The Shed Issue 80, September/October 2018

The Shed Issue 80, September/October 2018

When we met Des Thomson and his expanding motorhome pod in Issue 76 of The Shed, we were very impressed with his workshop dust extractor. Happily for us all, Des has found the time to share with us how he builds these machines using and an old vacuum and the minimum of parts. Follow his step by step build of a workshop dust extractor in this Issue 80 of The Shed.


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Restoring a roller.. or three

What car maker would give every different bolt on a vehicle a different number and make sure every nut and bolt had a 3 percent chrome content? We’re talking about the same manufacturer that would put platinum on the faces of the distributor points so they would virtually last forever and “hang the cost”.

Yep, we’re talking Rolls-Royce and while their cars always mean the highest standards, their early cars were totally in a class of their own.

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Making a Classic Work Bench: Part Two - Making the Tail Vice

Making a Classic Work Bench: Part Two - Making the Tail Vice

Right so now that your back from your warm sunny Pacific Island holiday—taken to recover from making the benchtop and frame—it’s time to get working on the vice. What we have on our hands is a beautiful little project of reasonable complexity that demands accuracy, uses both hand and machine-skills and is incredibly satisfying both when making it and using it. 

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Video of Carmen Simmonds, glass artist

Video of Carmen Simmonds, glass artist

In Issue 79 of The Shed we featured Whanganui glass artist Carmen Simmonds. In this video by Tracey Grant, Carmen shows us in some detail a few of her creative practices and we showcase some of her outstanding creations with glass and occasionally brass. Carmen is currently president of the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass.

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Shed 78 prize-winning subscribers

Shed 78 prize-winning subscribers

We love giving stuff away and some of our subscribers win big each issue. We had these two Teng prize packs up for grabs in the May/June issue and here are the lucky winners.
Tony Schmetzer of Christchurch and Peter Mills of Auckland each win one of these $1100 Teng packages. Well done guys and if you aren't a Shed subscriber maybe its time to change that. The odds of winning a prize are better than Lotto so there's yet another reason!
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Tackling Stainless: A guide to stainless steel welding

I get so many people asking me what is the best way to weld stainless steel. There are many different versions of the best way. Hopefully this article will give you Sheddies a few helpful hints on welding stainless. For the sake of simplicity, I will stick to the common 300 series stainless steels. One of the things I like about welding stainless is that the welding machinery is generally the same amperage and has the same material thickness capability as mild steel. Within reason, you could say they were cousins. 

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Video of master birdhouse builder Steven Price

Video of master birdhouse builder Steven Price

When builder Steven Price suffered a severe neck injury at work he turned the accident into an opportunity. The Whanganui sheddie no longer mounts scaffolding; instead he designs and constructs much smaller buildings. Enjoy this video and see Steven creating and discussing his work using totara and kauri to make stunningly unique birdhouse creations in his garden and shed.

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Secrets of amplification

Secrets of amplification

Electronic amplifiers are widely used in almost all electronic equipment— they can either be a separate piece of equipment or an electrical circuit within another device. The ability to amplify is fundamental to modern electronics, where a small electrical signal is amplified into a larger output signal with increased power output or signal strength.

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Making a leather knife sheath

Making a leather knife sheath

While you can make a knife sheath from any type of heavy leather, vegetable tanned leather, or russet as it is commonly known, will make the best sheath. Most leather for clothing and upholstery is chemically tanned by the chrome method whereas vegetable tanned leather is tanned with oak and various other species of tree barks that tanners have found to be suitable in producing good leathers.

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Installing a Kitchen

Installing a Kitchen

Kitchens are the heart of a house, the control room around which everything revolves, and a room that gets a lot of use, more so than any other. It’s also a workplace where meals are prepared and often consumed. It’s a hard traffic area that sees a lot of action. Kitchen styles are constantly changing and traditionally there has been a trade off between functionality and design within a set budget.

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The Shed Issue 79, July/August 2018

The Shed Issue 79, July/August 2018

In The Shed Issue 79, July/August 2018, we head to Wellington to document Shea Stackhouse making a small knife from Damascus steel, fondly known as a Puukka (that’s Finnish for small knife). While we are there we hang around to meet some knife fans who receive knife making advice from Shea at one of his regular knifemaking classes.

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Time for A Spherical Clock

Time for A Spherical Clock

Here is a step by step guide to making a stylish 36mm small clock, inserted into a 50mm sphere and placed on a tapered stand which you can make easily with your woodturning lathe.
Enjoy making these clocks to sell or just for the pleasure of pursuing a hobby. For this clock, the author used pohutukawa for its density of colour and rich finish.


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