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Re: Oval Ottoman

#21  Postby Adco » Nov 11, 2015 9:36 pm

catbasket wrote:Nice work Adco :thumbup:

Those plant holders look expensive!
Priceless!

Actually, quite inexpensive. Cost about R700 for all three. Equivalent price at a nursery, about R1500 each. Saving spent on beer. :cheers:
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Re: Oval Ottoman

#22  Postby catbasket » Nov 11, 2015 9:39 pm

Adco wrote:Saving spent on beer. :cheers:

As it should be :mrgreen:
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Re: Oval Ottoman

#23  Postby Adco » Nov 12, 2015 7:32 am

Emmeline wrote:

If you have time, could you explain how you made the planters?
Here is the rough jig used to cut the planks to the correct length.
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It is a bit crude but I don't have a proper workshop or workbench. Make a plan.

These are the panels ready to be joined to form a box shape.
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I chose T&G pieces because they will help to hold the box together. The Tongue piece as well as the Groove piece gets covered by the metal angle strip to neaten it up.
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Re: Adco's projects

#24  Postby Adco » Nov 12, 2015 8:27 am

Thanks Blip for changing the name of this thread. I thought it would be better to place all my projects under one name instead of flooding the place with many threads.

Some of the projects are really simple and not worth including but some are useful for everyday households. Please feel free to copy anything you want.

This next project is a favourite at the moment. I saw one at a local shop and said "I can make that". Now I have two of them in my new bathroom. I am busy making the prototypes as I type. It is going to be a new product for me to sell in shops and on the internet. It is slightly different to what is already available. See below.
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Re: Adco's projects

#25  Postby Adco » Nov 12, 2015 8:30 am

New bathroom mirrors.
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Off at the moment.

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And on.

Really works well for putting on makeup and for shaving.

ETA: The difference between this mirror and other commercial mirrors is the this one can be set to one of 6 colours. Great for lighting up the bathroom to set a romantic mood.
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#26  Postby Emmeline » Nov 12, 2015 8:31 am

Thanks for the pics & instructions Adco. I'm putting that on my project list for the spring as I'd love a couple of those planters in my garden.
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Re: Adco's projects

#27  Postby Adco » Nov 12, 2015 8:37 am

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LED strips and controller board. There is a control know on the side of the mirror. Turn fully anti-clockwise and it is off. Turn to first position and it lights up bright white. Carry on turning and it changes colour. Red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and orange. Turn fully clockwise and it sweeps through all the colours randomly. The strips are still attached to each other. They will be snapped off as needed.

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Closeup of the LEDs. Strangely, the yellow LED shines white and the white LED shines 3 different colours!

Each mirror has 16 LED strips.
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Re: Adco's projects

#28  Postby Adco » Nov 12, 2015 8:52 am

Emmeline wrote:Thanks for the pics & instructions Adco. I'm putting that on my project list for the spring as I'd love a couple of those planters in my garden.
You're welcome.

I placed large plastic pots, 350mm, inside the planters. They hold the soil and the plant. I didn't want to put soil directly into the planters as that will make them rot with all the moisture. So, the planter are merely decorative.

ETA: Add feet to the bottom. This will keep the main wood off the ground. I put square plastic feet on each one.
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Re: Adco's projects

#29  Postby Blip » Nov 12, 2015 9:13 am

Adco wrote:Thanks Blip for changing the name of this thread. I thought it would be better to place all my projects under one name instead of flooding the place with many threads.

Some of the projects are really simple and not worth including but some are useful for everyday households. Please feel free to copy anything you want.

This next project is a favourite at the moment. I saw one at a local shop and said "I can make that". Now I have two of them in my new bathroom. I am busy making the prototypes as I type. It is going to be a new product for me to sell in shops and on the internet. It is slightly different to what is already available. See below.


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Re: Adco's projects

#30  Postby Agrippina » Nov 13, 2015 5:18 am

I've said it before on Facebook, but I must add a bookmark with: beautiful work, you are very talented.

Tell me did you get training to do this sort of work, or does it come naturally?
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Re: Adco's projects

#31  Postby Macdoc » Nov 13, 2015 5:32 am

I have to admit I admire the "maker" culture and how 3d printing is firing that up further. My father would have been right in the mix as was the "Make do" generation of the Great Depression.

Me...I buy it.

But....anyone interested in Make do ....gotta see The Martian.... ;)
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Re: Adco's projects

#32  Postby Adco » Nov 13, 2015 6:44 am

Agrippina wrote:I've said it before on Facebook, but I must add a bookmark with: beautiful work, you are very talented.

Tell me did you get training to do this sort of work, or does it come naturally?
:oops: Aaw shucks...

I think it runs in the family. My great grandfather was a carpenter who helped build the Cape Town docks. My grandfather was a cabinet maker. My dad made all the furniture at home. Two of my brothers build house boats and yachts in Oz. My one sister build furniture, makes her own kitchen cupboards and does amazing things with her hands.(pity she's a religious nut). Me, I've got formal electronics training and the rest is just enthusiasm and common sense. The amount of pleasure I get is tremendous.

I wonder if the Italian heritage has something to do with it.
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Re: Adco's projects

#33  Postby Agrippina » Nov 13, 2015 6:59 am

Adco wrote:
Agrippina wrote:I've said it before on Facebook, but I must add a bookmark with: beautiful work, you are very talented.

Tell me did you get training to do this sort of work, or does it come naturally?
:oops: Aaw shucks...

I think it runs in the family. My great grandfather was a carpenter who helped build the Cape Town docks. My grandfather was a cabinet maker. My dad made all the furniture at home. Two of my brothers build house boats and yachts in Oz. My one sister build furniture, makes her own kitchen cupboards and does amazing things with her hands.(pity she's a religious nut). Me, I've got formal electronics training and the rest is just enthusiasm and common sense. The amount of pleasure I get is tremendous.

I wonder if the Italian heritage has something to do with it.


It's definitely a talent then. The talent for dress design and making runs in my family, but passed me by. I can do the technical stitches, but anything I make, whether it's clothes or carpentry, looks like crap. About the best I've done is to stain the table I now use as a desk. Your stuff is really lovely.
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Re: Adco's projects

#34  Postby Adco » Mar 28, 2016 4:23 pm

I decided to make a pair of glass display cabinets to fit into a gap by he sliding door.

I ordered the Californian Red Oak from a local timber supplier, all cut to size. I don'e have the equipment to cut long lengths.

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This is a jig to router the mortices. The oval shapes got squared off later with a chisel.

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All the lengths morticed. 2m high.

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Me cutting the tenons by hand. What a job! But, they are straight and fitted so well that I didn't need to use glue to hold the cabinets together.
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#35  Postby Adco » Mar 28, 2016 4:26 pm

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Tenons cut and ready. 48 in total.

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Dry run on the counter to see if it fits ok.

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Re: Adco's projects

#36  Postby Adco » Mar 28, 2016 4:30 pm

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Al lot of sanding needed.

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I was not happy with the clear varnish. In hindsight, I would have preferred to leave it natural with a white "French" type finish. Too late now...

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Completed! I installed colour changing down lights like the ones I put in my mirror systems. I am very happy with the end result.
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Re: Adco's projects

#37  Postby felltoearth » Mar 28, 2016 4:31 pm

Nice!
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Re: Adco's projects

#38  Postby Onyx8 » Mar 28, 2016 4:35 pm

Looks very nice. Are you saying you didn't use glue?
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#39  Postby Adco » Mar 28, 2016 7:28 pm

Onyx8 wrote:Looks very nice. Are you saying you didn't use glue?
Nope, no glue in the mortise and tenons. The three solid boards that form shelves do have brackets though. I thought I would be gluing it all together but when I did a trial assembly, everything fitted so tightly that I never glued the joints. Plus there are angle brackets holding them to the wall. The whole system can be knocked down and transported if necessary. I took a lot of care in the construction and it paid off in the end.
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#40  Postby Onyx8 » Mar 28, 2016 10:22 pm

Hats off to you then. As a timber framer I approve.
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