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Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Rajesh Koothrappali, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. Tasmaniak

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    I tend to use Kikuyu as well. I used to be one for hating all grasses with fast growing runners as they invade beds... but then I'd see the results of the two and came to the conclusion that if I took the energy invested in maintaining a nice even spread of grass and swapped to fast growing runner but used the energy on keeping it out of the beds... well... the grass now looks awesome.

    It is interesting how different areas of suburbia tackle landscaping. I look at you guys with all your neatly pruned hedges and edges and sculptured beds and they all look amazing. I think to myself I should do something similar with mine. But then I look at our garden and all the other gardens up here in the Dandenong Ranges and out overflowing beds of natives and indigenous plants, overgrown hidden areas of yards where when you sneak through to you'll find a couple of sunbeds and an outdoor setting.... you just end up thinking, nah... this is awesome too. Perhaps I need to throw up some photos. So the vast contrast can be seen...

    Edit: to give you an idea, a friend of ours down the road had a 25 metre gum tree come down in his property last summer, destroyed a lot of his existing garden. The end result was a large amount of it was cut up and stored away for firewood but between us both we attacked a 4M long section with chains saws, axes and an old cross cut saw to turn it into a massive garden bench shaped like a goanna! I couldn't do the design but I did the vast majority of the carving with the chainsaws with his "artistic" eye. Personally I think it looks more like a anorexic elephant than a goanna... but he loves it.
     
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  2. Rajesh Koothrappali

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    I LOVE some of those huge yards with big trees, bushes and hidden parts etc. Throw up pics! :D
     
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    Absolutely !!! The great thing with this medium is that we can all express ourselves so differently. I need to throw some pics up of our new place as well. Far less clipped and trimmed than the old place with a great stand of gumtrees out the front.


    Must load pics of this as well.
     
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    Well, unfortunately Ido not have the luxury of a large backyard at my place, as my partner and I live in a townhouse. But I guess we make do with what we have :)

    Here's a few quick pictures of the raised garden beds, we whipped up the other weekend!

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    Just a heads up with the yukka, Raj. We used to have 2 nice ones when we moved in, but they got destroyed somehow...:rofl2:

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  5. Rajesh Koothrappali

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    Nice one Wongy! Those beds look great... Exactly the sort of thing for a townhouse... Before we moved where we are now, about a year ago, this was the townhouse we had. We'd have changed them to raised and square to give us more space, rather than the angled and low garden beds, if we had have stayed there. Along with a proper gate down the side. Even though we rented we knew the owner - he paid for everything and we did it. Except the paving - the dude he got to do that should never have been paid!

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    What happened to your yuccas? The pic didn't load for me... EDIT: OH THERE IT IS! LOL!!! Pets that became dinner? :D

    Well, 9 days on and I have to say I'm happy with the lawn! VERY happy. It's still quite moist which has been deliberate and I haven't lost as much as I thought I would. Looks to me like where I did lose some it's already shooting up some new green. It's rooting down nicely too - can't pull it up any more. :D As much as this is a fairly simple thing, it's actually my greatest gardening project of my life to date - as in the one that's had the best affect/result compared to what was there.

    Here's the main pic...

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    And some shots of the small patches I've ended up with, that should repair on their own.

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    How long before you can give it its first mow Raj ?
     
  7. Rajesh Koothrappali

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    ya mum!
    I'm gonna wait a while. Mow it high for the first one and then let it recover and slowly take it back to the length it was when I first laid it.
     
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    Not sure how many times you've dealt with turf Raj but what you got there is pretty common and yeah, with the proper care during it's establishment it'll bounce back ricky tick.

    I'm trying to find some photos of our yard and I just don't seem to have any! If I step outside with the camera now all I'll get is the rain shower going on lol...

    Honestly... this is the closest I could find right now. As you walk out on to our patio and turn left to head to the back yard... you must first head down through this tunnel...!

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    EDIT: To put it in a bit more perspective... go to the end of the table, through the lattice gate and thats when your hit with the tunnel.

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    Ooooh nice big table Tas.

    Did you make that yourself ?

    Love the lushness you've got going there.

    I also love the Dandenongs. Growing up in Melbourne, as a kid we would do the occassional trip up there. It was a completely different world. I have vivid memories of deep dense forrest (not bush).

    I also remember Black Wenesday. We had a view of the Dandenongs from the front of our home in Glen Waverley and that night the range was aglow. Going up there afterwards was devastating. All the lush was gone :(
     
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    Thanks mate... yeah I built the table. It was one of those things that you attempt without really being confident about it... next thing I know, I pulled a rabbit out of my arse and built that. I've got a handful of photos my wife took through the process. Been awhile since I boasted about my table actually. Might just have to post them up. Hahaha
     
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    ^I get the feeling we could be "almost neighbours" tas...lol.



    My grass went through that stage Raj, still does. Im still mowing mine on the highest mower setting i've got. But that's just because it sits at a nice height when i do that.

    Bought one of these and used it once on the new turf. Biggest mistake EVER!

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    Because it doesnt catch the grass it just layered ontop of what was still there and nearly killed off the entire lawn. Took me about 4 months to get it back and healthy again.
     
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    Ok.. story behind the table goes a little something like this. In the middle of November of 2014, my wife gave me the lovely surprise news that we would have an indeterminate amount of people for Christmas. The best answer I could get was between 10 and 20! Either way, we couldn't really seat 10 inside our dining room let alone 20. We investigated some large outdoor table settings but it just wasn't practical. Cost wise for something attractive was close to or above five figures (Hell No) or we could purchase a couple of outdoor tables and join them end to end.

    My darling wife came up with the idea of me building the table which got a resounding HELL NO from me. But after a barrage of picture messages from her (we were in the same room mind you) of all these different tables, it became clear that I was going to be building a table. I couldn't find plans that would work well enough and the ones that did were all in Imperial and complexity of having to transfer the plans to Metric and upscale the design felt a little too daunting and easy to make a mistake worth a lot of money. So I had this design in my head. I wanted something that was a cross between a medieval banquet table and a trestle table.

    Hitch up the trailer, head to Bunnings and returned with these bit of wood. 13x 5.1M lengths of 25x150mm treated pine.
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    I was really thankful in the case that each piece measured exactly 25x150mm. I also spent a lot of time trying to find the straightest boards with the least amount of character (read as huge arse knots)

    Arranged the boards in the manner seen below and commenced to dress the ends and put my cross bearers in place. After dressing, the final length of the table is 4.8 metres.
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    At this point I came to the conclusion that I underestimated the amount of screws and glue required... back to bunnings. Also at this point I realized... oh ****, I'm actually doing this and god damn it had better work. I also remember at this point... I've never built a table before. Is building a massive table easier than a smaller dining table? Leveling it out was much easier than I expected.
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    The idea I had was to make it all from size of wood and so far, that planned had worked well. Even when sandwiching the boards together to make beams.

    Night time had started to fall... and I continued to work. My nearest neighbours are 200 meters away and have a tendency to make as much noise with power tools as I do, so I didn't feel bad. Those of you who know me personally will recognize my blue Contigo travel cup... the same one I was using four years ago and the same one I'm using today. It gets used about 3-4 times a day and is still sealing perfectly and keeping my coffee hot every where I go. I literally go everywhere with that cup. it's like a babies dummy to me. Anyway, back to the table.. boards are being sandwiched and stays are going into place.
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    One of three finished legs. I've also struck a massive problem about now. How the hell am I going to flip this thing over?!?!?!
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    The completed table ready for flipping, sanding and staining. Now how the hell am I going to do that? A few people offered to come around and help after work the next day... but that was too far away for me.
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    I did it. I flipped the ####er by myself. Using a series of pulleys tied up in the overheads of the patio, I was able to hoist it off the table it was built on, remove the under table and I lowered it down, I laid it on it's side... Once there, I was able to pull a Hercules and lift it upright. (I spent the next day off work with a crook back... no lesson learnt.)
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    When I hobbled out the next day, I found my wife had done pretty much most of the cleaning up and even put a couple of candelabras on the table. She was happy... and we know the saying, happy wife, happy life. So I returned to bed satisfied.
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    A couple of days later I sanded the table top back and started to stain/polish the top. Yeah... I shellaced treated pine and I don't regret it... except for the continual reapplication lol
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    The finished top... After I let the Shellac dry for a couple of days, I then took to the top with my random orbital polisher and some AutoGlym car polish lol
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    Xmas Day 2014... thats me at the very end of the table...
    We had a total of 13 for lunch, so that meant a lot of elbow room for everyone and a max of about 24 throughout the day.

    Id like to add for the record that I hit the roof when I came out to find that damn table cloth on it.

    Since then, we have had so many family occasions around that table to the point where it has actually brought so many of us together and had some amazing nights with family and friends. All without the table cloth!
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    Hope I didn't bore you all to death with it... but I am proud of that table and you can give me all the **** you want for showing it off! I don't care! hehehe... and yeah, there are a LOT of things I would do differently next time. But hopefully... I don't have to have a next time.

    Final note.. I returned from Bunnings at 11am and went to bed about midnight with the table construction completed... just requiring sanding and staining.

    Second final note.. I have seen photos of this throne and I intend to build one similar for myself this year before Christmas.
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    ya mum!
    Should should TOTALLY be proud of that man. Top effort and best table story ever! Loved reading that. And a top job too. I love the sandwiched approach actually. It's got a lot of character and as you say - is now a centrepiece for entertaining and bringing people together. Just need than throne at the end of the table for you now! :D

    Oh and other than you, the only other person looking at the camera is a bit of eye candy too! Bonus. Haha!
     
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    Great table! I know exactly what you mean about building something THEN worrying about how to move it. I built a couple of floors on skids for my kitset sheds out of treated 100x100 skids, 100x50 joists and 100x25 boards, and only after fixing it all together did I wonder how I was going to move it off the back terrace, around the side of the house and into position.
     
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    You're right mate. From memory we are kind of close to each other. I'm in Belgrave Heights.
    Thanks for the compliment nate. Throne is a must. I'm actually contemplating making a start on it today... my workshop is in the same complex as a bunnings. Lol... I actually keep a couple of the timber trolleys as I'm always back and forth for mdf sheets.

    Oh and the eye candy is my wife's daughter... watch it!
    OK... dude... I gotta know... how the hell did you move it?
     
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    Tas, that throne with the eski, worst position ever.. Noone wants to get up for a drink. Make it slide out to the side, and cut a drink holder in the arms..

    Learn from their mistakes
     
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    failing to see a turbo on that ride on... under the side covers perhaps ;)
     
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    Haha... I can hear the gears grinding in Sabs from my place...

    He has after all admitted the mower is next to useless on his lawns. Do it or you're not a man.
     
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    I flipped it onto its side so it toppled off the terrace, then I went full caveman on one end, and had my wife on the other end with a hand truck. Hardly any semi-permanent injuries were suffered.
     
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    Full cave man eh? Yeah that's what I did to flip that table as well.

    As a side note. Due to the way it was built upside down, there are no visible fasteners on the top of the table. So the top is pristine, no screws or filler involved.

    I have contemplated sanding it back and treating the top in a high gloss epoxy... but I'm unsure how it would react over time to the treated pine. Anyone got some input for that?
     

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