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    Default Diy/backyard projects?

    Some of mine, care to share?

    Old Broken table, put it back together and made it solid before these photos.

    Also quite a bit of sanding before these.

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    After sanding and filling. I saved the sawdust from the sanding , mixed it to a very solid paste with a small bit of cold glue and used that as a filler for cracks and holes.
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    I took a Plumbers blowtorch to it.
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    Used some exterior glossy wood guard (rystix product, water based and only 2 hours drying time also no bad smells).
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    Still needs another sanding and a few more coats but been a fun little project.

    I'll post more if there is interest.

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    That looks brilliant, post more 👍

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    More, more!

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    Nice work
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    Very cool.

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    Quick and dirty.

    I have an old table no longer in use. My wife wanted a shelf for Christmas things.

    I took it's legs off with a circular saw and bought some brackets (notice, future rebuilds on top of the table).

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    New life.
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    The table top and leftover sides will also be used.

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    Oh and my grinder also felt a little lost.
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    I'm not fond of that burned wood thing, prefer things natural.
    entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponder View Post
    I'm not fond of that burned wood thing, prefer things natural.
    Yea normally I do as well but I'm willing to risk pine to try something new.

    I'll do my son's bed soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by AstroTurf View Post
    Yea normally I do as well but I'm willing to risk pine to try something new.

    I'll do my son's bed soon
    When you start burning wood you might as well get the chops & wors out
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    A quick random ongoing project.

    Pulled this alien out of a rubbish dump in a veld near my house after carrying around 100l water a day to it for 2 weeks.

    That was around 2 weeks back.

    Thriving nicely now.

    Next spring I'll be severely cutting down the root system and making a bonsai.

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    DIY Garden /landscaping. Busy sorting out my garden, moving plants, pruning. Cutting low branches. cutting down peach trees, fig trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oppiekoffie View Post
    DIY Garden /landscaping. Busy sorting out my garden, moving plants, pruning. Cutting low branches. cutting down peach trees, fig trees.
    Before and after pics are fun

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    Another ongoing project. Now awaiting time. I want to spend a few days getting my controller case set up 100% for ease of use/maintenance/airflow before I carry on with the mechanics.


    I was given this 1989 engraving machine.
    It had been gathering dust and oil on the top shelf of a store for the last 10 years.
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    I got it home, and started cleaning it up and stripping it down.
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    To individual parts.

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    I separated the electronics from the machine completely, even emptying out the controller case and then used brushes, cloths, degreaser, parrafin, elbow grease and a high pressure sprayer to clean it up.

    Currently it looks like this.

    Stripping it down was no fun. the machine has been put through several "boere se planne" so stripped nuts, stripped screws, broken screws, almost every screw on the machine was super-glued into place.

    The nuts are all imperial and that meant that instead of buying imperial allen keys, it was easier to just moer them loose or tight.

    I also had to remove some terrible ideas from the machine. The linear rail bearings were forced into place in the wrong procedure and their adjustment nuts were stripped, and replaced, with screws and superglue

    Lots of re drilling and re threading, a bag of various grub nuts, metric nuts and imperial nuts later and here we are.

    Rails running smoothly, everything in place and correctly installed.

    My motor kit is at home, waiting for me to get a day or two to myself and then I will complete the Resurrection


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