Content Thief Update

So at this stage, both WordPress and Tumblr have treated the matter promptly, and recognised the websites for what they were, and have taken them down.
Unfortunately Google is less inclined to do so, and only takes down the individual posts that are identified, one by one.  It means that every post I make, I will have to also issue another DMCA notice to Google to have the auto-copied post deleted.  A bit disappointing, you’d expect Google to be more proactive than that.

Alternion has not done anything about the DMCA notice that was issued to date.

Content thief

Despite being on the web for many years, it has been surprisingly rare for anyone to actually take any of my content and reuse it as their own, at least that I have come across.

So a note to Antonio M. Isler, stop it.  DMCA notices have been issued for most of your sites, and I will track the remainder down.

Update: the thieving prick has got it set up to automatically steal and repost my content (as I suspected), so now all his remaining sites have this post at the top, declaring him a content thief.

While some sites (such as WordPress) take the entire site down in the face of such blatent theft, others (such as Google / Blogspot) only take down the actual posts complained about.  Time they dealt properly with DMCA abusers.

Wood Show – Dunstone Design

At the TWWWS, just watching Evan from Dunstone Design’s presentation on the development of their stool design, that has resulted in the Beta Stool design, and kit set.

Waterfall stool (also featured in Aust Wood Review)

Wave stool

Beta Stool Kit with wave-style seat.

While there were plenty of tips and techniques covered (briefly), the one thing that Evan wanted to drill into people is allowing for timber movement.

There was also some very interesting points about designing for strength, and how a good design actually increases joint strength with load.

Some more detailed views of the Waterfall Stool

Beta Stool Kit

Bow Sander

Beta Stool Kit – Dunstone Design

A year or so ago, I got to visit Dunstone Design’s workshop, and had a chance to really get a taste of their design concepts, and approaches to the production of fine furniture.

As a woodworker, I am less inclined to purchase someone else’s finished product, as I really enjoy making things myself, and this is where Dunstone Design’s furniture kits come into their own.

Now even if you are much less experienced than the artisans at DD, you can still produce one or their chairs, or now, one of their stools by purchasing a kitset.

They have had their chair kit out for a while

And there is now a kit available for one of their Beta Stools.

It comes with a full set of instructions (about 30 pages of them!)

If you happen to be in Melbourne this weekend, it is even easier to get hold of one of these kits, as Dunstone Design will be at the Melbourne Working with Wood Show this weekend at the Caulfield Raceway.

Check out the MacFarlane Bowsander while you are there too

It was created by Dunstone Design to solve a particular sanding problem in their workshop while making chairs, but has proven to be a runaway success and very popular once they made some available for sale.

Dunstone Design’s website can be found here.

Drilling down

The saga of my drill press continues.

For years, I have had a full height drill press – Woodman series, that I purchased pretty early on in the scheme of things, making the best decisions that I could at the time.  That is to say in hindsight, I have been a bit disappointed in it from the start.

I tried many different ways to deal with the shortcomings – different table tops



(the second was very interesting, but WAY too heavy!)

different chucks, but what began the end-game was when one of the capacitors blew.  That was back in May 2014, and somehow I have been dealing without one ever since.


Can’t exactly remember the timing, but either late last year/earlier this year I finally got around to trying to fix the motor, replacing the failed capacitor with another.  Seemed to work, and a few 5 second runs seemed to show it was back to being functional.  Still, after having it out of action for so long, I’d learned to work without it, so it didn’t get used.

I finally needed to on the weekend – a small hole with a forstner bit.  3/4 of the way down (20mm or so), and the motor on the drill press was smoking more than the workpiece!  Soon thereafter, and the motor ground to a halt, and this time it will be permanent (at least as far as I am concerned).

So it was off to the store once-known as Masters (now in liquidation), and picked up a bench-top drill press a couple of friends have also purchased, and have been pleased with.


Got it for 10% off (liquidator’s price), then an additional 5% with my soon-t0-be defunct Masters trade card.  Cost about $350.

That will keep me going at least until the Nova Voyager drill press is finally available from Teknatool.

Can’t wait!!

HO Scale Heims Mill

HO scale building for trainsets. It was a combined effort- a MakeCNC design (Heims Mill), cut out on my CNC using a 1mm cutter in 1.5mm acrylic. Unfortunately the only colour available in that thickness is no colour at all, ie clear.
Finally, assembly and painting by my old man (it is for his trainset). It came up brilliantly. I’m no expert on what scaled buildings are available commercially, but I daresay this would be their equal.

The water effect was made with super glue, by dribbling it on a piece of plastic, then bending it while still flexible.  Very effective!

Rambutso Island

Face it, we are pretty spoiled with the opportunities we have here in Australia. Looking past the fundamentals of shelter, food, health, we can also take a drive down the road to a local woodworking shop and buy pretty much anything under the sun.  We can also head to a furniture shop (or Ikea) and pick up anything that tickles our fancy.

Not everywhere in the world affords its citizens the same opportunities, but in some cases there are some special people bringing the tools and skills to the locals to be able to make their own.

Our friend, and woodworking legend Richard Vaughan is doing just that on Rambutso Island.  Taking a stack of donated tools with him, he is running fundamental furniture making courses for the locals.

He is returning later this year to do it all again, but he needs our help.

He needs donated tools to take with him.  They obviously need to be hand tools- a power tool is pretty useless if there isn’t any electricity!

Basically he is in need of hand tools in working condition, mainly;

· carving tools (very needed),

· clamps,

· sharpening stones, both flat and slipstones

· hand driven grinders,

· hacksaw blades,

· bits for braces, especially 20mm and larger for the mortices.

· triangular files for saw sharpening

· files for chainsaw sharpening.

· gal nails from 30 to 65 mm

If you have anything that would help out, know that it is going to a great cause.

Richard has arranged to get all the tools from his place to Rambutso Island, but the tools do need to be sent to him with donors bearing the cost of postage.

If you have any handtools you are willing to donate, please send them to

7/16 Spine St, Sumner Park Qld. 4074, by September 7th.

To read about Richard’s last trip, there was an article in the last issue of Australian Wood Review.

Every bit helps!

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