Progress of sorts


Finally some physical progress in the projects from the work shop. Seen here is our new composting bin made out of scavenged pallet wood. It is roughly put together but sturdy though and the lid and handles are yet to put on so it has a temporary one in place. Since losing the allotment last year we have been chucking the bio waste away but now there is a place to turn that oozing mass into something useful for the garden. Will report back on how its going and hopefully we will have something useable from it in the not too distant future.

Onwards now to the next wood project and more of that story later.

Long time coming..

IMG_0509.jpeg A person needs a place to rest before contemplating the tasks ahead and for so long I have been without such a perch. Well today I remedied that and used up some of the scrap pallet wood in the process. No plans used, no internet research just good old fashioned bodging with a bit of glue, screws and a power tool. One of the task I have at the moment is to make enough space in the workshop to actually get on and do things but too long it has been used as a bit of a dumping ground with lots of gardening stuff. So my list of jobs include making racking and storage for all this extra clutter and getting it out of the way of the real fun stuff. There has been a request for a compost bin that fits in a certain space and I have started that in order to make space to move around in. For this I have done a bit of research on the interweb and as usual there are many ways to do it. Again I am keeping to my KISS methodology and have got general measurements for area and then from a back of an envelope diagram started to chop the wood up. This has all been done by hand, although I have a large-ish array of power tools the hassle of getting them into the right places and powered up would have taken longer that just whizzing through timber with a rip saw. So back to it, well back to it after I have had another sit and cup of tea!!


Whilst dodging the snow showers and rain and a rainbow that I nearly got to the end of.. if only.. just a little further.. shame I could get camera out before it disappeared but it was one of the most spectacular ones I have seen I collected the final load of pallet wood. Thankfully just before the skies opened and snow started whipping around. It’s amazing how lovely a nice warm car is in such conditions, just took some time for fingers to thaw out enough to drive again.

So what to do with all this wood well bench top to start off with after slicing accidentally through the current one with a circular saw. The I have had a commission for building a dolls house stand this wood won’t be good enough for that. However I am going to build a workshop stool for those pondering moments with cuppa tea and a pencil stuck behind my ear. Then maybe some trays like the ones you were forced to make at school and that ones family thought was the most amazingest thing in the world ever until an uncle (engineer) tapped in on the side of a table and it fell to bits. There is a life lesson. I just need to find an outlet for them so I can flog some to fill ‘the’ jar up. Might have to see if I can inflict them on family friends first.

Wading my way through 4HWW as have not found huge amounts of time to read and reading at night especially in bed is a guaranteed way of falling asleep for me but I am inching way through it. In fact I have a stack of books I need to read and having got started I am actually looking forward to reading more again.


and as a final note here is a seasonal look at somewhere I plan to cross one day either boating or walking.

and loved Julia Bradbury’s programs.