montjoye: (Default)
( Apr. 3rd, 2011 10:59 am)
Another done thing and a cute one.

prior stages of manufacture )
Possibly the most timeconsuming part of this was sewing the silk onto the stretcher. Though painting all that black took a while. Not helped by me thinking I needed to build up colour when I didn't. Ah well, still not bad for a first time silk painter.

Here are the finished flags! Hopefully they will look even better on the tent.

as taught to me by doushkasmum

I'm working on finally finishing the poles and other hardware for my new tent. Balls and spikes for flags have been assembled. Ends have been cut off nails. Poles have been sanded. Decisions have been made on what to paint all the bits with. Poles will be oiled, joiners will be black, ball and spike will be gold. I'm waiting for some undercoat and a brush to dry and I'm feeling too mucky to sew, so I'll write this.

back to how to make a tent pole:
take a mucking great piece of construction pine (90x45mm). Cut in half lengthwise. Octagonalise it by cutting all the corners off. All this cutting was done on the scary table saw. Then shave off the remaining corners with a spokeshave. Stages pictured below:


After all this, mz montjoye felt very pleased with herself and very grateful for the lessons and loan of equipment from doushkasmum.

Later, I learnt how to apply chisel and spokeshave again to cut down one end of each half pole to fit the joiner tubes on.
later still, one drills holes in the other end and hammers in mucking great nails.
even later, one gets around to sealing them.

I'm probably prouder of all this workshop output than my sewing recently. Aren't new skills exciting?

montjoye: (Default)
( Jan. 15th, 2011 04:18 pm)
This, for those that don't know, is a cringle. Or it will be once it has a hole punched in the middle. I've just finished sewing the last of the 18 needed on the new tent!


montjoye: (Default)
( Jan. 13th, 2011 07:28 pm)
My tent is starting to look like a real one. This cap sewing job is not easy. by about 1/3 round I was getting the hang of it though. Now posting and about to pour a gin and tonic while I recoup before tacking #2. Tonic is important when one has so many mossie bites eh? medicinal even.

Stuff still to do on tent



-Charge drill (in progress)

-set nails
-set eye screws
-clean joiners
-galvanise joiners

-cringles- 7/18 done, 6 by of the lovely doushkasmum
punch holes

 Pegs- Find and buy

learn and do splicing for the loop ends
-Peg bag
-Pole bag
-Finish woodwork on two more poles for sunshade option
Then on all poles
-sand wood
-undercoat wood
-paint all black
-design and cut stencil
-paint stencils
(I was amused by the broad spread of votes on my paint poll. I think I 'll go with doushkasmum's suggestion of blackity black but with some sort of design painted on in gold)

organize flags etc

montjoye: (Default)
( Jan. 12th, 2011 06:03 am)
Hopefully there will be a poll in this post. Right now it doesn't look like it but I've never done one before so maybe it will magically appear when I press the post button.

I was inclined to just oil my new tent poles wot I hope to finish tonight. However I am told that paint is a more historically informed choice. So... given that my tent is white canvas with black and gold painted designs, what colours do you think I should paint the poles and joiners? Note that the black and gold paint is oil based, the red is water based.
Poll #5597 montjoye's tent pole paint
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6

so what colour/s should I paint these poles of mine?

View Answers

black blackity black black
2 (33.3%)

black poles, gold joiners
2 (33.3%)

red poles, gold joiners
2 (33.3%)

gold! all should be gold!
0 (0.0%)

so will the poll appear? .......whay hay, it did!



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