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Pictures of shelves and fruit for your enjoyment - Tactical Ninja

Jan. 8th, 2012

11:23 am - Pictures of shelves and fruit for your enjoyment

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Our house is made of concrete pillars and high ceilings and old school conversions from things that weren't apartments. Consequently it has weird little gaps in places. It also lacks storage. This gap at the bottom of the stairs where a concrete pillar was not quite in the right place to be flush with the wall, was screaming to be used for something.




Dr Wheel suggested it might be a good spot for his CD collection or for spare books or 'curiosities' (we haven't worked out quite what those are yet). So after a measuring session and a visit to Bunnings, we were ready to start. As you can see, our workshop is tidy and well-appointed:



Actually as you might have guessed, this isn't a workshop but the public space outside the apartment. It's open to the air and made to look kind of like a street, and has handy planter boxes that work as benches. Here Dr Wheel is measuring the shelf spaces.



And here he's turning the cut, sanded and drilled pine boards into mahogany ones in another part of the 'workshop'. I did do some of the work, honest. But he's more photogenic than me.



OMG it fits! This is impressive considering the gap is not a standard or even shape, but widens toward the top. The next step was to cut individual shelves and number them, since we couldn't just cut them all the same size. These were then sanded and stained and last night when they were dry at 11pm we put them in.



I had to stand outside to take this picture. There's a gap at the top just the right size for the Bad Robot, and we can remove shelves if the CDs don't fill the whole thing.

We are pleased with ourselves and may have spent some time this morning admiring our handiwork.

Also this morning, it is hosing down like, build an ark kind of hosing. So of course off I went to the market, and now our fruit and vegies are drying on towels all over the lounge. Witness Nature's Bounty:






Now I'm going to attempt to make a recipe out of a recipe book. The thing itself looks simple (vegetarian couscous) but it says to serve it with things that require effort. But, I'm all for learning how to make sauces and sides, so damn it I'll give it a go.

Also, my blogging may be a bit weirdly timed over the next three weeks because the crash block course starts tomorrow and I've no idea how much of my time that'll eat. Be good without me, mmk?

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From:vernacularity
Date:January 7th, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
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cool shelves. great use of that space!
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From:n3m3sis42
Date:January 7th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Mmm, veggies. :)
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From:pombagira
Date:January 7th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
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nice shelves.. and vege and fruit.. gosh so what do you think the shelves would look like with all the veg and fruit artfully arranged in them? *ponders this*
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From:tatjna
Date:January 8th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
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We didn't. At least, we haven't yet. The fit is sufficiently snug that the span of the shelves is holding it firmly in place and it isn't about to rock. However, since we live in Wobblyville, we're going to attach the top of the thing to the architrave with a couple of brackets.

And the shelves are held in place using shelf studs, only ours are more tasteful than those ones. PS, this means we can alter the distances between shelves if we want to.

Edited at 2012-01-08 12:24 am (UTC)
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From:rivet
Date:January 8th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
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Nice spread of food there!
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From:tatjna
Date:January 8th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
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I was disappointed not to find rock melons and mangoes. Mind you I didn't stick around to look for them. ;-)
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From:38
Date:January 8th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
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Great work,and what a good idea for that space!
Yummm veggies.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:January 8th, 2012 06:23 am (UTC)
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I wanted to do the vege market thing today, but the weather was just too awful to contemplate it.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 8th, 2012 06:49 am (UTC)
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I got saturated and everyone there was wet and it was just a bit meh. The egg guy was all "Summer's coming, right?"

But yeah, my option if I hadn't gone was the New World which is even further away. We had no fruit or vegies in the house.
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From:vernacularity
Date:January 8th, 2012 07:07 am (UTC)
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I went about 12, and it was actually quite pleasant. I like how all the veges are kept fresh by the rain :-)
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From:tatjna
Date:January 8th, 2012 07:10 am (UTC)
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Yeah me too - although I'm not sure it's done the onions any good, and I made sure to dry everything out before putting it away, otherwise there'd be mould by Thursday.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:January 8th, 2012 07:57 am (UTC)
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I just don't have any veges in the house, or much else for that matter. I was going to order pizza or something, but my awesome flatmate stepped into the breach with vegan curry. (Not curried vegan.)
I guess I'll go to New World on the way home tomorrow.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:January 8th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
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Great work on the shelves!
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