Garden Shed from a Box

Welcome to the new addition to the garden, a Shed from a Box. Mostly finished. We have a large workshop at the end of the garden but its apparently been difficult for Suzanne and I to agree on how to organize the space inside. The solution? Build a smaller shed just for gardening. Makes perfect […]

Tile Cutting

Recently I had to cut some of the little tiles for a kitchen backsplash. After a few attempts I sandwiched the fiddly buggers between two pieces of plywood. Which worked quite well. Thick work gloves and safety glasses are also recommended.

Kitchen Renovation

Bit of a long one, this. Should have been posting regular updates but got a bit a busy. Let’s start with the before and after pics. After Before Top tip for all renovations – take a before pic so you can see whether all the effort was worth it. This one took about 6 months […]

Balance Scales

Home made balance scales for kids’ play. Here’s something fun to try, a set of scales made in an afternoon from found materials. Empty cat litter containers (trays) 1×2 wood scraps (uprights and arm) Plywood scraps (for base) Scrap piece of 2mm wire (as the pin) Various washers and screws Stand Two pieces of 1×2, […]

Jigsaw Conversion

Adding grip handles to a kids jigsaw Helped out our daughter at the weekend with a school project. She wanted to add some knobs to a jigsaw to make it easier for young kids to grab. I had some dowel spare, so we used that. It was too small to use a power tool to […]

Coat Hook

Made a coat hook for the mud room. Not completely sold on it, but it was a quick project and I got to try a new skill – cutting an oval. Should be pretty easy right? We all did a variant of this in school. Make two fixed points, loop some string around them and […]

Concrete Rain Guide

There is a corner of the garden where the driveway slopes down to meet a small patio that has a hole in the wall. This hole nicely directs all the rain and mud down on to the patio making a bit of mess. Every time I walked past I thought ‘that needs sorting out’ and […]