Tuesday, 30 June 2015

EBay comes up trumps

Apologies if I keep saying how much I hate EBay.  I think it starts with the principle of getting something for nothing which, as a seller, is 'painful' and as a buyer, encourages the greed in us that we wish didn't have.  On a less moral high ground I just hate its systems, lack of help, paying through the nose in terms of their charges (taking a per cent on the postal costs as well as the item, being the most annoying) and then Paypal's charges and so on. 

Then, just like lots of others, I can't resist a trawl when bored or using them when I have no idea how to get rid of things I don't want.  Supping tea with the devil.

Here's my latest purchase for a couple of pounds plus postage.

by Headley Holgate and Pamela Ruddock

It is a terrific book for anyone with skills and tools and would be an excellent primer for someone setting out with the intention of being a 'serious' furniture maker.  I knew this before buying but hoped it would give me some pointers and even measurements and plans for bits and bobs like a kitchen table, a desk, some book shelves.

When you are someone who doesn't know her birch from her cherry, her veneer from her balsa I think a bit of night-time reading might be helpful.  So you know what I will be doing tonight.


  1. I have a copy of this book :-) I haven't made anything from it but I do love to look at all the fab projects and dream LOL

    1. Think mine might just become a dream book too but what the heck we all need to dream. Thank you for dropping a line. Hope this build isn't too creakingly slow for you. I promise you each of my previous three projects were done from flat pack to fully dressed in six months so you may want to visit them if this is like watching paint dry. I am trying to make it last.

    2. I've had a couple of houses on the go for years now, Em, but I am at last making a start on one of them LOL You are very welcome to visit my blog to see my excruciatingly slow progress!

    3. Ah! I know your blog but thanks for the reminder to go back for a wander round. I am in absolute awe of people who have more than one property on the go..... How do you keep all that stuff in your head? I've made three and a half projects and they have all moved on to other owners so I thought I would make one to keep but if I do that it will be the only one I can have. My house won't take two.