DIY Dock Protector
Boating is a huge part of cottage life but there's one thing about boats thats got me stumped What's the point of having a rub rail if the darn thing never touches the dock It's about as useless as having a parachute at a spelling bee Sure boat bumpers do their work, but they wear the side of the boat big time Well today we're going to bridge that gap between boat and dock To illustrate we have a boat.we have a dock and our boats even equipped with a rub rail.
So what's the issue Well, the problem is that the boat rides above the dock most often in order to bridge that gap most of us add bumpers bumpers wear on the haul.so what if we could turn the dock vertical therefore allowing the rub rail to do its job well we could do that simply by adding a couple pieces Every boat and dock is unique For my boat, my dock, I determined thirty two inches was the right height so all we need to do now is mount them the dock.
I'm going to do that with lag bolts and recess the holes because I'm also going to add this dock edge and the head of the bolt would obviously interfere with the face of the dock edge Alright I got my lags I'm just gonna start them.I'm putting two in the bottom because that's where most of the torque is and then once the vertical pieces are mounted this will go overtop and its screwed in okay let's go down to the dock Most boats taper towards the bowel about midship.
So let's put one of our vertical pieces there And.maybe back here Alright so I'm bringing down this so the bottom of my vertical piece is flush to the bottom of my dock So I'm going to hammer this one in to get it started I'll use the ratchet for the bottom ones So next we're going to add this vinyl dock edge to our vertical, to give us even greater protection bigger boats are of course going to require more vertical supports and perhaps be struck back to the dock for increased strength.
But hey, we finally got the rub rail doing what it was designed to do and for us older folks.no I'm not included in that bracket sorry There's a handy grab rail so we can get in and out of the boat now I'm gonna hang onto the boat bumpers because a lot of dock owners aren't as cool as we are! But as far as I'm concerned we solved our problem.For Cottage Life, this is Wayne Lennox reminding you that a little project goes a long way at the cottage!.
How to build a DOCK BOX
Those of us who spend a lot of time at the dock know how much stuff can accumulate down here over the course of the day you know what I hate picking up after my dock side guests time and time again besides where am I going to put this wet stuff well today we're gonna work on a storage solution called a dock box to solve this problem found these plans for a dock storage box in Canadian home workshop magazine it's a pretty straightforward project I've got a couple of scraps of three quarter inch ply.
That we're going to use for the ends First we're going to rip them to width and then we're going to basket bottom profile plans call for a centre eight inches from the top of the basket and we want a six inch radius or other words half the basket width Clamp these together and cut them out with my jigsaw I'm going to give them a quick sanding just to tidy them up So, here we are we got a couple finished slats.these come out of five quarters by six cedar.
Really don't have to but it looks a lot better if you do some treatment to the edge alright ready for assembly I got my basket ends and my basket is upside down obviously We've got the basket finished time to do the legs plans call for two and a quarter by two and a quarter legs So, I'm going to have to rip this four by four cedar to that dimension So, I need four at seventeen These are going to be positioned like this.at both ends Here we go! Done and done!.
Now we're on to the lid! I'm gonna glue five together, good quality outdoor wood glue notice that bead dead centre that's because I know what I'm doing I'm a trained professional I've left these long because I'll cut it to length after it dries Now the worst part of this of course is that you have to wait for the glue to set.and that's going to take the good part of an hour so What am I going to do in the meantime Alright glue is set I'm just going to take the mark clamps off.
Plans call for the lid to be seventy inches in length So I'll cross cut that to length We've prompted to use these nice decorative tee hinges and most importantly They're super easy to put on could be a little overkill but I'm gonna use number nine three inch deck screws Now the plans don't call for it but you can see I added a chain stay to prevent the kids or my soninlaw from ripping the hinges out Let's get this thing down to the dock Well this dockside box sure is a big improvement.
Garden Island, Sydney Harbour
Garden island was the navy headquarters, shipyards and dock for much of its history. It is no longer an island, with the area between the mainland and the island being filled with drydocks, ship building and other boat and navy facilities. However the only access is still by ferry, since the remaining naval base is on the strip of land between the mainland and the island. Much of the naval buildings still remain. Many historic buildings and installations, but many that were still in use up until 20 or so years ago.
There are three main areas on the island. The Garden area is accessed via several stairways, and although never curated as a formal garden is a very attractive place to walk, picnic, or to admire the view. You can climb to the top of the old signal station, and find the only place in Sydney you can take a photo with the botanical gardens, the Opera House, and the harbour bridge all in frame. You can see the location of the original 1770 gardens that gave the island its name, as Sydney's first produce was grown in these thin, exposed.
Soils. There are picnic tables, grassy spots for picnic blankets, and even few electric BBQs available. The Waterfront area, you can walk from the ferry wharf along the water for around 400m. You can see the bow of the HMAS Parammatta, and several other memorials and monuments scattered around by the waters edge. The Museum area has two levels and extensive displays of the naval history of Sydney and the site. There is a real periscope that is a favourite with the kids. The museum can get a bit crazy when school excursions visit, but you would have to be unlucky to be there.
With a crowd. Usually the island and museum are very quiet. There is a special exhibition on the Japanese minisubmarines that entered Sydney Harbour during the second world war. Sydney ferries has regular scheduled ferry services to Garden Island on the Watsons Bay route. Make sure you arrive well within the museum opening hours, or you will end up having a ferry trip to Rose Bay instead. Only naval personnel are allowed to disembark after museum hours. No private ferries, private boats, or water taxis are permitted to land or approach.
Van Dam Custom Boats Craftsman
MUSIC PLAYING When I am working on a complicated project, I am so involved with the process that I get in the zone, then just roll. That's mesmerizing to me. SANDING We build the world's finest wooden boats. I've been around, in this shop, for my whole life. It's like a giant playground that I could do whatever I wanted in, basically. I mean, I can make anything, you know. I just had to figure out how to do it or find somebody that would teach me. SANDING I joke that it's the curse of the driven, to do more, to be better,.
How to Make a TRUCK RACK in 30 Minutes or less
I'm Andrew I'm Kevin Welcome to Brojects! so this morning we were loading long wood into the truck and it's not very good in the six foot bed.I mean it hangs out way over Oh, that works perfectly. so we're thinking about building like a homemade truck rack We need to get it done in a half an hour because we've got to get to the lumber store before it closes buy the stuff and get down to the cottage but times a ticking so we gotta get going We're basically just gonna put some posts in the receivers.
Along the truck bed rail, cross them and then cross them again I think we make the cross members out of two by four No Why not We're not using the two by four What are you talking about the two by four is the strongest way to do it you misunderstand this whole project we're not making this for a contractor We're carrying lumber on a highway.why are we making this thing out of toothpicks You're ruining everything.if I can sit on it, it's strong enough yeah, ok Finally Alright let's cut.
What did you say again twenty six Thirty six This one is ready to go Yea that's ready to go Alright Yea it looks pretty good! Right now we are just doing the finishing touches on the lumber carrier take a two by four put two notches one front and one back So it'll just slot in there and that will give us our square Try to get this one Perfect! As soon as we put these two things on we're done Then we have to do the tarp You've got your electronics in the back you've got your tools in the back you don't want them to get wet.
We're going to try and make a custom tarp that goes over one thing we do want to add to it are a few hooks along the side so we'll be able to hook on go over really easily Punch these clips around the perimeter, so we're going to be able to bungee this down the idea was to be able to have something that you can put on the truck and take off the truck really easily.I think we accomplished what we set out to do that's gonna work really well.
What should you do with all the dirt from building a farm pond
Hey it's Richard here with Platinum Ponds Lake Management. Today I wanted to show you an 8 acre pond that uses some creative way to get rid of dirt as well as some habitats of wildlife or sanctuaries for birds and such. What you are seeing here is sub islands that were created by pushing dirt up into mounds and On these areas predominately you have your Iris's, Cattails, as well as some Russia's growing. Also some Willows that try to creep their way into these areas. I wanted to show you that you can do is basically push together areas.
So basically this pond can be fished by a bass boat. So all of these areas become spawning beds, the slope in degree can change from a 1 to 3 ratio over run but also becomes in and outlets blocking wind as well as creating sanctuaries above and below the water. If you are building a pond or thinking about building a farm pond on your private property or have a pond that is already preexisting and you want it rebuilt we have a great option to leave some of the dirt and save cost. Create some habitat at the same time.
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