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The Shed No 91 July-August 2020

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.
at last, some good news!

There won’t be many of us who missed the recent announcement about consent no longer being required for new minor dwellings up to 30m2 in size — consent exemptions for low risk work / new building. The chatter everywhere was about sleep-outs, outdoor fires, carports, and the like, and of course my thinking went straight to — a 30m2 shed! I am sure many of you will recall a time when you could build your own house, shed, garage, etc. and it was no big deal. However times change — probably for the better. Structures need to be safe and sound, of course, so rules are there for a reason — basically to keep us safe and sound and not cause issues for anyone else. This new building consent also caught my ear…

1 min.
stay in your shed and carry on

1 min.
let ter of the month

MISSING DETAILS The belt sander article in Issue No. 90 (May/June 2020) leaves out a couple of small details. 1. The spindle speed — what motor revs, what size pulleys?2. Direction of rotation — does the roller pull the material through or does it need to be pushed against the roller? Ken Buckley Great questions, Ken — I should have thought to include that info. 1. The motor is a 1/3hp, which runs at 1425rpm. The pulley at the sander drum is 155mm, and the pulley at the motor is 115mm. The calculation is (1425 x 115) / 155 = 1057rpm.2. The material is pushed against the roller — I got it wrong once and was pleased I wasn’t standing on the other side as the piece of wood flew out of there at a…

10 min.
a labour of love

Bill Stevenson has a granddaughter with a family, living on a farm down south. The farm has a lot of trees and the family has a log burner, so keeping warm in those cold southern winters isn’t a problem. However, cutting the firewood is an arduous task, even with a chainsaw. Many of the logs arrive at the house several metres long and with a diameter of more than 500mm. Chopping those to size with an axe is even more laborious. The family needed a log splitter. Building a log splitter was nothing new to Bill — he’d built them before. With a background working at Comalco — where, incidentally, he worked with Des Thomson, another writer for The Shed — Bill has skills and experience, particularly in the engineering arts. However,…

1 min.
when oil gets too hot

Pressure and heat are the two fundamental elements of an oil-driven hydraulic system. In the case of the log splitter the risks are heat and dust, particularly if it is to be used in a rural environment. Oil has two primary functions: lubrication and cooling. Cars also have water cooling through a radiator and fan, and that works in tandem with the oil. The Titan motor Bill is using is air-cooled, but unlike a motorcycle, for example, it is stationary so there is no air moving through it to assist the process. Oil then is the primary cooling agent for the log splitter, hence Bill’s decision to go to a larger reservoir. When oil overheats, a process begins that results in the oil becoming thinner before ultimately breaking down. A degradation process…

14 min.
iona tiny house a dream made real part 1

THE SECOND ARTICLE, TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE ISSUE 92 OF THE SHED, WILL FEATURE THE INTERIOR OF THE TINY HOUSE, THE EXTERIOR JOINERY AND THE COPPER WORK, WHICH WERE CARRIED OUT USING SOME TRADITIONAL METHODS AND MACHINERY Architect Elinor McDouall’s vision to transform a 1920s Otago Harbour Board workboat into a tiny house caught the imagination and tested the skills of all the tradesmen who brought it to fruition. Not your typical wedding cake structure, Elinor’s design turned the Iona on its side and the hull, podlike, now forms the backbone of a unique little bed and breakfast on the Whanganui River, opposite the city’s historic central business district. Following the curve Boats are mainly curved, unlike your standard house or commercial building. Elinor wanted to retain the boat shape as much as…