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.
The ﬁrst water ram was patented in 1772 by Englishman John Whitehurst. Designs have evolved since then and continue to do so particularly in Holland where, in the 1990s, one university was building 20 water rams a year for third-world projects.
There are times when you need DC (Direct Current) voltage for some project or other; it is mostly small applications—has to change the 230v AC mains into something else first, normally a low-voltage DC.
Over the last couple of decades I have made my share of braziers, ﬁre pits, and pizza ovens out of anything from old truck rims to LPG cylinders. But my hands-down favourite for source material for ﬁre containers is CNG cylinders.
Making a violin is a complex job involving around 40 pieces of wood of various types and sizes and plenty of patient, skilled woodworking. In Part One we chose the best maple for the back and spruce for the belly, shaped these plates and created the rib structure. Now it’s time to ﬁnish the construction.
When I decided to make a violin to take to a conference in America, I chose a beautiful example by Guarneri “del Gesu”—the “King” violin made in 1735—as a model. Given the signiﬁcance of the violins by the great makers, there is a respected tradition of making copies or instruments modelled on their work. I was quite happy for The Shed magazine to follow its progress but as there are books written in great detail about violin-making, this magazine article can only be a summary of what I did and some of the problems I encountered.
The answer came like a light bulb. In fact, it was a light bulb – one that ﬁts snugly under the top of the drill press and shines on the complete work area below, with little or no chance of casting unwanted shadows. It’s easy to make, as you can see from the step-by-step pictures.
Good news, the Auckland Blade show is back on again this spring. Same location, 545 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland and this year it's on the weekend on 12 & 13 October. See their poster for more info. The Shed will see you there.
Got some tiling to do? Need some best practice tips? Well here are three videos from Selleys with advice on fixing tiles to a surface, grouting and finally sealing the tiles. Its all done using Selleys products so you can be sure of a great result. Enjoy.