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Mike Dempsey

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About Mike Dempsey

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    Senior Member, Raffle Sponsor 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Birthday 26/09/1963

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    furniture designer/maker, laser engraver
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  1. I like it. Good to eventually see a table on these pages that doesnt have 10 litres of resin slopped over it and wooden legs instead of these horrible metal pins!
  2. Finally got my Border Terrier yesterday. Just over 8 weeks old and a wee cutie. He's a 'proper' dog!
  3. You are better off down the east coast as we dont have any midges in Fife!
  4. Took my daughter who is a student nurse to her hospital placement in Cupar yesterday for a 07.15 start. Went past Kingskettle (home of the famous Singing Kettle) and it was -15C in the freezing fog. It was -6C in Glenrothes when we left. Funny how there can be so much of a temperature difference in about 6 miles.
  5. Mike Dempsey


    In a normal year about half the kids who go to the local primary school pass the front of my house. It cracks me up to see that the majority of them are obese and they are followed by their big unhealthy obese parents. I have advocated free sports for kids for decades now as the benefits far outweigh any financial costs. The argument against that has always been about cost. This last year's expenditure has shown that where there is a political will there is a way. From every small town upwards there should be big sports barns where sport could be played all year round so that the weather doesn't put people off. I'm not just talking about the football and rugby type sports as well. Everything from sailing to skiing and hockey to scuba diving. Teenage girls love dance. Nothing difficult in organising any of it. The capital costs may be a few quid in getting facilities built, but its creating employment as well. Get kids hooked on sport at an early age and combine it with advice on diet, give them free proper food at sports weekends/camps. Think of the money saved from keeping them fit and active twenty or thirty years down the line. There are also the savings to be made from the social work/criminal justice side, decrease in property costs regarding bored teenagers and vandalism. For anyone who doubts that this will work, I have actually been involved with youth earlier in my life for over 20 years. Property Services Dept in the council gave us £10k to devise some projects over the seven week holidays. They saved more than that due to the reduction in property repairs to public buildings. It was just unfortunate that these projects couldnt be expanded as nobody was willing to fund them. It has to be the way forward.
  6. Looks a good buy at £255 plus the postage
  7. Yes. As part of the first process you can heat the timber inside to 70 degrees centigrade or higher.
  8. Just to let people know, I have now posted up the advert for the saws etc in Arbtrader. Mike https://arbtalk.co.uk/classifieds/category/1-chainsaws/
  9. Just to let people know, I have now posted up the advert for the saws etc in Arbtrader. Mike
  10. Half a tree table would be extremely heavy and would warp and twist all over the place as it was drying out. Still an expensive table but a bit of a fake
  11. Its difficult making money as a woodturner. There are literally thousands of blokes in sheds all over the country with very little overheads, giving stuff away for nothing. This is mainly to do with their wives fed up with their stuff cluttering up the house so its given away as presents. The ones who seem to make any money are the ones who are good enough to teach and write about it!


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