Browsing Posts published on 30/06/2010

Yesterday, I mentioned all the, er, ‘fun’ had by Ian and Nick (no relation) when they realised that the new wood was correct in width, but not in depth.

This had two knock-on effects.  The first was that the bolts didn’t appear to be long enough to go through the depth of wood.  They got round this by counter-sinking into the wood wider than the width of the nut, thus:-



As you can clearly see here, when viewed from the outside of the greenhouse, the nut is sat inside the extra thickness of the wood.

And yes, I realise that the nut is on the outside, and therefore a possible security weakness, but as the door won’t actually be locked on the greenhouse and there’ll be no actual tools or anything of value stored there through completely clear polycarbonate ‘glass’, so potential thieves will be able to easily see there’s nothing there, we thought it wouldn’t be a problem.

Despite all this, Nick (no relation) later decided that the head end of the bolt, whch has a non-standard fitting may well be the best way.  It would match the first one that did fit without the countersink anyway…

The next, er, challenge Ian and Nick (no relation) faced was that with the new wood being just too thick, it wouldn’t fit ‘inside’ the aluminium extrusion of the louvre mechanism:-



The famous line quoted on the ill-fated Apollo 13 Mission sprang immediatley to mind:-

“Er, Huston, we have a problem.”

Why would this be such a problem?  Well, if you think about it, if the extrusion wouldn’t ‘sit’ properly flush with the wood surround, it would make the gap between louvres smaller.  In this case more than about 6mm.  Given that the measuremnts taken were pretty precise, then this would be a problem -the ‘glass’ wouldn’t fit.

Luckily, Ian and Nick (no relation) immediately spotted this yesterday and Ian brought his ‘bastard file’ (…No! That’s not swearing, honest!  …Though if truth be told there were moments went the air went blue…) to remedy the problem.

Nick set about ‘taking a corner’ off the wood, and soon enough, it all fitted prefectly, so the rest of the wood on all the louvres was filed down.

Corner, wax and stain

Corner, wax and stain

While this was happening, Ian was busy sealing up the top of each wooden post with melted candle wax.  Diane insisted that Ian use green candlewax, so after this was applied and Ian had given them all the first coat of water-based woodstain, they looked something like this:-

Two mouse-clicks to get it to a decent size, and you can clearly see Nick’s chamfer, Ian’s wax and the wood stain.  Neato, eh?

More soon!

Bit of a Bash.

On Saturday 3rd July from 6.00pm we’ll be holding a ‘Mini-Bash’ down at The Plots to celebrate one of our junior member’s birthday the following day and to present to the world our hopefully fully-finished main greenhouse, complete with safety glazing and automatic venting system.

A fire will be lit, no matter how hot it has been during the day on which we’ll roast potatoes and sweet potatoes and the ever-excellent ‘Plot Soup’ will also be prepared.

Why are we saying this?

Because you’re all invited!

If you want to bring some of your own food to share, then you’re more than welcome.  The more the merrier!

Hope to see you then!

p.s. Don’t know where we are?  Simple!  Look under ‘Contact Us’ at the top of the page and see how easy it is to get here.

p.p.s. If you want to come early -say, during the day, for instance, then you’re more than welcome to come and see what we do and even lend a hand if you want.

New Recruits!

You may remember last post I mentioned my two new recruits.  Well, I’m proud to announce their imminent arrival.

Here is Odin, the owner on Ian:-



This lad will, when he’s fully broken in and trained up, be a fine Private.  I suspect it will not be long before we see him pushing up through the ranks for promotion, and who could argue!

See the alertness of his eyes and the quickness of his paws as he utterly demolishes yet another flying insect.  See how upright his ears and whole demeanor are.  Officer material if ever I saw it.

This lad has killer instincts!

On the other hand we have Alfie, Nick (no relation)’s owner:-



No, your eyes do not deceive you.  They are definitely not the same cat.  Whereas Young Odin is a fine, young upstanding soon-to-be-member of the elite ‘Special Regiment’ of which I am in command, this specimen is a disgrace to the uniform.

He is idle, he stays out partying and womanising all night.  He is the absolute opposite of soon-to-be Private Odin.

Whereas Odin talks, nay converses with his pet in his dulcet tones, Ian; Alfie on the other hand, shouts abuse and swears at his pet in his harsh local dialect.

Over the coming weeks and months of their basic training, I shall keep you fully informed of their progress (…or utter lack of it in soon-to-be Private Alfie’s case…), along with stories of their exploits (…or mishaps in soon-to-be Private Alfie’s case…), so you can see how they progress (…or don’t, in soon-to-be Private Alfie’s case…).

Watch this space for details!

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