Doug Maloney mallet 

Doug Maloney Made this wonderful mallet. I love it when form and function unite as it does here. It fits the hand beautifully and the balance is spot on. Stan said that it was too cool to hit anything with. Well it is but that didn’t stop me and after belting a one inch Barr Quarton chisel into some merbau to cut some notches it looked as good as the day it was made. 

Here it is next to my Garland rawhide 44oz split head mallet which is a beast. 

Fits my hand perfectly. But then I am missing a few bits. 

A match made in heaven



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Pantry floor tiled

Last week with the help of Dave the famous/infamous jerky maker from Canberra the tiles went on the floor in the pantry. The walk in pantry is 2400mm x 3200mm which negates the need for under bench cupboards. Our fridge and freezer will go in here also. The rack shelving will be on wheels to make cleaning as easy as possible. 



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Finishing the island bench

 Last week I started finishing the trim on the island bench. I sanded to 120 grit as per the instructions from Livos Australia with Abranet and then applied their counter too oil. I find abranet gives a better finish than paper abrasives. I had spent a lot of time trying to match the wood filler to the colour of the karri and thought I had nailed it but when I applied the oil it stuck out like dogs balls. Livos recommended that next time to apply a little water first to see what it will look like when oiled.  The good thing is with the oil it is easy to fix blemishes that appear. It is just a matter of sanding and re oiling which is very easy to do. The oiled surface is very tactile. Just lovely to run your hand along. I will burnish the surface in between coats with Festool Vlies on my sander which is like a very fine scotch brite. 



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More power, more power, more power, more power. 

Yesterday Stan and I wired up the new solar panels. Today we made over 20kWh😀

Now we have a pair of Midnite Solar Classic controllers. 

Both the pos and neg lines have breakers in Midnite Solar combiners. All the solar gear was supplied by Jennie at Independent Power NZ who are awesome to deal with. 

Today despite using lots of power tools building the batteries hardly got off float. 

Very exciting. 



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All the flashing on

After a big day by DOD, Stan and I. The house is fully dressed and sparrow proof now with all the flashings on. 

The western side. 

The north side or front of the house. 

The eastern side. 

Working at height on that narrow strip was not as much fun as it looks😐 

The purpose of this hole is to let light into the lounge. 

DOD checking out the progress. 

The rail was to minimise the risk of a sudden stop on reaching the ground. 

Got to love visual progress👍👍



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Spicy Lentil Dahl

Jo got this recipe from BBC goodfood and it is the best ever, number one, all time greatest Dahl. Even Stan who doesn’t like Dahl said it was good. We generally have it with boiled eggs. 

Pic from tinternet. 


1 tablespoon sesame oil, 

1 cup chopped onion

2 cloves of garlic chopped

1 tablespoon chopped ginger

4 cups of water or stock

1 cup dried red lentils

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon coriander 

1 teaspoon tumeric

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoon tomato paste


Soften the garlic, onion, and ginger in heated oil

Add water or stock, lentils, spices and salt. Bring to a low boil and simmer for 20 min until lentils are soft and tender. 

Stir in tomato paste and cook until desire consistency is reached – up to you. 

Garnish with something green and yogurt. 

Beautiful I could eat this for breaky, lunch and dinner. 



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Laundry bench

The glue up for the laundry bench took every clamp I had. It is made from 3 layers of merbau bench tops to Make a 75mm bench. 

The first 2 layers glued with liquid nails

I used polyurethane glue for the next layer. Bloody messy stuff it foamed everywhere. I will need a lot more clamps before I use it again. 

When you make a 3600mm x 600mm x75mm bench make sure you have a way to lift it. Near killed me getting it up there. 

Annoying when you go to a lot of trouble to make something straight and to cut an accurate notch and then find the wall is bent😡 will still look great though. 



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