Finally moved into my workshop and received my first oak delivery

Hey everyone! So it’s finally happened, I have finally moved into a workable workshop to start producing my oak products and outdoor furniture (albeit temporarily as I will at some stage be moving into a new workshop on the same site).

The last few months as always have been fairly busy, we made it through Christmas and then on the 28th December, Claire and I flew to Cambodia for the best part of 4 weeks which was amazing. We travelled all around the country, saw plenty of great sights and even managed a lovely bit of r&r on 2 tropical islands.

Since returning at the end of January we have both signed up to the MK Handmade and Vintage Fair, which runs 4 times a year at the centre MK (outside John Lewis). This is now under 4 weeks away, so as you can imagine, we are both slightly flapping at the thought of being ready for it, especially as I have very little stock and only had my first full day in the workshop on Monday 6th February! We are sharing a stall, so if you’re free the weekend of the 4th & 5th March, pop in and say hi. I’m sure we’ll have plenty of lovely things you can purchase. What stock I do have left is available on my Etsy shop.

I had bought some machines (a little while ago!) from my friend Rodas at Oxford Oak, he luckily kept hold of them for me until the last weekend of January and delivered them to their new home.

The following Friday I had my first delivery of oak, much of it being English too which is great. I best say thanks to Claire for coming up in the afternoon and helping me neatly stack it all, there’s no way I could have done it on my own.

oak delivery

oak stacked and ready for working

I spent the Saturday sorting my extraction out and setting the machines up. Then finally the day I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time came: MY FIRST FULL DAY IN MY WORKSHOP!!!!!!

And what a day it was, I started work at 8:30am and finished packing up at 6pm and in that time I ripped to size, planed and machined to correct thickness enough oak for 45 serving boards, 6 shelves and a coffee table top. Not a bad effort for a first day I thought.
Planed oak

planer thicknesser

I’m back landscaping for the rest of this week but am already looking forward to next week as I am spending all week in the workshop. I’m hopeful of producing lots of finished products for the MK Handmade Fair during that week!

It’s great to finally be able to look forward and to plan as a business, once the show is over I’m hoping to be able to make some larger items including tables and benches as well as other outdoor furniture.

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H