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Garden Woodworking

Chopped Wood

So, after cutting a tree down, what do you do with the wood? In the last blog I talked about a few trees in our garden that had to be taken down. This creates a lot of wood, and I don’t like letting that go to waste. We use long, thin branches and twigs around […]

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Garden Woodworking

Chopping Down

It’s mostly about making things from wood. Occasionally it’s about taking wood down. We are fortunate to have a large, mature garden, that opens out onto a nature reserve. We are secluded, surrounded by trees, and generally lucky to have wood to shade under and look at. It’s a dynamic situation though. The garden takes […]

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Cabinet Woodworking

Laundry

A couple of years ago we got a new cat. He was a smashing, lively cat, whose arrival immediately set a timer on the demise of our wicker laundry basket. His claws needed maintenance, and that was his preferred means of manicure (caticure?) I had only a limited time to build a slightly less easily […]

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Garden Woodworking

A Bench for the Den

Work on The Den continues. As The Chap gets older, he becomes less likely to want to swing and slide, and more likely to want to sit and read, or to slope off and find a quiet place to do WhatsApp stuff on his phone. The Den could still play a part in this, though […]

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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 […]