So where the bloody hell are you going to get yours?

Not on the beach, anyway. Get the dreams out of your head and make ’em in your shed after picking up a shedload of inspiration at your local mag shop.

So you want to make a  dust extractor from a vacuum cleaner, weld a trailer cage, whip up your own anemometer, get arty with a Lichtenberg wood burner, or check out some stunning scale-model steam engines? Amazingly, it’s all in The Shed. And now you’ll now find The Shed at a store near you. Where the bloody hell will you get yours? Find out below.


We met Des to talk about his expanding motorhome pod in Issue 76 of The Shed, but his nifty homemade workshop dust extractor caught our eye. Happily for us, Des tells how we can make our own with an old vacuum and a minimum of parts. Follow his step-by-step build of a workshop dust extractor in Issue 80 of The Shed.

Knives your thing? Join Brent Sandow as he attends the ‘world best’ knife-making show in America (naturally) and Atlanta, Georgia, in particular.  Then travel to Taranaki to check out the rebuild of an historic Ford Model T school bus in rural Piopio.

Judy Waterston from Duntroon in rural north Otago wanted to be a blacksmith from the moment she laid eyes on the red-hot clanging, sparks-flying, furnace-roaring drama of a smithy in full flight. Now she is teaching youngsters this ancient skill in her own smithy.

Win Holdaway builds scale steam engines in his Blenheim shed but be prepared to be fully amazed. In our latest BBC microbit experiment we build a small wind machine, and Jude welds a cage for his trailer so he can move stock around his property.

Geoff Merryweather shows us how to make a toe jack and Ritchie Wilson encourages us to go on a journey personalising our sheds or personcaves. Coen Smit makes a Lichtenberg burner from an old microwave and takes the opportunity to build a dead man’s switch for a host of workshop power tools.

Mark Beckett heads south and west to Westport to check out the CNC routers Vertigo Technologies build there and we have more tips and advice on 3D printing.

Staying on the rugged left hand side of New Zealand we visit the outstanding Westland Heritage Park in Hokitika where they preserve and restore Kiwi machine history.

And finally The Shed says a sad seeya to our Back o’ the Shed columnist, Jim Hopkins. Join Jim in a singalong as he bids us all farewell. Until we meet again…



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The Shed is a bi-monthly magazine that features how-to articles by experts, interviews people undertaking amazing projects, and pokes about in their sheds – a great read for the DIY enthusiast and those with a few tools looking for a bit of advice and inspiration.