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The Shed No 086 September-October 2019

The Shed is Eclectic, informed and always fascinating, there is something to interest everyone in The Shed. Aimed at those with a few tools and perhaps a few clues, this is the magazine for real sheddies. Packed with ideas, projects, advice and peeks into other people’s sheds.

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3 min.
size isn’t everything

There was a report in the news recently about a fire in a building in Whanganui. It was a very large fire and apparently practically devastated a fine historic building in the centre of town. I found myself feeling really quite concerned about this destruction and what it meant to the local community. Not because I come from Whanganui (I have only briefly passed through it once in all my travels around our glorious country) but because, since I have been editing this magazine, a fair bit of our content has come from smaller towns and cities like Whanganui and I feel so much closer to these places now. Our publishing business is based in central Auckland but the heart and soul of this magazine is definitely outside of this metropolis. This issue…

11 min.
razor sharp

Blacksmith Josh Timmins plies his trade in a large shed on his family lifestyle block in Eketahuna. Behind the shed a large vegetable garden flourishes, chooks roam freely, and a cock’s crow punctuates the clang, clang of metal on metal as Josh demonstrates the stages of forging a blacksmith’s Viking knife. The knife, also known as a ‘woman’s’ knife, is made with handle and blade in one piece, and it is razor sharp. “It’s a general-purpose utility knife, useful when you are ripping apart a rabbit,” Josh says. “It’s got quite a thick spine — around 5mm. A normal kitchen knife today is around 2mm. The business end is as sharp as hell and just slices through, but then it creates a wedge because of the width of the blade and…

3 min.
ruffling feathers

Researchers at The University of Auckland have developed a way to turn chicken feathers into a high-performing fire retardant. We love to eat chicken and as a result billions of chicken feathers end up in the incinerator or landfill and are a significant waste problem. However, Prof. Debes Bhattacharyya of the Faculty of Engineering has found a way to use chicken feathers as a base for a fire retardant, which is safer than many other fire retardants, cheaper to produce, and takes care of waste at the same time. “People pay to get rid of chicken feathers,” he says. Chicken feathers are made of a keratinous material that is found in the hair, wool, horns, and hooves of mammals and is a natural flame inhibitor. Fire retardants are added to industrial and consumer products such…

1 min.
vintage fun

Lovers of all things vintage will come together once more to celebrate a bygone era at The Very Vintage Day Out 2019 on 19 October, from 10am–5pm, at the ASB Showgrounds in Epsom, Auckland. The show features live bands, dancers, plus this year a car hall full of classic, muscle, and hot rod cars, and military displays. There will be more than 90 vendors on-site selling a huge range of vintage, retro, and rockabilly products. There are also several competitions on the day — look out for the crowning of the Jack Daniels Miss Pin-Up New Zealand 2019, or you can enter The Very Vintage Photo Safari, The Bake Off, or the Spotlight Sewing competitions. And There are workshops for make-up, hair, and vintage gardening in the Very Vintage Day Out theatre. You…

1 min.
the shed online

What’s happening online at www.the-shed.nz? Every week we upload new content on The Shed website to join the 100s of articles and videos already on the site for readers to discover, learn from, and enjoy. The past two months’ new uploads include: • make a violin — parts one and two. Be impressed with the many steps involved making a fine instrument • how to fix that wavering drill press — watch an expert sort out this drill press with alignment issues • porcelain drill solutions using Tusk VB core bits — watch this video and be very impressed at what these core bits can do • on fire — learn how to make a brazier (very carefully) from an old LPG cylinder. These are just some of the new uploads to our website in the…

3 min.

Let ter of the MONTH Salt spray prevention Interesting article about generators for the home (The Shed Issue No. 85) but there is an aspect about them that I came across in 2007–2008 that I would not have otherwise thought about. At that time I spent about 12 months in the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste as part of the NZ Police contribution to the peacekeeping forces. One place I stayed at for about three months was in a remote area on the weather coast of Guadalcanal island. It is called the ‘weather coast’ for a reason and most days the sea was rough, and the air continuously heavy with sea spray and mist. A large generator supplied power for the house and station. It was secured to a concrete base with a palm-thatched roof…