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Old 08-06-2014, 08:37 AM
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Wow~ wow! I haven't caught your updates in a while, but I'm so glad I marked this to follow back when I saw you getting started on it. This is incredible! What a vision you had for your space. I live with woodworkers and we consider ourselves pretty handy, but your build is art. Absolutely lovely, just perfection. Bravo!
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:14 AM
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Awesome Work! I really enjoyed reading over the build
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:09 PM
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Good to hear from you Sharkey!
Couple of questions for you.
1. I noticed you have one of those expensive Italian aluminium peels...worth the money?
2. Hows your wooden front holding up? I was thinking about doing my front in 130mm head decking and maybe making it look like a boat deck. I.e. Filling in the gaps with sicaflex or something similar. I figure the wood can be replaced easily.

Take care and looking forward to some more pictures.

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Old 08-06-2014, 05:36 PM
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Very nice set you have there. You have some serious rock in your yard.
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:11 AM
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Being new to the forum and to the WFO crowd, just let me say I am duly impressed with your vision, skill and tenacity. An incredible build. I am joining the others just waiting to see your updates....
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:01 PM
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Thanks for all the positive comments. I was fortunate to have such a great location to build my oven area and knew it would take a lot of time and effort. However, as it is a hobby and I don’t have to make a living from it, I really enjoy taking my time with a project like this. I can’t sit down and design something from scratch and then build it exactly as designed. I need to do it a bit at a time and think about the next phase and change my mind about things. Usually it turns out in the end.

Here is another example of what a great location I have. On the side of the same rock outcrop that the pizza oven is built into I spent about a year shovelling and jack hammering and carrying tons of materials in and out by hand to build a pond and deck. This project started as a simple pond but ended with the pond, a 2m high waterfall, deck and even taking out some windows in the house and replacing them with a sliding door.

Here is the pond right near the end of construction. The pizza oven is about 20 feet away in about the direction my shovel handle is pointing.



And here is how it looks a few years later. Actually, the big ferns either side of the waterfall can be seen in the last of my pizza oven photos in my previous post.





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1. The aluminium peel was a gift that I really appreciated, but I don’t think it is worth the money. The home made round one gets used 95% of the time.
2. The timber is still perfect, but I think the stainless wrap in front of the oven is required.
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You've got a great eye for building in natural looking surroundings Sharkey
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The next job was to put a railing on the edge of the deck. Technically we don’t need one because the deck is less than a metre high. We made sure it was under height by raising the height of the garden under it. However, I wanted a rail not just for safety but for somewhere to lean with a drink and contemplate.

The plan was to bolt three 4x4 posts to the edge of the deck and then fit a nice piece of hardwood as the top rail. Of course any work at my place seems to involve jack hammering, so it wasn’t quite as easy as it sounds.

Here you can see I have checked out the edge of the deck to take the post. You can see a pencil mark on the rock below indicating where I need to jackhammer to. You can also see my trusty jackhammer – probably the most used domestic jackhammer in the country.



And here is the fitted post – absolutely rock solid.



For the top rail I ordered a length of Australian hardwood. It weighed a ton and was only rough sawn but after a couple of hours planing and sanding (up to 240 grit) it came up looking great.

When the 3 posts were in place we sat the top rail on top and I marked where the posts met the rail, then routered out the outline to half depth, and then chiselled out the mortise. The joints were so good that we had to put a block of wood on the rail and hammer it on each post, with a bit of wood glue in each joint of course.




As I said, the main purpose of this rail was not for safety. Here I am giving it its first important test.

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Sharkey, you rock! Railing is at perfect height.
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:37 PM
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After finishing the timber part of the railing on Sunday afternoon I ordered the stainless balustrade cables online that night from All Things Stainless. I know there are DIY kits but they all use chunky shackles and turnbuckles. The pre-swaged kits are so much better looking.

I ordered on Sunday night and they were delivered Wednesday afternoon. That is great service. Plus they were absolutely perfect.




The hardest bit of the installation was getting the hole through the middle post to line up on each side. It took some precision measuring and drilling. The plastic grommets finish it off nicely.




Here are the tensioning fittings – all very slimline.




The next jobs are:

1. Oven enclosure – actually I have decided not to enclose it so have some other finishing work to do.

2. Lighting – the lighting that is there is just temporary to work out what I need. I will do it properly.

3. Awning – we are having a cantilevered waterproof shade sail mounted on top of the rock. It will just hang out from above the rock and cover the entire area.

I might even finish this thing in the next month or two.
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