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June / July 10
Chainsaw makeover PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jude Woodside   

ChainsawChainsaws are one of those tools that take a lot of punishment especially between autumn and spring. It pays to check and maintain them prior to use especially if they have been sitting in the shed unloved for months since they were last used.
Oil and fuel are the obvious things to consider but its pays to do a strip down and clean and lubricate all the moving parts.
Here we take apart a Stihl MS 280, a mid-range machine suited to backyard and lifestyle-block owners but these maintenance principles apply to any saw.

Getting a handle on veneer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Louise Fuller   

VeneerThis cabinet demonstrates how some creative veneering techniques can transform a simple wall cabinet. This piece was originally designed as a bit of fun: a simple carcass construction with a handle detail that would provide me with a challenge while satisfying my passion for curvy, organic forms.
I made the original version of this cabinet, named Islay Wall after my grandmother, in maple with a bloodwood veneer. The contrast in timber and the handle detail made for a striking piece and I was commissioned to make another in cherry with birdseye maple veneer. This allowed me to refine the techniques for making the handles. For an otherwise simple project, the handles really are the crux, so the carcass is a great place to become familiar with veneering on a simple level before taking it to a higher level on the handles.

A scooter carrier for a campervan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Geoff Merryweather   

CampervanOwning a campervan means you can take your house on holiday with you. The downside is you need to pack up your whole holiday site when you want to drive off and get some fish and chips for dinner. I considered towing a car behind the campervan but that was impractical. I use a scooter for commuting so the solution was obvious—put a scooter carrier on the campervan to give us an easy transport option on holiday.
The carrier is essentially an extension to the chassis. This extension carries a piece of cross-rail channel running across the rear of the vehicle with tie-down points to hold the scooter.
The design of the carrier on our 2003 Mitsubishi Canter campervan is a combination of ideas I have seen here and overseas, and it has the added requirement that I also needed a carrier I could take apart easily. The material costs came to around $360 (new steel and lights) not counting the plywood offcuts or paint left over from other projects.

The Cats will play PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brent Bevan   

The Cats will playNga Pari.  Some 800 hectares of undulating south Canterbury sheep and cattle pasture. The Ashley river runs along the northern boundary, feeding the paddocks. This beautiful block has been the home of the Miles family for 111 years now and is steeped in the history of both the family and New Zealand’s' pastoral farming. But it also provides a fascinating insight into our mechanical history, thanks to an outstanding collection of vehicles. These were on display during an absorbing Caterpillar rally. I received an invitation to stay on the farm and participate via a good friend who is related to the Miles’s and so six of us trooped southwards to “help” and to play, especially in the sandpit.

My Shed - New Zealander of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ashley Campbell   

Ray AveryRay Avery and I are standing in his shed doing that geeky, four-eyes thing of swapping glasses to compare our less-than-perfect vision. But Avery, awarded 2010 New Zealander of the Year, is not a geek and his “shed” not a home to single DIY projects and bits that might come in handy.
In the spotless garage attached to his modern, luxurious, home in Auckland’s Mt Eden he has established a nutritional science laboratory. Rather than clamps, hammers and power tools lining the walls, he has benches stacked with jars or buckets of substances such as multidextrin, pumpkin powder and carbohydrates.

My Shed - Gordon Pembridge: artist PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roger Lacey   

Gordon Pembridge: artistGordon Pembridge meets me at the end of his driveway with a disarming smile. He looks about mid-to-late thirties with a boyish face and a shock of sandy hair. Friendly and approachable, he welcomes me into his neat home and introduces me to his wife and young daughter. The walls of his house are hung with some of his detailed, life-like paintings of African wildlife. In a display cabinet he made himself are samples of his woodwork.
Gordon is extremely modest about his work. I had seen examples of his award-winning work and was expecting him to tell me that he had been turning wood for decades so was surprised to hear that he had only started turning about five years ago.