Sunday, September 30, 2012

Five year service.

With the start of the sunny weather a couple of weeks ago I was keen to take Beth out round the lake.  When I lifted the covers she didn't look too good.  I have had in the back of my mind I would refurbish the boat after five years but I'm not sure I want to spend the summer refitting my boat.  As a minimum I need to replace all the lines and redo the varnish and take a good look at the centre board which I have had problems with.  I also want to try to increase the volume of flotation and reinforce the bilge and floor section. I think the toughest time Beth has is on the trailer on the road so I want to make sure there are no cracks or splits.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Cooking with gas, almost

With the arrival of the sunny weather in recent weeks I discovered that my BBQ has rusted through leaving a hole where there was once material supporting the gas burner.

Oh well, 0.9mm sheet metal won't last forever.  I should just buy a new BBQ every 7 years, right?  The problem is the great advancement in BBQ manufacture in the last 7 years is that now the entire BBQ is made from 0.9mm sheet metal, including the burners!  Luckily, having just completed my welding short course, I am in a position to make my own using ye olde worlde cast iron gas burners left over from the old BBQ.  I wasn't able to make the whole thing from my scrap bin so I had to buy some of the longer lengths.  Whilst distracting my metal merchant with my $30 order I had a good 10 minutes to rummage through his pile of offcuts and found enough shorts to made the cross members.  It is probably 60% scrap material. 

The BBQ has been made in two sections.  The main frame and a separate burner sub-assembly which bolts inside.  I still have to figure out how to fit sheet metal wind guards, drip tray and fit the old hood but so far so good.  It probably isn't and Masterchef approved stainless job with wok burner but it will keep me in wood smoked porchetta for another five years or so.  

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The birchware keeps coming

One last project to clear out the workshop.  A couple of birch logs stashed under my bench for the last couple of years have been split and carved to add to my life time supply of Swedish butter knives as well as a large spatula