October 10 - 16, 2021: Issue 513
The Beer Ledge: Done In An Afternoon Projects For The Garden
1 x Beam at 2.8 metres - use a timber that will do well outdoors, a Treated Pine or similar.
2x Posts at 1.5 metres
4 x Coach-screws
Deck grade woodstain
2 x wood screws
The above measurements can be adjusted to suit where you want to install your Beer Ledge.
The first job is to measure and find the centre point of your ledge beam so you can do the outer curve - just omit this stage if you refer a straight edge on both sides of the top beam.
How To Cut Curves In Wood
Using a Router
If you are building a frame for an arched opening, making curved brackets or fashioning an arch-top casing, marking and cutting curves is part of the process. Some methods are best suited for rough curves, others will work well when making furniture making.
This simple router trammel is easy to build and allows you to cut a perfect circle. For circles up to 1.8m across, use a piece of 600mm. plywood, MDF or hardboard that’s about 1.2m. long and at least as wide as your router base. Start by removing the base plate from your router and clamping it to one end of the trammel material. If you want your trammel to be stylish, trace around a coffee cup to make a nice-looking rounded end. Then draw tangent lines connecting the circles and cut the sides. If you don’t care about looks, simply make a long rectangular trammel.
Trace around the base plate and use the mounting holes as a guide for drilling holes in the trammel. Cut out the trammel and drill a 38mm. hole in the centre of the router end to clear the router bit. Countersink the mounting screw holes so the screw heads won’t tear up your workpiece. Attach the router to the trammel with the base plate screws.
Screw the trammel to the workpiece, centring it on the circle you want to cut out. Mount a straight plunge-cutting bit in your router and set the router bit to cut about 9.5mm. deep for the first pass. A plunge router works best, but if you don’t have one, hold the router above the wood and start it. Carefully plunge it into the wood and begin moving it counter clockwise around the circle. Complete the circle, then readjust the depth and make another pass until you cut all the way through.
Using a Template
Often you can simply “eyeball” the best curve for the job by bending a piece of wood and using it as a template. Choose a thickness that will bend to the curve you need. For gradual bends or wide curves, use 10cm thick material. For tighter bends (those with a smaller radius), use a 5cm. x 2.5cm. plastic moulding or something similar. Support the ends of the plastic wood with blocks attached to a strip of wood. Adjust the position of the blocks to change the curve.
Using a Compass
Clamp the board and screw the compass to the workbench. Use a scrap to elevate the compass to the same height as the board you’re marking. Make sure the pivot point of the compass is at 90 degrees to the centre of the board.
Grab any narrow board or strip of plywood and drill a few holes—voilà, instant compass. Drill a pencil-size hole a few inches from the end of the board. Then drill a screw-size hole at the pivot point. The distance between them should be the radius of the curve, if you know what that measurement is. Otherwise, just use the trial-and-error method, drilling a series of pivot holes until you can swing the trammel and draw the right-size arch. It’s easy to draw parallel curves too. Just drill two pencil holes spaced the desired distance apart.
There’s no limit to the size of the arch you can draw using this method. If your plan calls for a 3m. radius, find a long stick and use the floor as your workbench.
Using a Circular Saw
When you’re forming gradual curves, you can speed things up by using a circular saw instead. The first tool that comes to mind for cutting curves is a jigsaw, but if the curve is gradual, try a circular saw instead. It’s surprisingly quick and easy to cut a smooth curve with a circular saw. This method is for cutting rough curves so don't use this method if you're making curves for a piece of furniture. Don’t try to make furniture with this technique. The trick is to make sure the curve is gradual enough that the blade doesn’t bind. If you try this method and the blade binds or starts to heat up and smoke, switch to a jigsaw. The thinner the material you’re cutting, the sharper the curve will be. Set the blade depth so it barely projects through the bottom of the wood.
Installing Your Posts
Next you need install the two posts that will hold the Beer Ledge up at the height that is going to be most comfortable for those using it. This measurement needs to be above the wall edge you will be attaching it to - we went with 1/3 below the wall to support 2/3 above as well as the top beam:
After marking the point at which the post will attach, in this instance to a brick retaining wall, cut a ledge into the post to rest it atop this wall:
If you are using a coach screw to fix heavy objects to masonry or brickwork you will need to drill a hole, using an SDS Drill Bit. To ensure that any heavy object that will be fixed to the wall is secure, it is essential to use a wall plug with the coach screw. SDS stands for slotted drive system, which means the drill bits have a slot at the end of the shank which fits into the chuck of an SDS+ drill. A Coach Screw is a heavy duty screw which has a square or hexagonal head and an externally threaded cylindrical shaft that tapers to a point at the tip. They are primarily used for holding together heavy timber, fixing metal to timber and in some cases masonry or concrete. Reinforce the holes with marine epoxy resin to stop water damaging the timber over time.
Check the posts have the same level - you don't want to install the top beam and find beers are sliding onto the ground!
Install The Top Beer Ledge Beam
Then it is simply a matter of fixing your top beam to the posts. We usually apply the first coat of woodstain prior to lifting into place as that way you can do the underside without breaking your back.
Mark with your pencil the centre point where you will attach the screws with a pencil first. Lift the beam up and place it atop the posts; check the level to ensure it is still going to have a straight surface, adjust your posts if needed by sanding off any difference. Ask any spare pair of hands to hold it for you while you place the screws in and then drill through.
Give the top surface a good sanding back to smooth off any rough edges and bring out the beautiful grain of the timber.
Treating Timbers With A Woodstain
There are a wide range of outdoor timber stains used for decks that will provide the finishing touches to this Beer Ledge so it withstands all the weather will take out f it - just like any timber deck or verandah. The better product you use, the better result you will have and the longer it will last before it needs.
You also need to consider how many coats you will apply - the more coats you do apply, the darker some woods will become depending on which stain you chose. We always apply three coats for added protection and as a standard. Remember to let each coat dry before applying the next. The general rule of thumb is to apply only as much deck stain as the wood can absorb. Typically this will be 2 coats, unless your dealing with extremely dense hardwoods which may only be able to absorb 1 coat of wood stain.
This project took 3 hours all up, one hour of which was painting the Beer Ledge with the wood stain.
Products and Tools for this project are available at Johnson Brothers Mitre 10.
Also included below are a few other on sale items to get any other place in the garden, whether in the yard or on the balcony of your unit, looking great this Spring.
Products And Tools To Help You Get It Done
Makita 1800W Circular Saw with Case 185mm: $359.00* on sale item, ends October 10, 2021
Makita Belt Sander 100mm: $189.00
100 (4") x 610mm belt size. Belt speeds of up to 380m/min. Dependable 940W* motor. Unique design for flush to wall sanding
Stanley FatMax Level and Torpedo Combo 1200mm: $69.98
Aluminium. Waterproof. 3 Vials. Accuracy: 0.5mm/m
Stanley FatMax V20 Jigsaw Variable Skin: $119.00
3-orbital setting. Lightweight design. Variable speed trigger. Includes 1x CMCS600 Jig Saw 1x Wood Blade.
Gardenmaster Square Mouth Shifting Shovel 1020mm: $31.65
Ideal for shovelling heavy soils and sand. General purpose shovel for shifting, loading and spreading heavy to light materials. Long handle for extra leverage.
Dulux Wash & Wear Interior Semi Gloss Vivid White 4L:$85.00* on sale item, ends October 10, 2021
Breakthrough stain resistance technology. Resists a wider variety of stains than any other paint. Strong hiding power. Dries to a velvety finish. Low Odour and Low VOC.
Cyclone Garden Fork: $65.70
Ideal for digging and cultivating most types of soil and great for aerating lawns.
Makita Lawn Mower 36V 380mm Skin: $375.00* on sale item, ends October 10, 2021
Ideal for small to medium sized yards. 13 stage height adjustment. 40L catcher with grass level indicator. Skin only - battery and charger sold separately
Neutrog Whoflungdung Mulch 20kg: $21.95
Biologically activated. Nutrient rich. Weed free & absorbent mulch.
Debco Designer Natural Mulch 40L: $9.20
Decorates garden. Conserves water. Reduces weeds. Insulates soil.
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Maybe not new, but certainly worth a mention again!
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