I garden I build…..
It’s always summertime somewhere! Make a Pallet Adirondack Chair Set to enjoy those lazy summer evenings.
I have already made two chairs and maybe it is time to make another or maybe even a two seater! I found this site that gives some idea on how to make them. I personally just went for it. Here are some photos but if you want a link to plans and detailed instructions then visit 1001 Pallet Adirondack Chair Set.
PalletsSo I started with a pallet. They’re free the wood is amazing – you can make so much with this simple structure. Taking them apart can be fun. I use a brilliant tool. It is like a long handled crow bar – it is actually what they use to life heavy furniture a fraction to enable them to get something under them. There are lots of YouTube videos on taking them apart, go take a look.
This set of photos shows the start. It is a very simple build and if you follow the photos more in less as they go you will end up with a very comfortable chair. I have used the thicker wood to act as legs. I cut them to length and then started to form the base of the chair of these legs.
Once the back is in place the structure becomes much more rigid. It is starting to take shape.
Seat base started. I did the whole build with a hand saw and power screwdriver. I have since bought a chop saw which will help me make everything squarer and quicker to build.
Finished the Adirondack chair
And now the back is in place and it is finished. It is time to test – now I need a ice cool glass of cider.
We see a future where our homes, public spaces, and commercial real estate can be the suppliers of the best food and health for ourselves and the community.
By using the ethical design principals found in Permaculture we can create some of the most healthy, resilient, and lasting landscapes.
These guys are serious about permaculture. They are selling a service and if you’re in and around the Massachusetts then give them contact them. What I am specifically interested in is there design elements on their websites which are some very helpful diagrams and drawings. Their media tab is also full of useful videos etc. See below.
I am still looking for land and a chance to build a permaculture garden. My back garden is a start but I would love to build something on a greater scale. Anyway, take a look at Green Abundance by Design. It is well worth a visit.
the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.
“his forest garden is one of Britain’s best models of permaculture”
Is this simply a phase that will eventually run it’s course. I don’t believe it is. Starting with my back garden there are many types of sustainable and self-sufficient examples of gardening around. My garden is a simple ex-lawn laid with a wood mulch (leaf in the autumn) and planted up with fruit trees, bushes, herbs and flowers. We try to plant up as many perennial plants as possible and those that are annual we allow to die back into the ground bringing much needed nutrients to the plants around them.
Although our garden is small and simple, we believe we have started to embrace sustainability. For example, the soil is a sub-soil placed there at the end of the build of our estate. Up and down gardens have been buying more and more compost to bring the soil up to scratch. We have chosen to mulch and have a long time aim to gradually using forest garden principles bring the soil up to a good standard. We are experimenting and have built a HugelKultur raised bed. This produces strawberries, flowers and many other plants. Our garden shed has largely been built using recycled 6 x 1 boards and pallets. I am developing a bank of batteries and solar panels to ‘run’ the shed.
Around the UK more and more people are getting the idea and developing projects that we increase sustainability.
The Permaculture Society has said this:
What is permaculture?
Permaculture is a design process. It helps us to design intelligent systems which meet human needs whilst enhancing biodiversity, reducing our impact on the planet, and creating a fairer world for us all. People across the globe are transforming their communities with permaculture. Learn the basics at there permaculture knowledgebase!
Permaculture is conceptual and as such can come in for some criticism. Anything conceptual and radical will. There will always be those who want to keep the status quo and see something like this as some ‘looney lefty’ idea. I believe it is here to stay and for one will be doing everything I can to promote the concept.
The gallery contains pictures of our back garden and some permaculture projects that I have been involved in developing.
Just to remind folks I previously posted about the shed here: New Garden Shed Build.
Just a quick update. The old shed has gone and some of the cladding is being reused and the whole structure is being erected elsewhere to live on in another garden. Duchy Timber provided ‘shed’ loads of timber which has been put to good use and the shed is now looking like this:
I can’t wait for it to be finished. I have some woodworking projects lined up using pallets.
I have been working under a very small lean to porch to do any woodworking projects and the current shed was full to the brim of junk. It was time for a new shed. I am completely unsure of what I am doing and have started down this road of building a new shed. Just wished I had better prepared! Anyway the old shed:
was looking good on this lovely summer’s day. It was about to be demolished. It had served us well. It was time to go.
And that was that. I am hoping to use some of the wood to clad the new shed.
And this is where we are now:
The garden is a complete mess and it is almost impossible to move in but the shed base is in. At this stage I have a number of questions that I am struggling with.
- Is it worth putting a breathable membrane in?
- Type of roof
- Can anybody help me pick up some cladding at 8 Monday morning!
Watch the saga unfold over the next few days! Any comments please post below.