Simple garden bench – Finishing

As the bench was going outside I knew it would need some protection from the elements. The metal brackets that supported the legs were given a coat of Hammerite.

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The top of the bench was sanded and then cleaned with some simple anti-bacterial spray. It’s slightly acidic so removes any oil or grease from the surface so that it takes any preservative better.

I also wanted to plug up the holes in the top. I decided on some rounded topped plugs as these would give the bench an appearance similar to a school gym bench. The plugs were tapped into the holes with a mallet.

Finally the bench was given a few coats of teak oil

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Simple garden bench

Simple garden bench

The last couple of weekends the family teamed up to help renovate my Mother in law’s garden. It was a big garden and had got overgrown as it was too much for her to maintain. After a general tidy, we

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Primes

Primes

The reminders about Amazon Prime day got me thinking about Prime Numbers. Whilst I was coding a power efficient “blink” for a new 4Tronix board I joked that it was not calculating primes. But then I thought, “why not?” I

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Dressing a grinding wheel

Dressing a grinding wheel

When I’d been grinding my tungsten for the TIG welder, I’d been a bit careless and had ground in the same place each time. The net result was that I ended up with a groove down the middle of the

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Ernest Malinowski and the Central Trans-Andean Railway

Ernest Malinowski and the Central Trans-Andean Railway

Following on from the article on Marc Brunel, the next in the series is Ernest Malinowski, a Polish Engineer who put his hand to building a railway across the Andes mountain range. Ernest Malinowski was born in a troubled time

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The other Brunel

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Pretty much everyone knows of Isambard Kingdom Brunel the great British Engineer. Fewer know that his father, was also a great engineer and an immigrant from Europe. Marc Isambard Brunel was born into a farming family in Normandy. He was

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3D Printing a knight

3D Printing a knight

Over the weekend, I printed out the parts for the servo activated knight. It is designed to be glue together but I’ve made the parts a sliding fit. See GitHub for the models. 3D printing the parts There were a

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Offensive Machines

Offensive Machines

This week I revisited Novelty Automation, for a talk by Tim Hunkin titled “Offensive Machines”. Talk Tim started out with a history looking at automata, amusement arcades and a variety of mechanical amusements. He included a couple of my childhood

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