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  • 2 months later...

*stretches and cracks back* I'm still here and painting! Y'all can't get rid of me that easily!

 

Anyway...Todd's mom and dad decided they wanted to update their kitchen. They got a consultation with an interior decorator and everything, and then Mum said, "Wait...why don't we have Alyce do it?"

 

Didn't have to ask me twice! Since they both grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, I fired up PDN and came up with several designs inspired by the lake and the culture around it. They ended up choosing one inspired by lighthouse windows.

 

Since I have a Spoonflower shop, I uploaded the design there and had them print the wallpaper. Et voila! Entirely PDN!

 

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On 10/23/2019 at 4:54 AM, Ego Eram Reputo said:

From a rabbit sized hay baler!

 

Neat job.  Nice job on the press lever and carrying handle.  I'm trying to tell if it's a mix of softwood and MDF (on the side)

Is it going to be one you use ?  If so, do you have to have inner fixings for the baling twine ?

 

You brought back a good memory of a long gone friend who made a really miniature one to compress his home grown ummm green, into ounce bars.

Many a paranoid trip transporting that and police car pulling behind me 😮

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Yup. MDF and a bit of pine trim. The "carry handle" is a slide which opens to allow the bale to be pushed through.

 

I run the strings by hand. They go along little grooves inside. It's a little fiddly however as it works so well I'm loath to change it. I've already baled around 60 bales with it & it didn't even break :)

 

Bales are about shoe box size. Next time I bale some hay I'll post some pics.

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On 10/25/2019 at 5:28 AM, Ego Eram Reputo said:

The "carry handle" is a slide which opens to allow the bale to be pushed through.

 

Neat idea.  As someone who's helped at haymaking times I'd love to see the end result.

Would much rather have hoisted shoe box size 😉

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Fair play it does a neat job.

 

Really nice job on the wood turning, the copper ferrule really adds to that beautiful grain.

I'm really mightily impressed with the harrow, what a great use of rebar.  Nice engineering feat.  Did you use a jig and heat to bend it ?  Must have as it's so symmetrical ?

The welding isn't bad either ... I've seen so much that can only be described as looking like  bird s*%t and yours doesn't. 

I love the smell welding gives off... not so keen on the odd time of arc eye.  Wanting to scratch your eyes out moments

 

My first ever pumpkin carving ( hand tremors and cameras just don't go)

 

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I made the table and chairs too.  Will have to add them here. 

2 x 2's, 2 x 1's and wood from pallets,  biscuit jointed and doweled together.  Power planed and a walnut wood dye

 

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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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10 hours ago, Ego Eram Reputo said:

Had to learn when I built a horse float

 

As in what we call a horse box/ trailer ?   Big job.  

I've built a couple of trailers but only things with sides and a back flap ... nothing with a canopy

 

10 hours ago, Ego Eram Reputo said:

Damn that pumpkin is spooky all lit up!

 

Thanks.  It's better in real life.  Tools used: Stanley knife, flat head screw driver ... and a mirror  😁

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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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22 hours ago, BoltBait said:

I love the effect a blow torch has on wood. I’ve done something similar with unfinished plywood

 

A friend of mine used that technique on the floor of a van he turned into a motor home.  With a sprayed satin yacht varnish it looked a million dollars

 

@Maggie  truly fantastic work.  Dedication and craftsmanship.  I guess this is why wedding dresses are the price of a decent car

18 hours ago, Ego Eram Reputo said:

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

 

Thanks mate.  You sound like my wife RE: the finger holes ... telling her to have less on her late didn't go down too well

 

I grudge paying for timber.  As someone who knows the industry inside out.  The mark up is in the  late 00's % from production to end sale

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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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  • 4 months later...

What does one do after tearing down a play fort that is hardly ever used?

 

In my case, build planter boxes for growing herbs on the back porch.

 

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It didn't cost me a penny to build it and it's as basic as they come.

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  • 3 weeks later...
On 4/3/2020 at 8:13 PM, TrevorOutlaw said:

as basic as they come.

 

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

 

That time of year again.  Hundreds of plants growing and then realising I can't give them away to the usual people, if lock down continues 😐

 

The plus side of lock down ...

 

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.. joke

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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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11 hours ago, TrevorOutlaw said:

...I had made 2, the one in the picture is the 2nd one

 

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

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