Posts Tagged ‘diy’

Slow and steady

Here’s today’s progress on the laundry:

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We’ve started varnishing the bench top in marine grade polyurethane. This is coat number 1 (of 4!) on the underside, so lots to go.

Laundry progress

There’s nothing like putting a 430 mm hole in an expensive bit of wood to get the heart pumping. Lacking a 2 foot wide hole saw, I broke out the jigsaw. But these are notorious for making wobbly, wonky cuts.

Enter the diy jig!

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I found a bit of board and popped holes in the right places.

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Screwed it to the foot plate of the saw

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Screwed the board to the centre point of the hole to be and around we went…

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Success! It’s not perfect, but much better than I could have achieved freehand.

This is another testament to the usefulness of a box of screws rescued from an old fax machine:

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After sanding, this is the trial fit:

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Next step: varnishing.

Love in the time of smoked chicken

Today’s post is a culinary adventure and homage to the wife.

Here’s the smoker she found at the tip for $80:

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Fired it up for the first time today:

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Four pairs of chicken breast in:

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A few hours later:

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Smoked chicken for pasta sauces, salads, sandwiches etc.

Of course, if you kill chickens yourself it has some risks:

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But it’s ok, she got me some band-aids.

You could see this as a post about food or chickens, but to me it can only be about marrying someone who has an eye for a bargain and a heart of gold.

End of today’s tiling

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Here’s where we got to. Lots of cutting tomorrow, which slows things down, but only about 25 tiles before the tiling is finished!

Tiling update

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This is where we broke for lunch: about one third done on our final wall! Once you get started it gets faster: that first row is the slowest.

Slow progress…

Managed to get a bit more done on the laundry this weekend, despite sickness and extracurricular activities. The floor tiles are all down now, and I’ve started the wall tiles:

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(‘scuse the mess: I’ll get a better pic soon)

The tapware is coming along too:

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Now we have a gooseneck tap with a spray nozzle. No sink yet though.

Can’t believe how long it’s taking, but it will be a great improvement when it’s finished.

Most of a floor

Here’s where we are on Sunday afternoon:

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some fiddly cutting:

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A few more cuts to go and then I can get on with wall tiling.  It was great to walk on the tiles I laid yesterday: makes it feel like we almost have a floor!

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