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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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My wife wanted to spend £80 on chipboard shelving for the airing cupboard ... sod that,  nobody will see it but us. ( I hate chipboard and fake melamine)

 

Take 3 chair seats - 2 chair backs and assorted chair bits

 

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To do ... a bit of wood filler, a good sanding, walnut stain, a couple of blanking strips for the top struts, a shelf for the bottom for wet shoes and decorative bolts. 

 

Free from scrap chairs and bits laying around

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On 8/20/2020 at 11:10 PM, AndrewDavid said:

this shed built from the ground up from an existing plot of land that had a 100 year old shed built

 

Fair play - beautiful house.  I can't be doing with Kevin McCloud on Grand Designs, I find him smarmy

 

Thanks for the 👍 @Ego Eram Reputo @BoltBait and @Seerose  ... the project is turning into Chelfgate ... she does not like my new idea for the final finish. 

Too late because it's down to bare wood.

 

A tip for anyone with a belt sander - if you're going to catch your finger on the belt, do it on 120 grit or higher ... do it on 60 grit and it takes ages to sand the blood out of the grain ... sore as hell tonight with a few layers off of my finger tip

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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  

  • Digit removal
  • Limb removal

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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8 hours ago, Ego Eram Reputo said:
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Hehehe 

 

Mine's a hand one I mount on a workbench - I've learned to be extra careful and not let a piece slide out of my hand - guaranteed it will it smack you between the legs.

 The reason there's a hand plane in my chelf picture above is because I wrapped the power cable around the barrel of my electric one 😒

 

I've not got a good track record with power tools.  Loss of thumb and index finger, 2 leg cuts with a chainsaw ( but seen far far worse) 

I even needed 6 stitches from a hand saw ... I still don't know how I did that.  At the last count it was 54 scars from work/ car crashes  or DIY injuries

 

I'm either very lucky or very unlucky ...

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

 

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

 

Still, love the craftmanship that's gone into it ... are you staining or oiling it or leaving it au naturel  ?

 

Edit ... got to ask ... is the patio prefab or actual stones ?  I like the look of that

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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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You should patent that ... great design and shows your craftmanship in making it.

 

The noise - nature of the beast ?

Ratchet style systems are always noisy/ clicky but add in some loon rowing across the channel and it must be compounded 10 fold

 

... good luck in finding a cure.   

 

Very impressed with it all mate ... if I was going to have a limb fitted you'd be the guy I want

 

Edit ... I've been thinking about this so much today I ruined my own project. 

The perfect gloss job ... like a polished mirror of a paint job, and then for some reason I fired up the skil saw ... fricking sawdust everywhere.

 

Anyways my fault not yours ... could altering the pawl angle or shape slightly,  help dampen the noise ?

 

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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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9 hours ago, Ego Eram Reputo said:

My theory is that the pawl dropping 10mm is too much. If I went down to 4mm I reckon it would be quieter.

 

 

Definitely.  As long as there's enough cog for the pawl to catch on and not slip that sounds the best option.

 

I agree about the padding being ripped off but may work well when you've shortened the teeth using leather with a high grab contact adhesive, to dampen the sound ?

A bit of a shock absorber

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Painters beware ...

 

If a sealer and primer says absolutely no sanding required before application ... use a liquid deglosser at the very least.

 

6 hours wasted and £40 down as I take my staircase back to bare wood because the primer is peeling away like rubber.

Not a happy bunny ... I'm so cranky I've just heard a neighbour say, "Punch him Trace ..."

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Not the  engineering genius of @Ego Eram Reputo... but did save 2 chairs going to landfill.

 

180 and then 240 grit to go, another coat of paints and a couple of coats of poly' - and the chelf  is finished.

Cost £0 as I used grey satin MSP and blue cupboard paints I had laying around

 

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Speaking of the polyurethane - has anyone got any experience of airless sprayers ?  

I quite fancy upcycling furniture as a winter project and spray is always a better finish than brush or roller.

Plus I'm relying on mechanical more these days as the hand gets pretty useless

 

I've experience of car panel spraying with HVLP but airless I've no idea.  Reviews vary from great to dodgy on all sprayers I've looked at

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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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3 hours ago, Ego Eram Reputo said:

You've made a very nice job of 'e.

 

Thanks.  A bit OCD over something that's going to be out of view, but if you're going to do something ...

 

Rattle cans ?  Never thought of that.   Build up thin coats they do give a good finish.  Although I've cursed a few splatters in my time.  (Appaently sitting the can in a bowl of very warm water helps eliminate this ?)

On larger projects it'll end up being cost prohibitive.  I can buy 2.5ltrs for about £25 and the rattle cans £8 for 400ml.  Will do more research on airless sprayers.

Although I fancy experiment with foam brushes, to see if they're as good as extolled

 

The chelf is sorted, I'm going to take it to the place I used to moonlight restoring e-types.  And use the pressure system there

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