I was asked what I had spent the last few weeks doing at an interview recently. As I’ve had a keyboard break, here are a few things I’ve been doing instead. As I missed out on this stuff at school, I decided to teach myself a few useful manual skills: carpentry, some steel work and a bit of restoration.
Damaged porthole: 1mm stainless steel frame, split in five places and being put back together.
I cut the fold making it easier to straighten using hammer and blocks of sapele.
Then, welds are done for me, leaving me with some therapeutic work – hours of polishing. I create a rubber bobbin to allow me to use a wide variety of emery and micro mesh abrasives on my Dremel.
The only disappointment is the remaining dent as removing it would split the weld.