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The Shed No 087 November-December 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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2 min.
electronica abounds

This issue of The Shed seems to have a real electronics theme to it. It’s not intentional, it just turned out that way. We have electronic sheddies, an electric build project, electronic restoration and upcycling articles, and more. Our sheds used to be dominated by metal and woodworking projects and the only electronics we dabbled in was restoring old radios or messing about with vintage hi-fi. But the world we live in now is chockfull of electronics. It is an integral part of our daily lives that is impossible to ignore or get away from, even if you should want to. Because of this new electronic universe of ours, the opportunities for sheddies are endless for fun-to-do builds and exciting projects to create. Technology is advancing at such a fast rate that…

7 min.
tradition goes tech

Architect, designer, sailor. Add lateral thinker, enthusiast, and passionate Kiwi to the mix and you have the CV of a Christchurch man who has made it his mission to put Māori waka back on the water by marrying traditional knowledge with today’s technology. Quentin Roake’s goal is to find a way to build waka in numbers, recreating the appearance and characteristics of traditional craft in a modern version that is portable, durable, and economical to manufacture. “The big question is, how do you translate the traditional form of canoe into modern materials? You can’t cut down a big tātara tree every time you want to make a canoe,” he says. Quentin’s quest for a solution involved consultation with tohunga waka (canoe experts), including Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and Sir Hekenukumaingaiwi (Hector) Busby, and led to…

1 min.
how it started

Political decisions often have farreaching effects. When American president George Bush decided to invade Iraq in 2004, it set off a tailspin of events for the Roake family that indirectly led to Quentin’s waka project. At the time, Quentin was living in the UK with his wife, Frankie, and their three children. He had just finished restoring their 1480 Tudor manor and the plan was to sell it and, with the proceeds, move back to New Zealand. Quentin’s dream was to buy a coastal property and build a 48-foot (15m) ketch with his brother. The manor went on the market the day that American troops went into Iraq. Simultaneously the value of the house, along with their savings in Euros, plummeted and the value of a Kiwi ‘safe haven’ went up. “We…

1 min.
tragedy prompts in-depth research

The loss of two dozen yachts and 19 lives in the Fastnet Race of 1979 led to scrutiny of boat design. Researchers at the US Naval Academy Hydromechanics Laboratory in Annapolis tested models of the yachts that got into trouble in tanks equipped to make scaled waves. A parallel finding was that when masts were fitted to the models, they were harder to capsize. This appeared counter-intuitive, as one would expect a mast-less hull to be more stable. But researchers found that adding a mast more than doubled the roll inertia, increasing the boat’s resistance to capsizing. Because the mast has weight to it and it takes energy to change direction, it absorbs and slows down the rocking motion. The resistance to spin or moment of inertia of an object is…

2 min.
new tool library in christchurch

Tool libraries are an example of ‘libraries of things’, where things are borrowed as needed rather than being owned. A tool library has recently been established in Christchurch. It’s called the ‘Tool Lendery’ and it is based in a shipping container on Manchester Street in an empty part of the central city that is designated for eventual inner-city housing. Its initial funding for tool purchases was provided by Fletcher Housing, which is constructing nearby up-market apartments. The Tool Lendery differs from many tool libraries in that the tools are booked over the internet and a $5 fee for each tool is deducted from your credit card before the tool can be collected. Sort of like Uber. There is no annual subscription or registration fee, so I signed up and became member number…

1 min.
the shed online

What’s happening online at 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: • how to make a lathe stop: useful for eliminating the need to constantly stop the lathe to re-measure • working with bronze: Rudi Buchanan-Strewe gives in to his artistic family genes and pursues his love of sculpture • a video of blacksmith Josh Timmins: meet the blacksmith from The Shed Issue No. 86 and watch how he makes a fully forged knife • colour-anodize that aluminium alloy: one way to guard against corrosion is to create a hard oxide film. These are just some of the new uploads to our website over the…