Monday, November 13, 2017

brick tables

now with pizza oven we sit outside even more.  needed a table for removing the pizza and another for sitting around.

Good friend saw this rock on side of the road.  weighs about 150kgs.
 Some off cuts that made a rude table.

Most of this table was the table in the dairy.  put the slab  on top and filled in the ends.

 used this barrel to see how it would look..........
 And then had this made.  i enjoy sitting at this table.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Visit to vault house.

This house is rented, so i dont get to enjoy the inside.  We were invited for dinner and it was nice ( like really nice) to sit in the living room and look at the ceiling.

I wish I had spent more time on layout of the columns, as i dont like the big joints in the columns.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Some old cool tools . still use them

This is a spanish scale.  measures accurately 5 to 100kgs.  We used it on the farm, and it agreed with the modern scales.

Not sure how old they are but certainly the one on right was at least my grandfathers.
 Yankee drill.  for some jobs very handy.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

More wood fired oven pictures

 Nephew Richard took over as roast meat chef

chicken and sweet potatoes.  Later we put coals under the rack and let chicken dry out a bit.  grease gets burnt up.

I made the fire a bit too hot, but after 30 minutes it was nice 250C just inside

Bamboo in wood frames

I took this to show the renters.  it was not clamped at the time.  came out very nice

Monday, July 10, 2017

Did I tell you we have a wood fired pizza oven.

We use it frequently on weekends.  More pictures than you want to see, but gives and idea how much we like it.

Now days it get it up to 450C on t he floor away from coals.  the coals are 700+C

 We make 6-8" pizza, individual size.  Most eat several.  sometimes we cant finish the third individual pizza

Mom relaxing......
 As head pizza chef is the kid.

 The wood door didnt work.  It burnt up after a month
 We dont only put pizza in.  Chicken in a open pot.

 Cranking it up
 Fribergs and Cunninghams.  kids are elsewhere.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

buidling with Bamboo: Bamboo gate

I have used bamboo for curtain rods, replacement of rebar in ring beams, and garden stakes, and decorative stuff.

This was my first attempt for something more difficult (but not very difficult).  After the putting the first joints i decided to go as much with pure bamboo as possible.


Frame. cross pieces pass through and then a bamboo dowel secures it
 Before the last dowel
Making bamboo dowels/ nails

 Bamboo dowels

Splitting the bamboo for filling in the frame.
 Each rails is attached with a tight fitting dowel

 Want the fit to be tight but not too tight.  if too tight it can split the bamboo.  hose clamp to keep it from splitting more

the top hinge
 the bottom hinge.  will straighten when i cement it in.