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I've had a harrowing time lately.....

 

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Largely fabricated from 12mm rebar.

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...fortunately I've got a handle on it....

 

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Rest assured the wood is sustainability harvested 😁 I cut it down last year for firewood. It's known locally as tree lucerne (Cytisus proliferus or tagasaste)

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45 minutes ago, welshblue said:

Did you use a jig and heat to bend it ? 

 

Nope. I cold-rolled it using a simple handmade jig. The 16mm rod on the end of the harrow required a bit of physical exertion and led to the demise of four bearings.

 

47 minutes ago, welshblue said:

The welding isn't bad either

 

Thanks. I'm self taught. Had to learn when I built a horse float :)

 

Damn that pumpkin is spooky all lit up!

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That looks amazing Maggie! The bead-work is really beautiful.

 

@Welshy: Great tray. Lots of good wood in pallets. Me, I'd need more finger holes :) 

 

I saw a home make-over show which burned the exterior wood cladding of a two story home. I thought it looked horrible on that scale. It was not sealed so the carbon kept coming off. Made a terrible mess.

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Very talented people on here :) 

 

That skull is superb @Eli - I see it's one of those folding ones.  I guess you printed it after making it in PDN?

 

@Ego Eram Reputo that handle is top notch and so shiny :)

 

@welshblue the wooden tray is fabulous :)  I just know @Woodsy would have been very impressed too :)

 

@Maggie that dress is so beautiful - jolly well done 😍

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4 hours ago, Pixey said:

I see it's one of those folding ones.  I guess you printed it after making it in PDN

 

Yes, @Pixey . I saw a skull on the net but it did not have the pattern so I decided to make one. I printed it probably ten times before I got it right. It is just a cube but those angles gave me a fight :) . 

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1 minute ago, welshblue said:

What else do you need for herbs,  except excellent drainage.  Nice use of surplus timber.

 

Compost.  Herbs love compost especially if it's organic made of organic materials - food scraps (no meat,  big NO-NO), grasses, leaves (makes excellent mulch and compost), chicken or sheep poo, and hay.  We have a neighbor that has a John Deere tractor and he recently turned the compost pile.

 

Thanks...I had made 2, the one in the picture is the 2nd one.  When I have a chance, I will take a picture of our enclosed, raised-bed garden for growing our own vegetables.

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15 hours ago, welshblue said:

 

One for the herbs that like it moist and one for the herbs that like it dry ? 

Your compost sounds a good mix - I like to add paper/ cardboard (brown only) to add a bit of bulk - but then it's not organic

 

You ever thought about keeping the leaves separate and making a leaf compost ?  Real black gold

 

I only grow veg because I'm told to.  Forcefully ... 

This year potatoes, cucumber, sweetcorn, spinach,  3 different types of peas, 3 different types of bean, 6 different tomatoes, 3 different lettuces, 3 different onions.  Plus various soft fruits.  The work involved can be nullified by the crappy, volatile Welsh weather sometimes and the yield isn't worth the space and time taken up

 

My real passion is flowers.  My wife still finds it amusing that 'someone like me' is so into raising them either from seed or cuttings

You should see our compost pile.  It is a gorgeous shade of black.  I like to add leaves to the compost pile because of its organic matter.  The stuff you are growing are similar to what we are growing and right now, we are growing cold weather plants - kale, strawberries, cabbages, and onions.  As soon as the calendar flip to mid-May, we will begin to plant late spring/early summer variety and then plant heirlooms in late summer.  I'm not familiar with how Welsh weather operates although I know in the mountains of southwest Virginia, it has its own weather system.  We had weird weather pattern.

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I have a huge German-built belt sander which I suspect is a repurposed war engine. I have two grits for it  

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On the plus side, the beast is so heavy it takes two hands to operate it. I'm in more danger of being dragged right across the work piece and thrown into the far wall.

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My most recent creation...A wooden rowing machine.

 

Seat is mounted on some repurposed skateboard trucks.

 

A cycle computer provides some basic feedback about time, distance & speed.

 

Ratchet & seat return are powered by 10mm bungy cord. Yep - I even turned the pulleys & the handle.

 

Surprisingly, it works even better than I expected! Except for the noise. Yeah, it's a bit noisy. I might reduce the teeth height on the ratchet to see if that quietens it.

 

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16 hours ago, BoltBait said:

That's pretty impressive!

 

Thank you :). I really enjoyed making it.

 

13 hours ago, welshblue said:

That's a great fusion of carpentry and engineering.  Is that a bog standard log/post lathe turned for the cord housing ?

 

Thanks Welshy. Yep - I found a bit of firewood and turned the five pulleys from it. I think the wood was Tree Lucerne (Tagasaste [sp?]). I'm judging that by how pale the grain is.

 

13 hours ago, welshblue said:

I'm guessing the 'ratchet' is the return mechanism and tension adjuster ?

Normally the closer the mesh the more quiet it is.

 

What sort of ratchet have you used. 

Different countries use different terminology eg a ratchet to me is like on a socket set or a ratchet strap ... one click at a time

 

Yep- the return, no for the tensioner. I made a friction pad which runs on the back of the flywheel to tension the thing. The ratchet was to provide positive drive in one direction and freewheeling return in the other.

 

I actually designed the ratchet in PDN - I'll upload the image later.

 

Pathway = poured concrete which is imprinted with a pattern using a stamp like a heavy metal cookie cutter. The pattern is similar to Random Stone on this page https://www.concretenetwork.com/stamped-concrete/patterns.html

 

 

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I'm going to reduce the height of the teeth. My theory is that the pawl dropping 10mm is too much. If I went down to 4mm I reckon it would be quieter.

 

My second option is to pad the tip of each pawl. Felt or leather come to mind. It has to survive the rotational forces - I can see padding being ripped off quite quickly.

 

Sorry about your glossy finish :( I have MDF dust everywhere.

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Looks very sweet! You've made a very nice job of 'e.

 

I only use polyurathane in a spraycan. I put on several layers of satin (matt) then finish with a coat or two of gloss (the gloss is harder wearing).

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