Tin Man Giraffe

So, at last I have a week to build a Giraffe, You know one of these.


Yes it is a stock image just taken from the net , and I thank whomever for posting it.

The reason for this one is that it can be broken down into sections so when built from corrugated Iron I can get a 3D effect from flat planes of Corro.

It will be about 4m tall, but I have put form into the head as it will lay at about 69 degree’s to the rest of the body.

So 2 sheets of Iron at 3.8m from the salvage yard


Take a copy of the Photo from the web and print, I then worked out 4m from head to feet and drew a line across the print at those 1m points.

This was the only lines drawn I just free handed the body from there .


If you look there are 5 sections needed to build Her.

the first layer is neck, then the right side, followed by the left rear leg, then the last leg on the right at the rear and then the head this was made wider so the bending will allow for it to gain the full shape.


I have a nibbler that fits on a drill so cut out was easy compared to tin snips.

next photo is both front legs cut out and crossed as per finished.

Belive it or not the neck L Leg is in this photo 3.8m long. (just looks short in photo)


when it was all cut out it was all given a 2 coat of primer undercoat.

prim 1

Prim 2

Prim 3

Prime Head

With a bit of black added to the head after shaping (yep that’s a tongue)

Now the pallet is restricted

Paint pallet

all house paint and UV stuff and the owner wants to clear coat later.

So that was yesterday and today and it needs to go up in place in a tree on Saturday.

wish me luck !.

I will post the rest of the build as it happens over the next 3 days.

Thursday 25th Sept

cut myself 4.250m of 25 x25 2mm wall square tube.

1  4.250m 1a bend to fit front leg

then using the neck left leg/neck section made up an angle and went looking for 2 close together trees to bend it..

Lucy (dog) just checking)

Then I lay the fore section over the axis spar and fixed it with self drilling hex head screws

turned it over and fixed the other sections to the back in there order front to rear, added a x member and fixed the rear sections to it so as to give a small amount of depth but not too big as to give a disjointed look to the finished beast.

1b  turn over fix 1c  turn back and fix other sections 1f  self drill fixers 1d  add x member

Then primed all the fixers and heat bended the top section of the spar to hold the head and this also sealed the tube from weather entering at the top.

1h  top of axis bent down to hold head (now weather proof)

Then late today out came a 4 inch brush and the pallet of house paint and did some hard and fast wet on wet painting in a rough vein of the photo.

1i base painting full wet mix

Tomorrow I will stand it up at the front of the shed and see how it looks and get out the ladder and fix any bad paint work.


Friday he got a Bit of a trim and some more colour  paint, then He got to stand up for the first time so against my shed ( 9m x 6m) he is 4meters tall!!

at 15m12 next 2 shed Far

at 5m12 next 2 shed closeup

Now he looked a bit bright so a bit more colour and then this morning

Saturday 27th September

he went down to my back yard to see him in morning light

(there is a reason)

12 down the back

Facing South East at 9.30am …dappled shade

The light gives him a better 3D look.

He will sit facing North West with the same sort of light in the afternoon.

so on to the ute and off home, His place in life was worked out so that

From the drive way

home driveLook in the middle

From the Lounge room over the deck


From the Kitchen

home kitchen

From the master bedroom

home bed

and the little deck

from deck

and at last in place facing North West

and from all accounts he glowed redder in today’s sunset.

OH and His name..Morris…

ah call him Morris

Sorry, but photos don’t do him Justice.

“That’s all Folk’s”



Green House at Last

While the little test bathtub has ticked away  with Fish loss and all the rest of small problems were worked out, I have very slowly been working on the foundations of the greenhouse.

OK so that bit (with day to day life ) has taken nigh on 2 years,

Until 2 weeks ago, a Mate turned up on a Sunday took a look at my block work and said when do I get to the windows?

My reply was at the currant rate 2016.

Say no More.

On the following Thursday at 7.30am (my normal day starts about 10am when I crawl out of bed to get the days Meds)

As with all things weird I had been woken at 4am with arms full of Broken Glass so watching a movie on YouTube in comes the Mate with all his Builder Gear and a helper and 5hrs later I was welding up the roof frame and after a cuppa he left with me to just put on a roof so Friday I got some Tophat lengths and after a while and a trip to th’ Hardware shop where I got myself a battery Driver I managed to also get up 2 x  1/2 sheets of clear roofing.

Then last Saturday I spent the whole day putting on the roof.

I had better explain something here,

I collect stuff some I buy and some just shows up by chance.

Now this greenhouse, the windows came from someone replacing all his windows the rest of the build is part of a huge amount of stuff that cost me $400 when Bunnings shifted from where they were into there new Building.

So the Blocks the steel frames, 8 x 2 Sleepers and some of the tin was just a small section of what was and is there.

OK so by now you are board so here are the photos.

looking straight at it the right side is west and the length is the only point that keeps full sun in mid winter.

In some of the photos at the western end there are 3 long grey troughs these will be mounted under the windows and other tubs will be against the center wall.

Below East on the left West on the right.

windows headon closeup windows

roof frame electric bolts roof frame shed full space Divide Wall tophats West face East West to East closeup Today sunday14th Sept Last Photo is Today

Sunday 14th September 2014, with new hole into main shed.

Wednesday 15th Oct 14

OK catchup

yesterday I finished a weeks work of digging the foundations laying the Besser Blocks and core filling all of them with concrete and steel beams …yes we have the walls and outline of the Fish Tank.IMG_0977IMG_0979

so now I sit back and wait for the whole thing to go off.

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