cuddle puddle

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Project by saproc posted 01-29-2014 06:32 PM 2252 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the the twin to my shed I could not make one large shed . As I would have had to get planning permision. Any how its not about the summer house. My girlfriend at that time wanted a hot tub to go with the summer house. So I got some 60 bits of pine. 2”x4” x4’ chamfered each side 87degrees put a rebate near the bottom of each plank for the bottom to rest on. The bottom is the same timber joined togetherand the with my router and a long plank cut out a 6’ circle for the bottom. Well it was a bit of a struggle to get all the pieces together but I did it . Just me and a ratchet strap. (Handy things they are) then I got some 4 ’ metal strips from my local blacksmith and made some straps.
I also made a rocket burner to heat the water.out of a lsrge gas bottle. With a heat exchanger. Which worked a treat for a month . Then the nieghbour complained about the smoke. I think he got jealous to be truthful. I have now bought a gas water heater which must plumbed in . A job for the summer I think

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#1 posted 01-29-2014 06:55 PM

Did you do anything to seal the wood and the seams?

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#2 posted 01-29-2014 07:00 PM

Wondering the same thing about sealing? I would think you might be able to get away without anything around the circumference if you have tension in the strap compressing everything together. The bottom seems like it would almost certainly require something be done to prevent leaking!

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#3 posted 01-29-2014 07:08 PM


Love the build though.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 07:31 PM

haha, looks great

-- steve, simple and effective

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#5 posted 01-29-2014 07:45 PM

There is no sealant between the lats however I did put a bit of putty / sealant around the bottom when the wood swelled it sealed all the trickles

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#6 posted 01-29-2014 10:58 PM

Hahaha! Cuddle puddle conjures up an entirely different connotation for me!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#7 posted 01-29-2014 11:31 PM

Very cool. I’ve been thinking of a wooden hot tub since I left Tokyo in ‘85.

-- Glen

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#8 posted 01-30-2014 01:03 AM

Nice crafting. If you had used oak , when you got tired of the hot tub it could have been a wine cask…LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 01-30-2014 01:37 AM

Congratulations on your success of the big project. Have you tried it yet? Hope it does not have leaking problem. It is exactly what I would like to build up at my weekend house in Inje, Kangwondo, S.Korea. I may contact you later on for the more details, if you don’t mind.

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

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#10 posted 01-30-2014 08:49 AM

Great work!

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#11 posted 01-30-2014 05:07 PM

Thinking about where I could put one. Great Build

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#12 posted 01-31-2014 01:27 AM

Great looking soaking tub! Will be nice on a cool winter night under the stars!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#13 posted 02-23-2014 03:57 AM

Very cool, thanks for posting this.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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