BigFryMan

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  1. In other cool workshop news I managed to pickup a well loved tormek T7! Came with the horizontal tool, knife, ax and scissor jigs. The 3 things on my list to add is the japanese waterstone wheel, gouge jig and the little leather wheels for honing the inside of gouges. Had a bit of a play with it this morning and sharpened up all the kitchen knives and they came up well enough to shave my hand so that's a good start. I usually like my carving gouges a little bit fingernail shaped and struggle to keep the shapes consistent by hand so hopefully with will help a lot. I love it, but I don't think I'm ready to get of my waterstones just yet.
  2. Thanks FiddleDoug, I have been thinking on the same idea, but without removing the siding. There's probably a gap of about an inch between the bottom of the siding and the flashing. That might be enough slope to get the job done. Alternatively, I've been thinking about getting an angle grinder and just grinding the edge of the slab down a cm or two as it's unnecessary overhang anyway. This would allow me to bend down the existing flashing. I think the garage may have originally just been a carport and someone just decided to wall up the gaps between the pylons and that's why this wasn't thought out very well.
  3. Time for a progress update. Got the first coat of varnish on the wall and window trims, got a big piece of 33mm laminated ash cut to size for my main bench and found some rot in the corner in the wall to the right of the wall i'm working on. So it looks like the termite barrier/flashing on the outside of that right wall sight on a concrete overhang and therefore doesn't slope away the wall. On the contrary, in a few spots it slopes toward the wall. Any time we get rain, the water ends up running into the wall. I think my only real solution is to lift to temporarily bend/lift the flashing up and angle grind the edge of the slab into a slope away from the wall so I can bend the flashing down. Anyone have any better ideas? I'm not really sure how anyone thought this could ever work. Aaaah one step forward 17 back.
  4. Two reasons. 1. I was too lazy to work out cutting the studs in the wall to do a single wider window, 2. I really value having my tools super close to hand so 2 windows just above bench height eats into my tool hanging space too much. 3. (bonus reason) I really like the look of it now and (bonus bonus reason) it means sun on my bench from a couple of different angles depending on the time.
  5. Managed to get a bunch done on the weekend. Second window in, finished the pine lining, cleaned up the right hand side wall ready for lining. Still need to finish the window trim on the inside and add the trim and shield on the outside also. Quick sand on the inside and it'll be ready for varnish. After that I can install a new bench on the wall. Bunnings (big box hardware store) sell an Ash 2400 x 900 x 33mm Hardwood Laminated Panel for $173 which I may cut down slightly and mount to the wall as my main bench. I was going to restore some reclaimed timber for my bench, but I don't have an electric planer or thicknesser so would take me weeks with handtools. What are your favourite bench features? Obviously a decent vice and holes for bench dogs. I've seen some benches with a gutter at the back to hold small tools. I would guess that would just fill up with wood chips hahaha.
  6. After work yesterday fitted the pine lining up to the noggin yesterday and got the powerpoints fitted off. Next step will be to install the bunch of insulation up to the ceiling line.
  7. Nick, Does this tend to cause glue ghosting later on? I like the idea, but am nervous to try that on my own violins for that reason.
  8. Yup, good old QLD! There was some bushy trees sitting up against that wall before I cut them all down. Wherever trees rub against the cladding I seem to have that green tinge.
  9. Well it's been months and I've been very slow in getting my workshop setup. I never fully realized how much work it is to be a home owner and to say it took me by surprise is an understatement! Rather than getting my workshop sorted I've been dealing with plumbing issues in the bathroom, sorting out vegetable gardens, trimming back the sub-tropical jungle that's been trying to encroach on the yard, installing a dishwasher and working on drainage around the workshop. Been travelling a bit for work as well so this is very much weekend warrior when I have time. On saying that, finally got one of the windows installed in the workshop this weekend (in between social things) so there is some progress. This means I can continue lining the wall up to the top of that window and then there is going to be another window diagonally above and to the left of this. I haven't yet installed the beading around the outside and also I will put a 100mm-ish meranti drip cap/shade above the window sloping away to make sure that rain is fed outwards. Will probably leave it a little oversize to shield the sides a little also.
  10. That's a very good thought. I might look into that at some stage.
  11. Not a stupid thought at all. We have some major fires going on right now. Just down the road there’s been 10 houses lost. Absolutely horrific. A lot of the issue I have with trees on this property come from the local council. There’s a couple next to the garage that are growing into the gutters. I need to trim them, but ultimately I’m hoping I can get the council to remove them completely. The bottom of our property is a bush reserve so that’s a risk also. Bottom line is I’ll clean up as much as I can and then up my insurance hahaha
  12. The brown fluffy fibre glass looking stuff in the bottom half of the wall is insulation haha. I’ll put the windows in above the noggins before I continue with the insulation and lining in the top half.
  13. Hi Tim, Unfortunately our new place is shaded by thick trees all around so no solar for us. Fortunately though, our new place is shaded by thick trees all around so maybe I won't need to run the AC too hard :) Haven't really thought about what exact RH range I'd like to hit, but a lot more stable than outside in summer hopefully. My wife and I lived in Sydney a few years back do remember the afternoon humidity and storms. I could imagine humidity would be very important for your work.
  14. And stuff the walls with insulation. Nice to finally be getting going on this. Planning to get halfway up past the noggins and then stop while I sort out electrical and put a couple of windows in. To get the windows in I'll need to clear a couple of ugly trees that are on the other side of the wall. This way from my main standing bench I'll have a little natural light from directly in front and also from the big window to the right.
  15. Doesn’t look like much, but today I bought a bunch of timber, varnish and insulation. I put a coat of varnish on the side of the timber that will face the inside of the wall and started nailing them up. Got electrical cabling run for the power outlets and I’ll have to put the insulation in before I keep going. So nice to be moving forward.