Paying the price

Legs aching, back complaining, arms less than functional. Probably not the result of a hard day in the office, so must be the aftermath of yet another overly productive weekend.

It always seems to take so much longer to finish a project than start it. Like the reverse of driving to an outing – it feels so much longer getting there than it does coming home. It’s all the niggly bits as part of finishing it off properly that seems to take so much longer than the majority of the work that went into achieving the bulk of the progress. Same reason that finishing seems to be such a dirty word for many woodworkers. You enjoy creating the object, but spending as long again finessing the finish is often a source of frustration for many.

Perhaps why I have so many projects (jobs/tasks) around the house mostly progressed but not quite finalised.

The garden shed is now commissioned- a floor made from 1x2s (seeing as there is no slab in the garden shed). The timber is pretty ordinary, but should do the job, at least for a while. The boards have been sitting outside for a few years and not being treated have really suffered. I stood on each one to find enough that were still strong enough to support my weight. About a 50% fail rate. Oh well, free is free. All the garden tools are now in there, which freed up space elsewhere which was the intention. Small steps. I’m a long way from a home-maintenance mode: still very much in a home improvement mode. So much done, so much more still to do.

Cutting the boards to length really bought home that I am significantly missing having a SCMS or drop saw. The one I had was sold, with the expectation that I’d buy a Festool Kapex, but then the opportunity to get the Nova DVR XP put that plan on hold.

Rest of the weekend was spent finishing off the outdoor room area. The place that supplied the blinds gave me some large offcuts of the clear plastic which was used to fill some areas to discourage birds.

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That, combined with the bird spikes (also now installed) should have some effect, surely.

One of the unusual features of the carport are a couple of openings in the roof. We apparently had to include these in the design for some council regulation/fire requirement. Because the carport is 16 metres long on the property border, a certain amount had to be recessed back to allow the fire brigade somewhere to enter the property from the neighbours.

Not that the neighbour’s house is anywhere near that boundary. Yet another pointless design requirement to accomodate a situation that will never occur/ solving a non-existent problem.

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These a now covered in plastic – discouraging birds, and rain.

So the outdoor area is pretty much finished, cleaned and ready for activities to commence.

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Didn’t take long!

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