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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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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 Woodworking

Cold Frame

There is something very satisfying in salvaging wood, and seeing it go into new things. As I was saying in the previous post, in 2006 I tried to move a shed from outside our kitchen to a new location at the bottom of the garden. We were working on remodelling our kitchen, which included adding […]

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Garden Woodworking

Compost Fettling

Spring and Summer in lockdown. What to do? There are always things going on out in the garden. I should use the time to do some tidying up, and fettling of the various things that tend to decay over winter. Specifically; the compost bins. I built these many years ago. Four bins in all; two […]

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DIY House

The Bath – part 3

Onwards with rebuilding the bathroom. In the first part of this story I talked about fitting a new toilet and sink, building box-work to hide the pipes and planning the layout of tiles. In part two I fitted a new bath and heated towel rail, and fitted tiles as diamonds. My attention now turns to […]

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DIY House

The Bath – part 2

So, there I was, rebuilding the bathroom. In the last post I talked about fitting the toilet and sink, and how I approached tiling and boxing in pipework. Now it’s time to turn my attention to the bath itself. One problem I face often when working on the house is the conversion from imperial to […]

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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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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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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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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 […]