intro to green wood

Well a few updates, the bench is looking more like a bench, still need a front rail, and some dog holes and still considering vise options. I have split apart the oak find and started to make a axe block (which will probably been replaced when I locate a larger one).

Bench has four legs now


Oak in two and hardwood block with legs (still to be assembled)

Oak find in two
Hardwood axe block


chop of choice, small single bevel hatchet.


Old hatchet



Scoping out the local plane trees.



fast is slow, slow is fast

This is what I keep telling myself but slow is just slow and time is like water in my hands. 80% of the ceiling insulation and some of the tears in sarking are fixed. 3/9 windows are under coated and a few door frame painted.


Changed all should height door handles to modern door handles Macy can reach. Scrapped down the garage door 70% for repainting. Under coated bathroom window. Painted around mother in law’s skirting board for new wardrobe build. Still in process of removing old spiral balances but they are not easy to do (in sense you need to break window operation while getting it sorted).   Garden coming along, mother in law has probably kill every plant/tree/shrub we had when first moved in but in her deference we have veggies and roses to show for it.


Found some nice English Oak in a walk in known park, looks like very straight grained, I just need to split it to do so.


Still have a load of work to be done. Still waiting 2 months for awning people to pull to install back security door and front awing (guess I won’t find out how effective it really is till next summer). A birthday just passed and each week is psychological mind field … anyway this is a Friday so …. I should relax

A little further on my new bench. but still have the other main stay around for a while.










Set up my sisters old play set, but Macy is still a little small to use it.




New year a little bit more

Yeah well finally got to put back the door way after deciding I should not fill it in. Got a nice snap of Macy excavating too 🙂


Have been working on insulating, that is checking window spiral balances work ( have found some that need replacing, will blog on that when I order them )

Roof insulation is not easy to do with no morning time and also it being such a very low roof.  Also looking to draft proof the sash windows with routed, brush inlays which will stop more cockroaches than cold..

I have a awning for the front on order from me nai blinds, and security door for the back. Also looking fixing up some of the broken mortar areas.



Almost Christmas

Grout in the paving gaps. And Soil moved away, 5 tons of it.



Almost done and now ready to drive to Victoria .  Need to buy more paving fix, but that is next year’s job.


Really nice place in Wangaratta, definitely recommend to stop there on the way to Melbourne. 600kms south of Sydney.





Paving almost done


Yes the weekend I decide to pave backyard the mother of all storms comes along,


Moving 6 ton of gravel and sand from the front yard to the backyard is not much fun. Firstly getting base at correct level took weeks, 75 mm of compacted gravel, and 2 inches of sand. Then pave, and then here come the rain, rain, storm rain, rain and more ….Weekend after, still raining but had a little time to fix some of the alignment and cut the rest of the pavers to size and fit some what. no sealer or grout yet, since it has not dried out yet,and still raining 2 weeks later.


Money well spent. New light fittings, and fixtures in all rooms and external sensor light, done by a real professional. Thanks Scott.

Now the bathroom  3 in 1 is there I can finish the cornice inlay and have lots of holes and places to patch, skirting and painting to complete.




laying out lines for paving


see the 6 inches line on the stake

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Preparation for paving/ the next sydney storm

I found many breaks in my storm water pipes and have been fixing each seciton the past month, since we had 122mm in a few hour last month. There is a lot of digging required.

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