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ScrapHappy June 2022: Stand, by Me

 

Remains of the Day, er, water butt stand

Remains of the Day, er, water butt stand

As promised/threatened*, I have finally built a new water butt stand using yet more of the wood recovered from The Snail of Happiness shop. The old stand was built from a pallet and enhanced** with newer wood over a few years, but that familiar cry of “woodlice ate my butt stand!” rang out once more across Chez Snail causing consternation and a call to the police by the neighbours.

Worst. Table. Ever

Worst. Table. Ever

I built the stand in three parts in the stock room/teaching space in the shop, then disassembled it to carry it home. Despite having no real clue what I was doing, I was able to take the stand apart and remove it from the shop, put it in the car and relocate it in its new home. Time will tell if it is as strong as it needs to be – it could certainly handle yours truly sitting on it looking slightly aloof (which adds a kilo or two).

Once back at Chez Snail, I used yacht varnish (on the off chance that the stand turned into a yacht) to protect the wood from the Welsh elements (which are, broadly speaking, dragons, rain, seaweed-in-bread and close harmony singing).

Me: Ha! It's so good, it can support me! Also me: Please stay up, please stay up, please stay up...

Me: Ha! It’s so good, it can support me! Also me: Please stay up, please stay up, please stay up…

 

Self-assembly water butt stand

Self-assembly water butt stand

Varnishing Trick

Varnishing Trick

New stand in place

New stand in place

We will be buying a new recycled water butt as I think the old one is probably cracked (I know that feeling!) but never fear, it will be transported to the shop to be used as another compost bin!

Borg assimilated my water butt!

Borg assimilated my water butt!

oOo

* Delete as deemed wildly appropriate

** Shored up

 

Many other people contribute to Kate and Gun’s wonderful ScrapHappy every month – check out what they have been up to too!

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
ClaireJeanJon, DawnJule,
Gwen, Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L,
Vera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, Edith, and Debbierose

 
 

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ScrapHappy May 2022: No butts… well, no water butt stand

Plan(et) and (of) the tape(s)

Plan(et) and (of) the tape(s)

Guess what? My Scraphappy plans for this month have again been somewhat scuppered by pretty much the same minutiae of life as last month, with the addition of losing my (t)rusty tape measure and plans for a new water butt stand. But they both turned up today (12th) at the bottom of a box in a disused toilet in a basement with a sign saying “Beware of the leopard” on the door.* Or was that the plan to demolish Arthur Dent’s house? It’s so easy to get the two confused.

Anyway, coming soon – a new water butt stand built out of some of the remaining wood from the dismantling of bits of the shop. Honest. Unless a Vogon Constructor Fleet** stops everything beforehand, of course…

oOo

* Sorry, I should have issued a warning beforehand. Don’t Panic! A reference from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

** Oh no, another HGTTG reference. Sorry (not sorry). It was 21 years ago yesterday that the writer, Douglas Adams, went off on his next journey.

Many other people contribute to Kate and Gun’s wonderful ScrapHappy every month – check out what they have been up to too!

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
ClaireJeanJon, DawnJule,
Gwen, Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L,
Vera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, Edith, and Debbierose

 
 

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ScrapHappy February 2022: Extra – the Counter wait is over

This build had a tendency to drag on a bit

This build had a tendency to drag on a bit

Well, there we are, one counter and a dragon eager to serve you! I even reused some of the panel pins studiously removed (by our lovely volunteers last week) from the partitions.

Actually, there are still a few things left to do. I would like to tidy up the corners (that is, hide them) and the one of the pieces of countertop needs another couple of screws. Then, there is the matter of painting and decorating it, but that will likely be a task for some more lovely volunteers!

Our eager member of staff

Our eager member of staff

I think I will rest my carpentry “skills” for a bit!

oOo

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ScrapHappy February 2022: Counter Indication

All the salvaged wood that's needed for this project

All the salvaged wood that’s needed for this project

As my reader may remember, last month’s ScrapHappy post was a pile of, well, wood. In fact, once the two partition walls and a changing room were removed, there was a large pile of reclaimed material to use. I was a little bit proud that we had stopped all this stuff going into a skip, as now seems to be the norm with building materials like these.

Last month I said the first project would be a breakfast bar to go between the teaching space and the kitchen upstairs in the shop. I was wrong. The first project was, in fact, a shop counter. The Snail chose two shelves that would be the template for the top of the counter and I then constructed the most dubious framework to hold it up off the floor. On the plus side, the floor of the shop is absolutely level, in all directions. On the minus side, I was going to construct the framework. I might even use some of the salvaged screws too.

From the top...

From the top…

OK, I only used about half a dozen salvaged screws as they mostly had worn out heads (like mine), having originally been driven into the wood using something that was a combination of a pneumatic wheel nut gun and Mjollnir*.

Spirit level stand (you can't see it, but the spirit level is, in fact, level)

Spirit level stand (you can’t see it, but the spirit level is, in fact, level)

I am pretty sure that some of the uprights aren’t as upright as they should be and, yet, the counter top is as level as the floor on which it stands so I am not going to be looking too closely for now. I just hope it can support the weight of the till, fabric, cups of coffee, dragons etc.!

Clamp down (I know! I used a grown-up bit of DIY gear!)

Clamp down (I know! I used a grown-up bit of DIY gear!)

I am going to use some of the hardboard removed from the partitions to clad the outside and hide the shelf I am going to fit inside – but I ran out of time before this post had to be written! If you check out the shop’s Instagram site (@thesnailofhappiness) you will probably see a picture of the completed counter there.

Hopefully, the dragon won't frighten away too many customers!

Hopefully, the dragon won’t frighten away too many customers!

A nearly-completed counter - just some side panels to go on

A nearly-completed counter – just some side panels to go on

oOo

* Thor’s hammer.

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ScrapHappy January 2022: Talkin’ ‘bout scrap generation

A worried Snail and a slightly distressed wall

A worried Snail and a slightly distressed wall

First, a Happy New Year to my reader or Blywddyn Newydd Dda as we say around here!

As some of you may know, the Snail and I are opening a shop to sell preloved craft stuff, so all those stashes of fabric, craft materials and crafting tools that are laying around, never to be used. The shop itself is in pretty good condition but, of course, there are things we want to change. The first structural one is to remove the two inside walls that someone put up so we can have a big teaching space so we can show people how to make and mend using all the preloved stuff!

The two walls were made with nice chunky bits of wood for the framework and hardboard rather than plasterboard which means we can use that for something too. It was a relief to discover this (by kicking it to see if it would come off, very technical) as plasterboard is messy and difficult to reuse.

Shelves... but it's the stuff underneath that I want

Shelves… but it’s the stuff underneath that I want

There is also a largish quantity of thick MDF shelves which will work very well as work surfaces.

So, the first project? A breakfast bar to act as a divider betwixt the kitchen and the teaching area. Watch this space!

oOo

Many other people contribute to Kate and Gun’s wonderful ScrapHappy every month – check out what they have been up to too!

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
ClaireJeanJon, DawnJule,
Gwen, Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L,
Vera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, Edith, and Debbierose

 
 

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