Friday, April 17, 2015

Out walking

Yesterday was a lovely Autumn day and I haven't had a walk for ages, and this is what I get to look at. This is Lyttelton Harbour from our side, the hills in the distance are the Port Hills and on the other side of them is Christchurch.
I took these on my phone at about 9am.

looking across the paddocks to the Port Hills

A nice gentle slope after puffing my way up what I like to call "killer hill".

The port of Lyttelton across the harbour

The water tank.

Vertical firewood storage

I found a really cool photo on Pinterest of a wood storage unit and it was exactly what I wanted to make for our mudroom, it would take up much less room than the box I made previously. And as usual I wanted to use timber I already had, and there was quite a lot of left over from the reroofing, mainly 2x4's and barge boards, excellent.

It fits ! 
And here are a few photo's of the build, it started with a base of 2x4's and then I ripped down some of the barge boards to make the sides, back and top. The barge boards come already primed, so were nice and easy to paint.

Going well

The bottom shelf was offcuts from the stereo shelves

Outside and ready to paint

A little bit of trim to cover up the raw edge

Stereo Shelves

Our son has just left home and he needed a stand for his stereo and I was the right person to make it for him, as he had already designed a headphone stand and I had made it for him, lucky him.

It was a very simple design and we decided to go with pine, rather than recycled native timber, as he prefers the cleaner lines and lighter colour.

Finished off with shellac.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The courtyard seat is finished

Just an update on my courtyard seat, here it is with the small coffee table.

The seat and coffee table are being well used.

The painting of the seat took longer than planned, as the weather wasn't the best for spraying, either too windy or rain, so I just had to go for it first thing the other morning and got the majority of the seat with one coat. The electric sprayer was pretty good, but I need to practice a bit more.

All painted
 This old table is very handy and I use it to put the washing basket and pegs on while I am hanging out the washing. So time for a new top and a bit more of the macrocarpa planks were just perfect. The first plank on the left has had a coat of shellac, and brings out the lovely colour of the timber.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Courtyard Seat

The new seat is nearly finished, just waiting to be painted and a few finishing touches to tidy it up.

I was really pleased with the table I made for the courtyard, so it was time to start on the seat and I used a basic plan that used 2 x 4's, nice and strong and easy to put together. Because it is for outside I used stainless steel screws and this is how I did it.

The basic frame

Handy hint, when matching pieces draw on a triangle and number it.

Handy hint, mark which face you want to see.

Brilliant right angle clamps, makes it easy to glue and screw.

An old door about to be pulled apart for the seat slats.

This door came from the school bus shed and was solidly made of Rimu T &G and took a lot of hard work to take it apart, unfortunately the T&G was so heavily painted over it split, so I had to take some off.

Demo in progress

Once the slats were cleaned up they were attached to the base, time for the legs.

Clamps are so, so handy while it is getting glued and screwed.

Getting the cross beams in place.
So today it was all about finishing the back slats and also the capping, I didn't have enough slats, so a nice piece of skirting came in handy.

Working out how the back will look.
And the finished seat is looking pretty good and I got to use the brad gun again, yippee.

Friday, February 20, 2015

It's been a while

Not too sure where the last couple of months have gone, interesting, but I have not been idle. Mainly working in the garden and no time for the workshop, until now. Now that the new roof is on and there are plans afoot to change the courtyard and build a covered deck, but that is a future plan. In the meantime I thought I would make an outdoor coffee table and I was given some scrap timber, perfect for the job.
The legs and rails are made from pine packers that were used when the timber for the roof was delivered, no need to waste perfectly good timber. And the pieces for the top are original planks of Macrocarpa from Orton Bradley Park cottage, when it was recalled. These would have been cut and then milled at the park, where they used a water wheel powered mill, it has been restored and is in full working order.
It always make a difference to have provenance of the timber I use, a bit of history. My Christmas present was a Ryobi brad gun and I haven't had a chance to use it until today, way cool !!!

The frame up on blocks before painting

Closeup of legs with pre-cut groove.

The planks for the top, with original paint.

Painted and distressed.

Fitting the top planks.

My new toy, a brad gun for Christmas.

Finished and in place, now for the new seat.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Our wee house was formally WW2 army huts and was moved to this site in crates and then reassembled, the crates were then used as the floor boards. So although it is beautiful native timber Rimu, they are not T&G, but that will be another adventure some other time.
For now it is all about the roof and while I am sitting here there is a lot of work going on and a lot of noise, all progress.
First came the scaffolding and then lots of work to remove the old boards and roofing iron.

End of the house, vege garden amazing !

As long as I don't have to go up there !

We have been really lucky this week to have had some fine weather and not too hot or windy.
All sorts of goodies under the roof, mouse skull.
And today the old iron has been coming off and the are preparing the roof to put on the new long run colour steel.

A view from the street.

A rats nest.
For such an old house it is remarkably sound, all nice and dry, no wonder the rats and mice like it so much.

And for something completely different. A new macrocarpa post ( a piece left over from the vegetable garden) and street number we added a few weeks ago and also the clematis that decided to die on me, has returned from the dead and doing well, so now I am busy training it on the screen I made.