Melbourne Racing Carnival

I’m still editing my workbench build video together! Seriously?!

No, it isn’t some super epic production ala The Ten Commandments or Avatar, it’s just been built at the wrong time of the year. I work in the sports and racing betting industry, and when you work in this industry in Victoria, Australia, well, Christmas comes in Springtime.

The Victorian Racing Carnival builds up through spring, with each week bringing higher quality races with it. It reaches its crescendo in the first week of November with the Melbourne Cup being held at Flemington Racecourse. The Cup is run on the first Tuesday of November each year and is such an event and important time of the year, that it is even a public holiday across the whole state.*

It is such a large event that online betting companies effectively plan out their whole year around it. A Spring Carnival can make or break a companies year, so when it comes close at hand, it is all hands on deck. And that is essentially why I still haven’t finished editing, there just hasn’t been enough hours in the day. But finally, finally; the carnival is over, and spare time becomes a thing again! I’m committing to getting the first part of the build video out by this weekend.

It’s such a useful bench too, I really wanna show it off! The total cost was just a tad over $200 aud and it it has made such a difference in the shop that even I, a notorious tightwad, still think it is tremendous value. The thought of working on a plastic trestle table with fold out legs seems crazy to me now, but, that’s all I did for years. A solid bench makes a big difference to your enjoyment levels in this hobby, I can vouch for that.

It even doubles as an outfeed table, woop woop!
It even doubles as an outfeed table, woop woop!

I’ve used it for a few projects already. Keeping the workshop clean and having only the current project out on the bench is a great motivator to sneak out and get a couple hours woodworking in. It makes it much easier to see what is done and what needs to be done.

I’m currently working on a letter box similar to the one I made myself last year, this one will be for a Christmas gift.

Making the half barrel, lots of glue used here.
Making the half barrel, lots of glue used here.
My jig to cut the box joints. As this is decking I also planed the grooved side smooth.
My jig to cut the box joints. As this is decking I also planed the grooved side smooth.
And the softening the joints, marka line all the way around and file til your hearts content.
And then softening the joints; just mark a line all the way around and file to your hearts content.

The original video is below if you haven’t seen it. I’m making essentially the same project, just from different wood. Mine was Spotted Gum, this one is Merbau. Excited to finish it off this week and start on something new.

Oh well, gotta go, this video won’t edit itself…

* (Some country regions┬ádo not have it as a public holiday but instead have a separate holiday on the day of their local area’s cup race instead.)

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