The Shed July/August 2019, Issue no 85, on sale now

Always wanted your own knife-makers forge? Well in the July/August Issue 85 of The Shed we show you how to make two differing styles, one using LPG power and one using used engine oil to create the heat. What a great way to dispose of old oil and both give great results without incurring huge build costs.
Then we get travelling, first stop Whanganui, where sheddie Alby Redmond taught himself wood turning six years ago and went on to master the meticulous craft of segmented turning. Then we head to the USA to meet the Miller family who use technology to regain exercise and fun when Sean and the children build a all-electric three-wheeled trike for mum.
Ritchie Wilson heads to Kaiapoi to immersive himself into all there is to know about making twist drills from a Kiwi business that’s been doing just that since 1962  (Patience and Nicholson) before Murray Grimswood give us all the current low-down on installing solar power in your home.
Greg Holster is back in The Shed after a five-year gap with Part One of his fantastic seven-part series on How to weld. This first installment is learning the skills of ARC welding. Our BBC:micro bit experiment this issue, Enrico Miglino is creating a software-controlled drawing machine in the spirit of the 1960s Spirograph toy.
With winter well and truly here, there’s a bit of a power theme running through this Issue 85 and we look at what you can do with free-standing generators when the power goes down - which it quite often does in our storm-filled winters. Mark Beckett reviews some generators and discusses what you can do to hook them up to your home to get you through.
Off the grid this month looks at how Murray Grimwood heats his house using solar heat which gives his home a thermo-syphoning heating supply and Enrico Miglino explains the many reasons to be very careful when choosing software for your home laser.
Avid Shed Magazine fan, Emil Nye, shares his top 20 favourite tools of all time from his home workshop before we head to Taranaki to a retirement home that has created a great working shed for its residents. Coen Smit is back this issue showing us how to make a great family heirlooms with some wooden chests and boxes and Jude closes off this issue by extolling the virtues of sharp knives.

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