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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 […]

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Garden Woodworking

Fork Handles

Repairs are part and parcel of keeping a home. I did intend to write up an outdoor project I started many years ago, but a more recent bit of outdoor work interrupted. We have a good garden and veg patch, and there’s always opportunity for digging. Wear-and-tear happens though, and sometimes repairs are necessary. In […]

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Bookshelf Woodworking

Music

It’s not all about books. In an earlier blog I noted our family’s propensity to fill the house with books, necessitating new shelves to be assembled every few months or so. However, books are not the only things that need shelf space. I’m old fashioned, and like to keep a library of CDs. Back in […]

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House Woodworking

Banister

Strictly speaking, I didn’t make a banister… A banister is a handrail with supporting posts at the side of stairs, there to help people move up and down and stop them falling off. When I first moved to this house in 2001, I quickly came to hate the banister that was here. It was a […]

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Bookshelf Woodworking

Obelus and Radical – part 2

The boy’s mathematical bookcase project continues… In the previous blog I talked about the design of a bookshelf for my son’s bedroom that would have mathematical symbols hidden into the shelves. I had bought the wood and marked it all up, and was beginning the assembly. I tackled the most complex piece of work first; […]

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Bookshelf Woodworking

Obelus and Radical

The Boy’s bedroom projects continue… He has a lot of books, of course, and a newly modelled bedroom that didn’t offer anywhere to put them. I could’ve bought a regular, free-standing bookshelf… Alright, I couldn’t. I was bound to end up building one, wasn’t I? His room had a thin slice of wall in the […]