Well what you need to create your utility stool is some pine, some 70×30 dressed pine, some 240×19 dressed pine. A couple of drill bits, 3 and 4 mill. Tape, some sanding equipment, 45 and 55mm chipboard screws. Set square, drills for drilling and screwing, some glue, a mitre saw and a. David have you got that hand saw?.

Here it is. Using your set square check the ends are square, then using a sharp pencil, measure and mark the top at 400mm. The traditional hand saw which most of us have in our tool kit, it’s clean to use and provided it’s sharp provides a fairly quick cut. Well, we have chosen to use the handsaw haven’t we.

Yes you have david. But you can use a power saw if you want to and provided you know how to use it and you are careful, it can make the job a bit easier. Alright, next. Next thing to do is to cut the. We then measure, mark and cut the legs and the over riders.

We mark and cut all the pieces one at a time for accuacy. Again our mitre saw gives a reliable square cut, it really is a simple inexpansive and versatile hand tool and one that we come back to time and again. We then mark the position of the centre hole, place the legs in the vice and drill using a 15mm spade bit. Check to see that the drill is square to the job to that the hole is straight.

The hole is the base for our keyhole cutouts. We handsaw the cutout patten for the legs. Well, it’s actually worked fairly well. The shape is pretty good. Well everything is cut. And I’ve cleaned up all the edges.

All we have got to do is put it all together. Then using pieces of the timber as a guides, mark and predrill all the fixing holes. The outer holes are drilled using a 4mm bit and the inner holes are 3mm for strength. A utility stool needs to be strong and stable, so we have used fairly chuncky pine to make sure it will work for years to come. Plantation pine is a user friendly material.

It’s easy to cut but ceartinly strong enough for the job. Craftwood glue is also our recommended adhesive for this project. It sets fast and gives a good strong bond. There we go, good, nice and stable, these overriders stop if from tilting if you are standing on it so it makes it really safe. It’s very very strong.

Narrowboat Experience 009 Narrowboat DIY

Today’s episode is all about some of the little jobs that we’ve been doing around the boat Two things we’ve been working on. We’ve had to replace some flooring And also we’ve had to look at the shower pump So I’m sitting in the bedroom. Before when I used to sit in the bedroom.

There used to be two big gaping holes in the floor Because the floorboards didn’t cover the whole surface We’ve worked really hard for two weeks and we’ve finally managed to get all the floor boards in where they need to be ‘Oh looking really good here’ The thing we found really helpful with these pieces of wood.

Is that that come in different lengths very helpful for novice like us. That’s coming along really well And look This is our shower, on the narrowboat All the narrowboats that we looked at had showers.

The shower has a motor And it will empty the water Because the shower falls below the water line it needs a motor to pump it out Unlike the sink, which is above the water line Out shower was great when we first got it We thought that it worked.

Thought maybe it was one of those silent ones that didn’t need a switch to be turned on\ What we noticed later was that our pump was actually broken This is the lever for the shower pump So when you pull it out it is meant to start the motor What we have found is that our pump makes no noise.

It is intermittently not working. So I’m going to go find out why I removed the things from the kitchen cupboard That is the pump it seems to be in a pool of water last weekend we drained some of it.

And happily it hasn’t come back See how it isn’t secure it is leaning I’m concerned about the wires and the water But I found that wire there. the red wire now I’m no electrician , but I’m pretty sure that should be attached to something.



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