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    I almost feel I should apologise for the lack of anything vaguely blacksmithing
    You'll be standing there for hours, and beating the snot out of metal, a good solid floor is not to be sniffed at.


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    Finally we're on topic! In real life they look the same size, amazing that one looks so much bigger.



    But I need to build up the body bath. Luckily I have been collecting stock bricks for years. They need work of course...



    Ping off the mortar

    Release the slugs



    Bobs yer uncle.



    Naturally I will need to tidy them up a bit more, splash of hydrofluoric acid will do the trick. I need to build it up, level it off, incorporate those long lintels and fit a lid of paving slabs. Then I want to build up a back wall of bricks 1. because the slabs are a bit sort on depth and 2. I think a brick "splashback" on the concrete table will be pretty handy.

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    Default Re: Ye Olde Forge

    how big are those vices? they look a little skinny if those are stock bricks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Pete View Post
    how big are those vices? they look a little skinny if those are stock bricks.
    They are small, 4 inch I think.

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    What kind of work are you planning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Pete View Post
    What kind of work are you planning?
    Dunno. Anything up to 4 inches I guess...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screwdriver View Post
    Dunno. Anything up to 4 inches I guess...
    Everyone's a fucking comedian

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    Let me know when I can test the headroom on the patio cover... I might bring beer too!

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    Not having a working van is no fun. Means I need to jump on a bicycle for one stupid bag of 25kg. In this heat, that's a killer. Like I said last time, "never again"



    Anyhow, I survived and need to run a couple of brick courses to level off the body bath.

    Few bits of tile at one end and four leveled off bricks at the corners, it's level now and I just need to fill it in.



    Glad I took my time over this because having dug out all of the crap in there, I think I'll keep it. By which I mean keep access to it by fitting a hinged lid.



    Maybe it will come in handy for storage. Maybe good for a soakaway or maybe even an acid bath for the odd occasion when I need to dispose of a body.

    That's where we're at:



    I have been playing with freestanding structures based around some old bandstands I have lying around. If they're free standing, I don't need to worry about planning permission. One length is too short, two lengths of bandstand too long so I might cut them up and make some adjustable bandstands to fit in between as spacers.

    Something like this.



    I need to make it Makman size, with clearance for about seven feet (or so).


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    I figured I'd have a crack at the back row while the sun is off.



    In my defence the whole wall runs out by two inches and isn't plumb square or even level at any point!

    But if I don't make it as a blacksmith, you can scrub brickie off the list too...

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    Liked because it's good to see you back in action again creating beautiful things out of other people's rubbish.

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    This is turning into one of my favourite threads! Enjoying seeing it developers and your ingenious solutions to some really annoying snags. Loving the fence around the tree for example. Good work on the blockpaving by the way, looks excellent.

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    You're a talented bugger aren't you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidge View Post

    You're a talented bugger aren't you.
    Haha, thanks. Smoke, mirrors and Photoshop.

    Meanwhile today I tried to lay a straight course of bricks on top of a wall that even an EU banana inspector would reject.



    Looks ok and the overhang is just about acceptable considering it's only going to be a table.



    Mr. Dazzle, eat your heart out!

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    I put the two lintels on dry, just for now. More important things to do with the roof before the rains cometh.



    Naturally I have complied with current regulations regarding images of spirit levels posted on the web.



    The paving slabs don't quite reach the back (hence the lintel) but I am planning to have a splashback, possibly in heavy duty block rather than brick.



    I reckon 3 blocks should be OK height wise since there will be no real strength without corner pillars which I really don't want. I want to be able to lift those slabs for access to the body bath.



    I guess I could jury rig a sort of angle iron framework to support the "freestanding" wall. There is going to be a fair bit of big iron flying around.
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