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The Shed September-October 2018

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.

New Zealand
Parkside Media
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6 Issues


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what a waste

Don’t you reckon there always seems to be a new fad, something that suddenly we are all meant to be into, or all of a sudden doing and participating in? Like drinking bottled water, installing a heat pump, wearing Crocs etc, etc. I hate fads and run as far away from them as I can. I like to find or create my own fads. It must come from my dad who always said to me, “Don’t be a sheep.” Looks like at least one tidbit of parental advice sunk in then. One of the current fads doing the rounds is abolishing single-use plastic bags and this may be the first time I join in with everyone else and immerse myself in a current trend. Of course the single-use plastic bag is only…

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eat my dust

In any workshop, dust is a health hazard and an annoyance, but when your workshop has direct access to the house it also becomes a matrimonial issue. My workshop takes up two bays of a three-bay attached garage so it is very important to keep everything clean so workshop debris does not end up being carried inside. To keep dust under control I have fitted each of my woodworking machines with its own mini cyclone and vacuum system (Image 1). This means that when I need to move machines about to create work space the dust collection continues to work. Cyclones are very effective at removing large and small particles of dust. The cyclones that I have made easily collect sawdust from the saws as well as fine dust from sanding or…

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keeping sharp

Every June I exhibit at the Blade Show in Atlanta, the biggest knife show in the world, and afterwards visit and work with fellow knife makers in the US. This year my host was Jerry McClure, a very talented knife maker from Oklahoma. The Atlanta Blade Show is the world’s largest cutlery show, which is open to the public for three days in early June, with some 750 exhibits dealing in everything cutlery related, with stands from commercial knife companies, custom knife makers, knife-making suppliers, tooling, and engineering suppliers. There’s nothing cutlery related that you can’t get, whether it is carbon fibre, exotic handle material, or the latest grinders. Everything for fans of knives is here. I always like to set up my stand on the Thursday, as it gives me a…

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the shed online

What’s happening online at theshedmag.co.nz? Each week we upload new content on The Shed website joining the hundreds of articles and videos already on the site for readers to discover and enjoy. The past two month’s new uploads include: • tackling stainless: a guide to welding stainless steel • a video of master birdhouse builder Steven Price from Issue No. 79 • making a leather knife sheath • a video of Whanganui glass artist, Carmen Simmonds from Issue No. 79. These are just some of the new uploads to our website these past two months. Visit theshedmag.co.nz to enjoy even more. The Shed is now on Instagram Search theshedmag…

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Letter of the MONTH Drill sharpening I was most interested in Andy Wilson’s request for information about drill sharpening (The Shed Issue No. 74). Pictured is the drill-sharpening jig [that] I use. It is the Eclipse 39, a Britishmade device whose inventor won the Invention of the Year competition for it in 1970. I have seen it described as “the best-value bit of kit ever”. The abrasive material is sandpaper glued to a flat surface. I use the plate-glass top from a damaged set of bathroom scales and sprayon adhesive. The drill bit is accurately positioned in the jig and pushed over the sheet of abrasive. After a few passages across the surface the drill bit is repositioned and the other facet of the cutting surface is sharpened. The process is repeated until two good cutting…

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recreating history

The first school bus in New Zealand was a Model T Ford (black of course), full of kids, that rattled down the bumpy roads of the little King Country town of Piopio in the 1920s. In fact there were three of them back in the day, all Model Ts, covering the rural areas around the town. Each one was identical and carried up to 32 children. Before that children walked or rode horses to local schools, and when Piopio school became the first consolidated school in the country in 1924, replacing many tiny rural schools, a bus service into the village was the way to go. They were built by the Phoenix Bus Company and the three buses were delivered to transport children from the surrounding schools — Te Mapara, Paemako, and Arapae. The…