shave the hairs on your forearm' thing to demonstrate how sharp the blade was;. It was all in good humour - it wasn't a sharpening video, after all - but it got me thinking, what if I sharpened and honed the blade carefully, could I actually shave with it?
Well, I had a plane I needed to sharpen, and I needed a shave...
Stanley Jack Plane Revitalisation
So I've never really been a 'hand tool' guy - doing the kind of work I've done for the last twenty years, and particularly for the last five or six when it's mostly been fitted furniture I just haven't needed them much, and when I say hand tools, I particularly mean planes , chisels, saws, because obviously, I have a whole host of stuff specifically made to hit things, tighten things up and screw things down. But when I did my recent Birch Ply and Wenge side table project, I realised my little Stanley smoothing plane wasn't really the tool for the job, and needed something a bit better...
Festool MFT top replacement
I've been meaning to do this for ages, and have finally got around to it. Replacing the top on my MFT isn't a big deal - it's only held on by four screws - but it's in such an awkward location that everything needs to come out - and off - for me to be able to do it right. And that means moving the MFT, after roughly ten years of being in the same place; who knows what I'll find under there...