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Hi there

I will always try to keep busy, especially on weekends. To me, a weekend with nothing to show for the time, is a weekend wasted. Even if I just mow the lawn.

Between family responsibilities and the wife's requests around the house, I make time to do a few things for myself. So basically this thread will show some of my projects, planned projects and other random stuff. I will also try to stick to English to make this thread more universal, but please bear with my Northern Cape English.

About myself, I attended a technical school and then went to university. After that I basically did an apprenticeship before getting into a office job. The office job being one more reason to use my (overly soft) hands on weekends. Previous cars and bad experiences with a few mechanics have also forced me to learn more about motor mechanics and it also helps to have a few knowledgeable friends.

So sit back and enjoy the ride, or not. Feel free to comment, or not  :thumleft:
 

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My most recent accomplishment that still needs some fine tuning, is a mini cutoff saw made by putting my 115mm grinder in a bracket. I intend to use this to cut round bar and flat bar for a few things I want to make in the near future.

I will let the pictures to most of the talking.

For now it is mounted on a piece of chipboard, I still need to make something to hold the round/flat bar and keep it perpendicular to the blade.
 

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We recently move into a new house which in some areas had less space and in other areas had more space. This made us think of a few ways in which to more effectively use space and at the same time make the place our own. But, the main reason for moving to the new place was still the bigger garden or garden itself as the old place basically just had a small paved area with a braai.

So first up the wife wanted somewhere to put the coffee stuff so it doesn't take up precious cupboard space or occupy most of the counter space. I started out with some meranti plank narrow enough to fit behind the open cupboard door, but deep enough to hold the coffee, and painted with clear urethane varnish. Put some hardboard on the back with chalk board paint on the inside just because I can. The whole caboodle is mounted to the wall with a combination of double sided tape and silicone because I did not want to drill into the tiles. So far it is holding up quite well.

1. In this photo you get the impression that coffee is the answer...
2. but in this photo you realize it is not
 

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Lekker man  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Keep it coming. (I may have to rethink my opinion of northern capers  :biggrin:)
 

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Something else that had to be added to the new place was a jungle gym/swing set for little people. Because of my slight OCD, I had to make a CAD model first to calculate steel quantities, total weight as well as swing angle. Most of my time was spent in planning and it paid off in the end when the build process started. All I had to do was cut according to my design and weld in place as per my model. Easy rite?

For me this was a challenge because I cut all the tube with a hand saw and had (still have) limited welding skills. In the end it still came out great, in my opinion, and it is strong enough to hold me or even strong enough that I can jump on any of the horizontal sections.

You will also note the rubber "hinges" for the swing. I copied this from somewhere else. The best part of this type of hinge is that there is no friction and no noise. I really dislike a squeaky swing.
 

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eberhard said:
Lekker man  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Keep it coming. (I may have to rethink my opinion of northern capers  :biggrin:)

Why? What have we done wrong?
 

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Subskraaib!

Ek is self lief vir bietjie destroy it yourself...

het net baie minder skills as jy, so hiers baie vir my om te leer.  :thumleft:
 

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My favourite part of the new house is the stoep...

A few years ago I made a bench from some pallet wood for my braai area, because a man needs somewhere relaxing to sit when enjoying a cold refreshment (or coffee/tea  :peepwall:). Naturally this was placed on the stoep, but the wife and I saw some more potential for this space.

As n man trou word hy mos n "mens". Jou vrou sal bv. vir jou kom sê "kan n mens nie n tafel bou van jou ander pallet hout en op die stoep sit nie". So dan bou n "mens" n tafel dammit, want huwelik n tafel hê.

In my pile of wood I had a few complete planks and four very thick pieces that I could use for legs. The frame for the table was made from sections of would that I bought from Chamberlains. After constructing the frame from the straightest pieces I could find in store, the frame was pretty freakin' skew. Remembering hearing/reading something of using water to treat the wood, I put the frame on my (then AWOL) lawn and put the sprinkler on it. Once it was soaked, I put it on the garage floor and put a 25L water can on two opposing corners. It was much better the next day and I could start to add the top. You may note that everything is put together with an abundance (abundance, that is a new word for me) of wood glue and screws. This thing is never coming apart. Afterwards I cut sections out of the frame to allow for more legroom and them painted it with a Woodoc product.
 

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Namakwalander said:
eberhard said:
Lekker man  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Keep it coming. (I may have to rethink my opinion of northern capers  :biggrin:)

Why? What have we done wrong?

Great stuff. I'm just yanking your chain.
 

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Lem said:
Subskraaib!

Ek is self lief vir bietjie destroy it yourself...

het net baie minder skills as jy, so hiers baie vir my om te leer.  :thumleft:

Skills!? Het jy op die regte fred kommentaar gelewer?
 

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My other love in this world is my bakkie. Not just because it is a faithful companion, but because I cannot afford to replace it.

2008 model with 210 000km and still going well. I do keep my hand on it and regularly check it out. It is just not always clean on the outside.

One afternoon when the other occupants of my house was resting their eyes, I went to the garage to check something and ended up cleaning the engine of my bakkie. Started with a degreaser and ended with some silicone trim dressing. Came out looking good if I do say so myself. I even spent some time straightening out the tiny fins on the intercooler between the channel (? not sure what the correct term is), because some genius at GM decided to use a pressure washer on the engine once. This was a few years back when I still thought it was a good idea to spend a small fortune at a dealer to do the service for me.
 

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Nog 'n lekker thread om te volg.

Ek is basies in dieselfde "boot'jie' as jy.... was ook in 'n tegniese skool gewees en is nou vasgevang in 'n kantoor "job".

Ons het ook April 'n huis gekoop en soos jy weet 'n "mens" het mos maar altyd iets om dan te doen.  :pot:

Alle sterkte, en ek hou die thread met 'n valkoog dop  :sip:
 

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A few years ago our TV decided not to work anymore. I took it to a local repairer that wanted to charge me the cost of a new TV to repair it. Decided to keep it and try have a look one day to see if it might be something obvious like a cap of fuse, and ended up claiming from my insurance.

Fast forward to the beginning of this year when my uncle overheard that we have this TV stored in our roof just sitting there. He then took it upon himself to have it fixed for us and took it from one repaired to the next and eventually had t fixed for R1600. This was roughly R1599 more than what I was willing to spend, but here we are.

So the wife decides that this TV should be mounted on the wall in the main bedroom for those movie nights where she can fall asleep in our bed rather than on the couch. So what does a TV bracket cost? Well, enough for me to see what I can make from some off cuts.

All TVs comply to a certain standard when it comes to the wall mount configuration. That is why there are so many universal wall mounts available on the market. However, I decided to make my own universal mount from angle iron and threaded rod. On my angle iron sections I can just drill a few extra holes to cater for TVs where the bolt holes are further apart and then space them out on the threaded rod. The Threaded rod is then hooked on a piece of flat bar that I bent and screwed to the wall. The only thing outstanding is trunking below the TV and then mount a USB port in the trunking so I don't have to lift up the TV everytime I want to watch a movie from a flashdrive.
 

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Black_Hawk said:
Nog 'n lekker thread om te volg.

Ek is basies in dieselfde "boot'jie' as jy.... was ook in 'n tegniese skool gewees en is nou vasgevang in 'n kantoor "job".

Ons het ook April 'n huis gekoop en soos jy weet 'n "mens" het mos maar altyd iets om dan te doen.  :pot:

Alle sterkte, en ek hou die thread met 'n valkoog dop  :sip:
Ek het nogals N3 in elektrisiënswerk klaargemaak. Wonder nog soms wat sou van my geword het as ek daarmee kon aangaan.

As n "mens" so elke dag na werk by Builders stop vir n paar klein goedjies vir die huis, raak die bank belans darem vining laag. Sterkte met die nuwe huis. Ek is nog n entjie weg van daai voorreg.

 
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Namakwalander said:
Black_Hawk said:
Nog 'n lekker thread om te volg.

Ek is basies in dieselfde "boot'jie' as jy.... was ook in 'n tegniese skool gewees en is nou vasgevang in 'n kantoor "job".

Ons het ook April 'n huis gekoop en soos jy weet 'n "mens" het mos maar altyd iets om dan te doen.  :pot:

Alle sterkte, en ek hou die thread met 'n valkoog dop  :sip:
Ek het nogals N3 in elektrisiënswerk klaargemaak. Wonder nog soms wat sou van my geword het as ek daarmee kon aangaan.

As n "mens" so elke dag na werk by Builders stop vir n paar klein goedjies vir die huis, raak die bank belans darem vining laag. Sterkte met die nuwe huis. Ek is nog n entjie weg van daai voorreg.

Moenie eers praat van Builders (of enige hardware plek nie), as mens weer sien stap jy sommer met 'n klomp goed uit en die beursie voel aansienlik ligter. 'n "mens" moet mos maar heeltyd aan sy huwelik werk... ek hoor gereeld "hier-wil_ek" ek dit gedoen hê en "hier-wil_ek" dat gedoen hê.

Ek het N3 motorwertuigkunde agter my naam, deesdae wonder ek ook al hoe meer hoe my lewe sou uitgedraai het as ek met 'n ambag aangaan het, die kantoor sittery begin my nou frustreer. Maar aan die ander kant as ek elke dag met my hande moes gewerk het sou ek seker nie die huis takies en projekkies nou so geniet het nie. Die laaste ding wat ek wil sien as ek by die huis kom is enige iets met 'n screen, ek spandeer klaar genoeg tyd van die dag voor een.

As ek mag vra, in watse tegniese skool was jy?
 

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Black_Hawk said:
Moenie eers praat van Builders (of enige hardware plek nie), as mens weer sien stap jy sommer met 'n klomp goed uit en die beursie voel aansienlik ligter. 'n "mens" moet mos maar heeltyd aan sy huwelik werk... ek hoor gereeld "hier-wil_ek" ek dit gedoen hê en "hier-wil_ek" dat gedoen hê.

Ek het N3 motorwertuigkunde agter my naam, deesdae wonder ek ook al hoe meer hoe my lewe sou uitgedraai het as ek met 'n ambag aangaan het, die kantoor sittery begin my nou frustreer. Maar aan die ander kant as ek elke dag met my hande moes gewerk het sou ek seker nie die huis takies en projekkies nou so geniet het nie. Die laaste ding wat ek wil sien as ek by die huis kom is enige iets met 'n screen, ek spandeer klaar genoeg tyd van die dag voor een.

As ek mag vra, in watse tegniese skool was jy?

Ek dink dit hang af van jou geaardheid. n Vriend van my spandeer meeste van sy werksdag om aan karre en ander masjiene te werk waarvoor hy gereeld sy eie tools ook moet bou. By sy huis het hy weer sy eie werkswinkel en spandeer meeste van sy na werksure daar besig om aan karre te werk en spesiale tools bou en sulke klas dinge.

Ek was in Springbok in die skool.
 

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Man that TV bracket is serious compared to the pressed metal plate ones the shops sell  ;D
 

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And now for some randomness...

1. The reason why I dislike steel on steel swings
2. Homemade weed removal tool (out yard was filled with weeds when we moved in)
3. How evenings are spent outside in the summer months
4. Home made double towel rail
5. My wedding ring next to a compression ring out of a copper-to-copper compression fitting. Apparently a "W" sized ring can be replaced with an off the shelf item from the nearest hardware store.
 

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the_BOBNOB said:
Man that TV bracket is serious compared to the pressed metal plate ones the shops sell  ;D

Yep. 40x40x2mm angle iron is serious overkill
 
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