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King Herald

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19,310 posts

96 months

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Wednesday 21st March 2012 quote quote all
I did a bit of 'guy stuff' in the garage a couple of weeks ago, to try and pretend it was my personal workshop rather than a materials storage station for the house...

Some tool boards and a Harley picture went up. Where the 30 sacks of cement currently reside will eventually be a man size solidly built workbench, with top made from 6 x 2s and a big heavy man size vice on. biggrin



Under the sheet is the workbench I built in the PI over 15 years ago. It was been shipped half way across the world to England, where it resided in my various garages, and has now been shipped all the way back to the Philippines again, where it will resume its career as a dedicated drill bench. biggrin (If benches could talk, it would have some stories)

It is actually in the process of drilling some steel for the front railings, in the pic. 22 16mm holes in 10mm steel strip.




King Herald

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19,310 posts

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Thursday 29th March 2012 quote quote all
Exciting things, the drive is being block paved. Enough room here for several cars I think. Plus my daughters trampoline, that I seem to use more than she does.... biggrin

Three weeks until I get home and I'm sincerely hoping all this, and the pool, will be done by then.






johnnywgk

1,947 posts

62 months

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 quote quote all
Eh Hem bump, sorry got a frog in my throat

mybrainhurts

75,727 posts

135 months

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 quote quote all
johnnywgk said:
Eh Hem bump, sorry got a frog in my throat
Thanks, but we don't need to know about your private life...smile

GTIR

23,047 posts

146 months

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Wednesday 25th April 2012 quote quote all
Thanks for the pics. thumbup
In the event of a nuclear holocaust the only other thing apart from cockroaches still around will be your house! CONCRETE!!!

How is your niece getting on with the dating sites? biggrin
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King Herald

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19,310 posts

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Wednesday 25th April 2012 quote quote all
johnnywgk said:
Eh Hem bump, sorry got a frog in my throat
I arrived home a couple of days ago, but the pool is still not finished. The Mrs has been building some sort of weird barbeque 'station' with a brick built pizza oven integrated......

Not really a lot been going on with the house, just had the guys finishing off the wife's oddball stair design and a few other details.

Not to everybody taste, but it looks quite cute in the flesh.







I built a workbench in the garage today, out of 3/4" marine ply. Doors will be made tomorrow. it has 3 layers for the top, and needs a couple of inches taking off the back board so it fits under the tool boards. And it might gain some blue paint too, daughters favourite colour.



There is my old faithful workbench, that has crossed the oceans 'twixt UK and Philippines twice with me. I built it about 15 years ago.



And there's a new toy lurking there, that arrived a few days ago.





Edited by King Herald on Wednesday 25th April 14:18

johnnywgk

1,947 posts

62 months

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Wednesday 25th April 2012 quote quote all
Thanks for the update. I think the stairs are good, I like your new toy aswell.

King Herald

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19,310 posts

96 months

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Saturday 28th April 2012 quote quote all
Bench is nearly finished, and was in action today as I made mounting brackets for the spun alloy fuel tank for the hot rod:



The chaos is slowly getting better.



Pool is getting there, very slowly, as we desperately want to use it. Temp here is 35C most days now.






Wifes pizza oven barbie grill is still 'different'...




King Herald

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Friday 1st June 2012 quote quote all
Pools finished:





It has this rather complex filter and pump mechanism on now:





The wifes barbie has been test run, pizzas have been cooked etc:



I've built an island for the wifes kitchen. it was supposed to have granite tops, but someone, ahem, cough, dropped the slab and smashed it.


I've hung up some of my junk in the garage to try and make some room:



Hot rod has made minimal progress:










illmonkey

7,844 posts

78 months

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Friday 1st June 2012 quote quote all
Sod the house! More of the motor!

Telsa

45 posts

60 months

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Friday 1st June 2012 quote quote all
Awesome thread is awesome cool

King Herald

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19,310 posts

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Saturday 2nd June 2012 quote quote all
illmonkey said:
Sod the house! More of the motor!




Telsa said:
Awesome thread is awesome cool
Thank you, kind sir. biggrin

moi tabachoi

2 posts

22 months

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Wednesday 13th June 2012 quote quote all
Hi Sir, just new in the forum. i was just wondering how much did it go to ship your cars to the philippines. are the requirements bit hard?

King Herald

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moi tabachoi said:
Hi Sir, just new in the forum. i was just wondering how much did it go to ship your cars to the philippines. are the requirements bit hard?
I've never shipped a complete car, just the 'glass body shell of the hot rod. Moving a car there would be a nightmare of bureaucracy and taxes, unless you have contacts in the right places.



Another Fluffer

3,833 posts

45 months

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Wednesday 13th June 2012 quote quote all
How have I missed this thread before?!

Epic build. Epic house smile

redback911

661 posts

146 months

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Wednesday 13th June 2012 quote quote all
Great images and story. Well done Sir. This should be a lesson to us all stuck here in Blighty, to put quality of life ahead of the materialistic rat race.

Wacky Racer

21,419 posts

127 months

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Wednesday 13th June 2012 quote quote all
Fascinating thread, following it with great interest.......keep us informed of progress.......thumbup

beer

King Herald

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19,310 posts

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Wednesday 13th June 2012 quote quote all
Thanks guys. biggrin

This has certainly been the most frustrating, yet incredibly rewarding project I have ever undertaken.

And I seriously don't know where we got the money to do the house from. We (I) just scratted around digging out savings, selling off unpaid holiday leave, sold some shares I'd be saving for retirement, made a small loan off an old American pension.

But stood on the roof garden, cold beer in hand, looking out over the local neighborhood, jungle, trees, with the warm, balmy tropical weather, it sure as hell was worth every cent. biggrin

Kneetrembler

1,646 posts

82 months

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Wednesday 13th June 2012 quote quote all
Looking really good now the end is in sight, love the Garage & Cars, well done.
I have just done the opposite after 24yrs o'seas and moved back to Blighty,and really please so far, biggest problems so far changing my left hookers back onto U.K. plates.
Looking forward to seeing the Rod on the road.

King Herald

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Wednesday 13th June 2012 quote quote all
Kneetrembler said:
Looking really good now the end is in sight, love the Garage & Cars, well done.
I have just done the opposite after 24yrs o'seas and moved back to Blighty,and really please so far, biggest problems so far changing my left hookers back onto U.K. plates.
Looking forward to seeing the Rod on the road.
We tried living back in the UK for 8 years, but just got bored eventually. And you know where the grass is greenest. thumbup

I head back home in two weeks, and plans are to made a dedicated push to get the hot rod done, for a week, before I start on house stuff again. it is pretty much just the body that needs finishing and painting, and all the bits hooking up.

The wife wants security grills made for all the downstairs windows, plus some sort of window shades, to keep the rain and sun off the windows....

And gates in the garden to keep the right dogs in the right areas....and on and on....



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