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Project by robscastle posted 04-13-2018 10:54 AM 958 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend MC turned up with a Spa Step he wanted me to repair, it had the base section broken completely off.

I had some pieces of pine that I could rebuild it with for him so I said OK.
He left it with me and the next day I set to work.
But when I picked it up to do some measurements the bottom step fell off.

I thought it was a bit beyond repair and being Common Garden variety Pine the rest was possibly just as bad.

I sent him a picture of it and he agreed it was BER.

As I was about to dispose of it I realised I may be able to reproduce it from a stick of hardwood I had leaning against the house.

So I decided to run it through the thicknesser to see if it was useable.

I did some basic measurements and found that I could replicate it fairly close to the original dimensions and if I ripped in in half I had more than enough material to do the job.

I pocket hole and glue jointed the two side pieces, then cut a radius with my band saw for the feet.
Next I selected the “bookmatched” pairs to make the steps.
Hence the chalk marks all over the raw steps.

I used my router to round over the edges and then sanded them to about 150 grit all over.
Next I then stained them with Oil based Cedar stain the match the existing Spa.
The following day I finish coated them with some oil based clear finish.

Its all ready for delivery on Sat when we go visit.
Its going to be a belated Birthday present as I did not let on what I had done so far.

The timber is a variety of the Aust Gum species, a hardwood possibly Yellow Stringy Bark not really sure.

I do know it will outlast the pine rubbish he made the original step out of some time ago.

Almost a duplicate.

I hope he likes it!

PS: Just in case you may have been wondering where I have been of late, well in Feb during a storm I received a direct hit from a lightning strike, it put me off the air for a week and took out my Modem in the process.
However after wandering about like a Zombie for a week I slowly recovered and have now returned to normal.
I bought a new modem and upon getting evertthing going again I found a few messages of concern from various LJs (so thanks for that, I appreciate the concern!)

It did however prompt me to finalise my affairs and make a will, along with starting to get rid of all the wood working Junk I have around the house. I have hucked out heaps of wood and equipment in prepartion for the next time as I might not be so lucky if you could call it that.

Enjoy

-- Regards Rob





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ZAGREB

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#1 posted 04-13-2018 11:38 AM

good job,Robert

-- bambi

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#2 posted 04-13-2018 12:09 PM

Looking good Rob,
Very close to the original.
“A blind man on a galloping horse would be very pleased to see it”. LOL
Great job mate.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 04-13-2018 12:42 PM

Better than new! It’s nice when things work out so well Robert. The steps turned out very nice!

Glad you’re back to normal after that lightning strike; scary stuff! I’ve never been hit personally but last year a lighting bolt hit a tree in our front yard about 40 feet from me and my wife and like you we had our will’s made out soon after. I caught it all on our security camera’s

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 04-13-2018 02:43 PM

Sometimes replacement is better than restoration, like here! Great job, Rob. Now, stop wearing your foil hat in the rain, we cannot replace you!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 04-13-2018 07:15 PM

Robert, looks like you replaced everything except the ends… Why not just replace the ends too to really make it ALL look NEW?

You did a GREAT JOB!

Best looking Pine I’ve seen… Aussie Pine must be better than Yankee Pine… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#6 posted 04-13-2018 11:46 PM

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Another great job there rc...

Did I mention my initials are MC… I have the spa and a cheapo plastic step… Now maybe a hardwood diving board should not be too hard to configure and put in an envelope and post to Churchill… after all you need to offload all that timber that’s holding up your house.

PS. Gotta hone up on my lightning focus… only scored a modem this time!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 04-14-2018 12:29 AM

Rob, this is a great project. It sure looks handsome. Those steps should last a good while. Great job of illustrating and explaining the process. Fun to read.

I know what you mean. My wife and I got our financial affairs, wills, and the like organized following my second open-heart surgery.

Glad you are feeling better. Hey, is this the first time you have been struck by lightening? It would explain so much about your behavior if it were the second or third time you had your circuits scrambled. Wish I had that excuse. For example, this week I made a board to hang my ukulele on the wall. And I don’t have lightening as an excuse to explain the behavior away.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 04-14-2018 01:08 AM

Great job! It certainly should last a while.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#9 posted 04-14-2018 04:06 AM

Perfect repair! I bet your friend likes it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 04-14-2018 04:33 AM

Im going to drop my broken stuff off at your place.
Great job on the steps. Yer, wow the yellow stringy bark sure came up good with that cedar stain.

Hit by lightening, wow Rob that is extreme, Happy to hear that you survived. Well done.
I look forward hearing the long story on all that hopefully over a beer sometime.

Regards
Anthony

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#11 posted 04-14-2018 10:27 AM

Non skid surface too.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 04-17-2018 01:53 AM

Thanks everybody for the feedback.
The step was received very well!

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 04-17-2018 03:55 AM



The step was received very well!
- robscastle

C’mon rc… you’re not getting off that easy…

Well the step were received (STILL WAITING FOR THE ENVELOPE)!.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#14 posted 04-17-2018 05:54 AM

Hey!
well, well, well thats some step work should be mandatory on all wells, oh well, anyway
The diving board
Its made and ready for delivery but when I went to send it, the PO wanted ID and I remembered I dropped my wallet in your workshop some time ago, so I couldnt sent it.
So I will have to spring by and make a personal deliverance, stand by for the dueling banjoes!!

Hey is that well in you property? if so why is the water level down so far I thought it had been deluging!

Lightening focus: – I am not sure what the DOF you used was but I am curious to know how it managed to fry my modem as I have a UPS on the line and its OK!

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 04-17-2018 07:58 AM


.... the PO wanted ID and I remembered I dropped my wallet in your workshop some time ago, so I couldnt sent it.
So I will have to spring by and make a personal deliverance, stand by for the dueling banjoes!!

Was happy to pay COD with reversed charges, however, if you want to pop in i”ll have the banjo ready… after all I survived Flowerdale (long story for all you others).

Hey is that well in you property? if so why is the water level down so far I thought it had been deluging!
- robscastle

You are psychic… hmm.. or is it psycho?

Kitchen,

Workshop,

Water, water everywhere,... but I’ll never drop a drink!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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