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  Topic: Wildlife
Treacodactyl

Replies: 1489
Views: 1196377
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Fri Jun 18, 21 7:16 pm   Subject: Wildlife
My brother has bumble bees that has set up shop in a birdbox. Will they all have gone by the winter or might the queen hibernate in there?

Very likely to be tree bumble bees. They shouldn't cause a ...
  Topic: Wildlife
Treacodactyl

Replies: 1489
Views: 1196377
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Wed Jun 16, 21 7:35 am   Subject: Wildlife
Isn't that just a type of cranefly?

Yep, Tipula maxima by the looks of it. Only a risk to you if you're a vegetable.
  Topic: chainsaw trousers
Treacodactyl

Replies: 16
Views: 3010
PostForum: Trading Post   Posted: Sat Jun 05, 21 7:11 pm   Subject: chainsaw trousers
Nick in a mankini is a far worse image.

Funnily enough, just like a chainsaw, needs regular oiling.
  Topic: Wooden Sideboard
Treacodactyl

Replies: 14
Views: 3233
PostForum: Trading Post   Posted: Wed May 12, 21 6:41 pm   Subject: Wooden Sideboard
stamp and plate make prices, solid makes it last

That explains why the stuff I've got was cheap. No stamps or plates on most the the dozen or so items of early 20th century oak.

It's all well m ...
  Topic: Wooden Sideboard
Treacodactyl

Replies: 14
Views: 3233
PostForum: Trading Post   Posted: Wed May 12, 21 6:37 pm   Subject: Wooden Sideboard
I would have said that was oak. Bargain for someone.

You moving Shan?

Hi, Yes - it's complicated. Moving to Portugal but might end up in Germany for a couple of years. So much to do and so littl ...
  Topic: Mortice joints.
Treacodactyl

Replies: 53
Views: 24094
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Tue May 11, 21 8:07 pm   Subject: Mortice joints.
We thought it smelt like cow shit

It may have been Turkey Oak, I gather that can smell a bit whiffy.
  Topic: Mortice joints.
Treacodactyl

Replies: 53
Views: 24094
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Tue May 11, 21 7:34 pm   Subject: Mortice joints.
I always think fresh cut oak smells mildly of horse radish, definitely a lovely smell.
  Topic: Mortice joints.
Treacodactyl

Replies: 53
Views: 24094
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Tue May 11, 21 6:06 pm   Subject: Mortice joints.
That is look really good Nick.

I thought you were building yourself an outdoor bar.

No. . But I bet I can sit in it with a drink eventually.

In an antique pewter tankard?
...
  Topic: Wooden Sideboard
Treacodactyl

Replies: 14
Views: 3233
PostForum: Trading Post   Posted: Tue May 11, 21 4:45 pm   Subject: Wooden Sideboard
I would have said that was oak. Bargain for someone.

You moving Shan?
  Topic: Mortice joints.
Treacodactyl

Replies: 53
Views: 24094
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Sat May 08, 21 8:46 pm   Subject: Mortice joints.
Pics?

I’m about 2/3 done, and am simply pegging them together; no glue.

Use some mushroom dowels and you'll get a porch and a flush of shiitake every year.
  Topic: Any ideas please
Treacodactyl

Replies: 13
Views: 3991
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Mon May 03, 21 6:55 pm   Subject: Any ideas please
Many thanks - a liberal covering of vaseline will be applied this evening!

Don't forget to save some for the hen in the morning.
  Topic: Any ideas please
Treacodactyl

Replies: 13
Views: 3991
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Sun May 02, 21 9:44 pm   Subject: Re: Any ideas please
One of my hens has developed a really unpleasant growth on her leg. She is otherwise healthy and laying and not showing any discomfort. I'm sure that someone on here will have an idea what's going on, ...
  Topic: Raised beds
Treacodactyl

Replies: 81
Views: 33623
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Mon Mar 22, 21 8:00 pm   Subject: Raised beds
I feel a tad inadequate. I only have one bath laying about the garden and that's far more rusty.
  Topic: Mortice joints.
Treacodactyl

Replies: 53
Views: 24094
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Sun Mar 07, 21 6:24 pm   Subject: Mortice joints.
I've got a mortice attachment for my drill press. Works ok but a bit fiddly and the clamping isn't great.

Basically it's a drill than runs inside a hollow square chisel. Mine works fine in softwood ...
  Topic: Top bar beehive
Treacodactyl

Replies: 13
Views: 8747
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Fri Feb 26, 21 8:02 am   Subject: Top bar beehive
That looks like plain pine, so treatment on the outside will be necessary. Lots of places selling them suggest raw linseed, but you'll probably need to re-coat it next year.

I would not treat the ...
 
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