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The Shed November-December 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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it is good to give

If you have had kids you will have experienced those Christmas mornings when they all sit on the couch like wee little angels just waiting for you to pass over the gifts that Santa has magically left under the tree in the middle of the previous night. And the thrill of opening then discarding paper and gift as they attack the next present in the pile, with high anticipation that one of these surprises will be the one to change their lives forever. I recall that children do change as they grow up and the present fervour seems to dissipate as the years go by, but it really doesn’t seem to be until adulthood that things really change. The saying “It is better to give that to receive” seems to children…

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the most fun you can have on three wheels

“I haven’t asked for money for any of them; it’s just for fun — but I didn’t want to throw $5K at it” Cambridge man Kim Dawick knows a thing or two about building drift trikes — he’s built nine of them and no two are exactly the same. His plan was the opposite of creating a production line — that would be too boring. He has tweaked the design from build to build, but not through any process of refinement. The changes were driven by the parts that he had on hand and wanting to make them look different. “It just encourages you to be a bit creative,” he says. “For me the most important thing was just to keep the cost down.” That’s something that many successful capitalists would agree with…

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trike grand prix a roaring and screaming success

The idea was simply to get a bunch of mates back together again and, after Kim had made a drift bike for mate Mike’s 40th birthday, they realized they had a winning formula. Mike said that if Kim would build another few trikes, he’d organize the event, and The Drift Extravaganza was born. Kim wound up building nine trikes, all different, reflecting the different personalities and motoring histories of their intended pilots. They had different frames, forks, engine layouts, and a mix of big four-stroke engines and a couple of tiny two-strokes. Kim was amazed that the event went as smoothly as it did, and with such close racing. “The two-strokes lacked power on the sharp corners, and there were a lot of corners, but they had great top-end power on the…

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when is a motorbike not a motorbike?

“It’s a twin-cylinder 180cc motor and it puts out about 9hp [6.7kW]. It’s a really interesting motor” This is one of the trickiest motorcycles you’ll see in these pages. It definitely looks like a motorbike and rides like a motorbike, but the trick is that it’s not made with a single motorcycle part. That’s the challenge Kim accepted when he set out to build it two years ago. He admits to spending a lot of time on internet forums and this annual competition offered the kind of challenge that fired up his engineering creativity. He’s already building a Harley-Davidson bobber, which he’s nearly finished, and while that kind of customization might satisfy some builders’ need for expression, Kim couldn’t resist the freedom of having just one rule: you can build anything you…

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problem solved

A Taranaki farm boy has come up with an invention that could save the geothermal and oil and gas industry millions of dollars — in his shed. Well, Mark Horwell is no longer a boy, though he was raised on a farm. In fact he has a degree in engineering, his shed has some high-tech equipment, and the concept and development of his invention have involved more than a dash of Kiwi ingenuity. Mark has come up with a device called a ‘Switchfloat’, which enables drillers to work on problems thousands of metres underground. The Switchfloat is basically a non-return valve that can be opened downhole to allow wireline tools to be conveyed down the well. Benefits The Switchfloat system provides drilling operations with float-valve functionality while also allowing the valves to be locked…

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the road to switchfloat

Mark (39) was raised on the family deer farm near Inglewood. He graduated as an engineer, with honours, from the University of Canterbury, and he has a few strings to his bow. He worked for Rolls-Royce in England 11 years ago in the field of aircraft-engine research and development. He developed methods to reduce residual stress in inertia-friction welding and filed three patent applications for the company. Following that he was a stuntman for a while. He did a stunt course in Australia and performed in a live show in Berlin, racing round on motorbikes in Mad Max fashion. He also did some pyrotechnic work, telling The Shed that the 10 years of explosive expertise has helped in the oil and gas industry. His property has a few bike jumps and an…