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ewal

Furniture

A few years ago I made country arm chairs & rocking chairs which I sold at auction. We still have a couple in use, I will look for some photos.
sod

That will be great to see
maine moose

Love to see your pics of some different designs for Furintre .For the first time I made a few chairs for the summer (pmsl) that never happened.So as I have some oak and teak floor boarding hanging about I made 6 Adirondack chairs one for each of us will put up pics.Now all we nead is some sunshine hahahaha
ewal

furniture

Some I have built

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maine moose

They look realy great chairs , theres something good about doing things like that.Keep up the great work      
sod

You sure can turn your hand to anything   they are great
horace

Spot on  
Lorrainelovesplants

Really good!

Kieran is starting a project using a sheet of pierced Yew.  We want him to make a coffee table for our revamped garden room.  The surface will be highly polished and varnished (to protect it - we are hard on furniture).
Dont know about legs though - screw on legs just dont seem to be in fitting with the 'naturalness' of it - any ideas?
He could woorturn legs or even blacksmith them with a little help from John.

I intend to photograph this project from start to finish.
Border

Look forward to seeing the step by step progress pics.
ewal

Hello Lorrainlovesplants
you could fix the legs the same es I do with the arm chairs. The legs are split with an axe the ends turned & a saw cut down the middle for wedging, 4 holes drilled in the top at an angle to match the turned legs, hammer a wedge in the legs after insertion. If you don't want to mark the top don't drill the holes right through, place a short wedge in the top of the slit legs then hammer home.

Regarding the chairs, I also made blanket chests & various 3 legged stools & chairs, which I sold at auction & at antique fairs.
ewal

A few photos

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Border

I've not seen that for years...... a towing hook on the back of a mini.

Those 3 legged stools and that chair look the business.
ewal

Mini carting fire wood May 2002

Hello Border that was one of my fibreglass minis.
This is it in action.

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Border

I am a mini fan, having had everything from a 1960 primrose yellow 850 with press button starter between the seats, to pickups, estates and vans some cooper engines, to coopers and cooper S's.

I stopped at the 1275GT in the mid 70's.

I have still a 1968 mark 2 cooper S, with a smashed front end (don't ask)   standing on blocks in my brothers barn, waiting until I find time to do it up.


Those logs in the last pic, were they train fuel?
sod

Border wrote:
I am a mini fan, having had everything from a 1960 primrose yellow 850 with press button starter between the seats, to pickups, estates and vans some cooper engines, to coopers and cooper S's.

I stopped at the 1275GT in the mid 70's.

I have still a 1968 mark 2 cooper S, with a smashed front end (don't ask)   standing on blocks in my brothers barn, waiting until I find time to do it up.


Those logs in the last pic, were they train fuel?


We are Mini nuts family too. we had a 1960 redwith white roof one with floor starter and the thick white speedo needle it even had a roof rack
Border

I had a red and a green with white roof.

Did you know the storage pockets in the hollow doors were big enough to hold a gin bottle or two.
ewal

The wood is for the house.
I bought my first mini in 1980 after our eldest son was killed on his motor bike in 79, I didn't want my other son to have a motor bike. The mini was an 850. When the mini sills started to rust away after a year I took 35 separate
moulds off it to produce a fibreglass body. With the help of my wife we made 5 saloons & 1 hatch back, 4 for the children & 2 for me. They were all 850s, I bought minis that had failed the MOT but with new tyres & decent engines, I fitted them with Stainless exhausts & new shocks & new rear sub frames & servos. We built all these in just over year. The children all past their tests on them, but after getting married they got rid of them, I kept mine for 20 years until one day while doing 80 mph I blew a head gasket & my wife said you are to old to mend it so spend some money & buy a new one, so I did & gave the saloon & hatch back to the scrap yard . I have regretted it ever since.
ewal

Minis scrapped

Minis to scrap yard

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sod

Any photos of the hatch back?
Lorrainelovesplants

What an interesting thread!

Ive enjoyed the whole thing immensely.

Will speak to kieran re the table legs, but cant let him read this thread as he would LOVE a mini!
ewal

hatchback

Hello Sod a few photos there are more on my Website.

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ewal

problem

I don't know what happened to the 3rd photo it shows me & my wife laminating.
bodger

Ewal, this is a   Very interesting.
sod

Thank you will go to your site
ewal

furniture

A few more furniture photos, Most were sold at antique fairs.

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maine moose


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Just thought you would like to see my attempt at chair making, made these  Adirondack last year they took  while but made one for all of us. I made them out of oak flooring with stainless steel screws (cost a fortune) with some painted and some stained they make a nice bum rest after a day in the garden  
Lorrainelovesplants

...still waiting for kie to start on my piece of yew, but the holidays are almost upon us.....
Digindeep

They look great, very comfy...
ewal

Home Made

I like them. Was it the stainless steel screws that cost a fortune, or the oak?
I know the price of stainless screws because last May I was on my roof replacing all the screws holding the solar panels in place as they had rusted away after 32 years  allowing the rain to come through, a hell of a job. I will put a photo on later.
Gareth

Ewal,

Did you have a small fibreglassing business, or did commercial fibre glassing in the late 80's and early 90's?

I did a contract job on a New Holland Combine for Platts Harris of Tuxford in 1990 and had a 3 metre long, very flexible 25 mm X 5 mm light grey fibre glass strip, and several other small GF bits and pieces made in Kirton over the following 18 months
ewal

GRP

Hello Gareth, Yes you are talking about me & Gloria We started in the early 70s & built canoes for 20 years we also did other jobs for people. We went to Australia in Oct. 93 & came back 6 months later & didn't build anymore canoes. I will do an article on our business later.
ewal

Solar Panels

Gareth, I've been thinking you must have been to our house to get the GRP pieces. We were well known in the business,  we have sold canoes all over the country & I would have a go at making anything. I had a hot water tank in the house (200gall) & up the garden I have another GRP tank that measures 9ft long X 3ft Diameter with spherical ends. I was going to bury it in the back yard to store hot water but I never had time.
photo later.
ewal

Hot water tank

I must have upset someone they won't allow me to post a photo
ewal

Tank

I'll try again

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When the children were young they would put our youngest daughter in when playing hide & seek.
Digindeep

Bally good job you found her......
maine moose

ewal, it was the screws I got a box when I was over in the states a 1lb box for $11 then I ran out. So of to the only suppliers in the town and got charged 30 cents each. I think there's 60 screws and 8 stainless steel bolts per chair. It was a good job I got the wood free, a shop was closing down and I got the job of clearing out all the stuff they left boxes and boxes of unopened flooring so thought the chairs would be an ideal project for it. By the by no1 girl was working back in the states for the summer so she brought back another box now all gone
ewal

SS Screws

I've just wasted 10 mins writing again.
Border

Re: SS Screws

ewal wrote:
I've just wasted 10 mins writing again.


Why?
ewal

nout

I was saying I love making something out of scrap or rubbish. I made blanket chests from wood I got from the dump, much more satisfying than buying. Re SS Screws & bolts , photos from last year.
maine moose

Which photos ewal ?.....
ewal

Unable to post photos, they say they have expired from some gallery. I did'nt put them in a bloo--- gallery
maine moose

All ways look on the bright side of life.....
kaz

Bodger normally deletes long posts by pressing the wrong buttons  but I don't know what is happening to your posts and photos Ewal

Do you want to PM me and let me know?
ewal

photos

Hello Kaz how do I get in touch?
kaz

Click on the PM button at the bottom of any of my posts and a screen will open for you to write me a message

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