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DIY Garden House Technique Woodworking

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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Cabinet Garden Table Woodworking

Cold Frame – part 3

The Cold Frame is coming together. I have the window frames for the top, and base and legs for the bottom. Now I need to build the middle. The size of the frame’s box is set by the size of the window frames, and the angle at which these will sit. It’s time to get […]

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Garden Table Woodworking

Cold Frame – part 2

So, I was working an a new cold frame, made out of the old cold frame, which was made out of an old shed. In the previous post I made a plan, then measured and cut lengths of wood for some new window frames. Now to get out the router. I need to give the […]

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House Technique Woodworking

Book Stand

So, I’d made a White Horse with a Scroll Saw. Now I needed a use for it. About a year after I had first practiced with the scroll saw, MakeWalkRead said “I could do with a book stand for the kitchen. Something that will hold a big thick cookery book at an angle, keep it […]

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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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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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House Technique Woodworking

Dovetails

For Christmas, Fi got me a place on a woodworking course, which I took over the weekend… Not far from where we live is an organisation called the Sylva Foundation. They are an environmental charity who work to connect people and trees. They look at forest, land and wood resource management, and at the uses […]