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The Kitchen – part 5

The kitchen now works as a kitchen again… Almost. I have been telling the story of how we took the opportunity presented by a boiler and water cylinder failure and transformed a somewhat dark and crowded room into a lighter, open and more spacious creative area. How I ran some remedial repairs, drew up a […]

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DIY House

The Kitchen – part 4

Onwards. Dave the Builder has been busy. I’ve been writing about the destruction and rebuild of our kitchen. In Part 1 I described how the room looked when I bought the house. Part 2 outlined the plans I had to rebuild. In Part 3 we began to knock holes in walls and move things around. […]

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The Kitchen – part 3

So, there I was, about to create havoc in our kitchen. in part 1 of this tale, I talked about how the kitchen first appeared when I bought the house. in part 2, I drew up plans for how I wanted the room to look. Now it’s time to start knocking walls about. Everything needed […]

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DIY House

The Kitchen – part 2

A few years ago, I (well, with some help) rebuilt our kitchen. This is the story of the decision-making processes I went though, and the new design that resulted. In the previous post I talked about the original layout of the kitchen, and how it looked when I moved in. As soon as I could, […]

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The Kitchen

Our house was built in 1967. It has had two owners so far. The original owner put the house on the market in 2001 so that she could retire and move closer to her daughter. She had kept the house very well, although as you would expect, the décor was “of its time”. As any […]

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Cabinet Garden Woodworking

Pottery Store – part 3

I’ve been talking about a Pottery Store cupboard I made over the summer. This store is to house the tools of the trade of resident artist, MakeWalkRead. In Part 1 I covered the basic design and measurements. In Part 2 I constructed the frame and shelves and then clad the sides and roof with featherboard. […]

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Cabinet Garden Woodworking

Pottery Store – part 2

I’m building a cupboard that will go outside and provide a store for the pottery and craft tools and supplies used by my wonderful wife, MakeWalkRead. I spent the previous post designing, measuring, sketching, and deliberating. Now it’s time to get out the saws, screwdrivers and hammers. Before I can assemble the frame, I need […]

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Cabinet Garden Woodworking

Pottery Store

We have a potter in our midst… My wonderful wife, MakeWalkRead, is building up quite a reputation as an expert wrangler of clay. The house and garden are steadily filling up with nice pieces, and her Folksy Shop sees brisk business. However this does mean the dining room spends most of its time under a […]

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My First Year

I began this blog a year ago. Happy Birthday Messing About With Wood! On the 29th December 2019 I signed up to WordPress, with the idea of documenting my efforts with chisels, saws and drills. I didn’t really have any intention for the blog. It would be little more than a personal record, I could […]

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DIY House

The Chap’s Room – part 2

So there I was, knocking down a fitted wardrobe to make the Chap’s bedroom bigger. In the previous post, I got as far as removing the back wall of the fitted wardrobe, which left a hole between the two bedrooms where the wardrobe doors used to be. Now I need to re-use the removed breeze […]