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Garden Woodworking

The Den – part 4

The ever evolving Den I’ve been writing about a play-fort or Den I built for my son. It began as a platform with a slide and a ladder. In Part 3 of the story I had added a swing. This was formed from a long beam suspended between the Den and an A-Frame. The swing […]

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Garden Woodworking

The Den – part 3

So how is that Den looking? I built a structure in our garden that my growing son could use as a Den. I wrote about its construction in an earlier blog (Part 1 here, and Part 2 just there.) It started as a raised platform with a ladder and scramble board to climb up and […]

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Table Woodworking

TV Table – part 3

Putting it together. We needed a table on which to stand our new TV. In previous blog posts I talked about making a table top, a shelf and a pair of legs. Time to turn them into an actual table. Then our TV can have something nice to sit on and our cat something nice […]

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Table Woodworking

TV Table – part 2

So, the legs. In a previous blog I began a project to build a table for our new TV. Our failing eyesight required us either to give up watching Only Connect, or to upsize our screen so that we could once again read the clues on The Walls. So far, I have talked about how […]

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Table Woodworking

TV Table

Eyesight gets worse as you get older. This project started when we began to lose the ability to read The Walls on the television quiz show Only Connect. We would have to sit far forwards on the sofa for that round, to make the writing big enough. It was no good, we would have to […]

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Garden Woodworking

Fencing

“The grass is always greener on the other side–that’s because we can’t see over the fence.” (Marsha Hinds) I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that much of my woodworking involves making replacement parts, particularly for things that go outside, around the garden. The biggest replacement so far has been to rebuild a 14-metre section of our […]

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House Technique Woodworking

Lamp Clamp

Making replacement parts… Sometimes a big thing can be rendered useless when a small part of it breaks or goes missing. I’m beginning to find that with some basic woodworking skills under my belt, I can fashion replacement parts and keep things alive for a few more years. This is most evident around the garden, […]

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Bookshelf Woodworking

Where to begin – part 3

No job is ever finished. I began this blog with the story of how I created a set of bookshelves to go in our end room. The shelves filled up a third of a wall, between a new wood stove and the back door. I didn’t think it would be wise building anything around or […]

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Garden Woodworking

The Den – part 2

So how is that Den going? I left off the previous blog having erected and concreted a set of huge poles and assembled a platform between them a metre and a half off the ground. Next, I needed to add some walls, a roof, and a means to get up to the platform. The walls […]

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Garden Woodworking

The Den

In his book, Good Clean Fun, Misadventures in Sawdust, Actor and Sawyer Nick Offerman writes “We all start with building a tree house of some sort.” This was my turn. We had a recently arrived child, and a hole in the hedge left by a dead bush. I was getting the hang of swinging a […]