The Shed 93, November — December 2020

We showcase the metal-shaping and coachbuilding skills of Rod Tempero Motor Body Builder Ltd from Oamaru in The Shed Issue No. 93. The company’s world-famous and internationally sought-after car-building talents make it one of this country’s finest coachbuilders. We head to the mainland to meet Rod and his team and do our best to dig out as many metal-shaping and car-building secrets as we can.
The members of the Halswell Menzshed in Christchurch have been busy again on another great community project. In this issue Nigel Young details the modifying of an old caravan into a mobile bicycle-restoration business. This community project helps local youth learn some repair skills while providing a useful community service and a steady income.

Committed and talented sheddie Rod Kane is back this issue, sharing a project he can now tick off his bucket list: building a huge scale model of a World War II Lancaster bomber. Rod details this plane’s build and shares with us some other model aircraft that he has recently built.

Now, this article on radial engines written by Geoff Lewis will truly amaze. Meet Russell Sutton of Pirongia, who builds these 14- and nine-cylinder engines from scratch! The size of these engines and the build skills involved will put you in awe of Russell’s talent.

Roger Curl joins our talented team of contributors and details building a space-saving foldable sawhorse, and in this issue’s Brewer’s Scoop, we start planning for summer entertaining — cheers!

Enrico Miglino continues explaining to us how to upcycle vintage tech in part two of his Magic Radio series, with a classic Bush transistor radio going all digital in the 21st century.

Ritchie Wilson meets fellow Cantabrian Yağmur Habora, who has a real talent for working with leather. Yağmur shares leather working tricks with us and shows us how to make your own leather knife sheath.

In his Off the Grid column this issue, Murray Grimwood shares with us one of his favourite sheddie places, W Rietveld Ltd recycling yard in Dunedin. This business is a real treasure trove where you can buy anything from a tank engine to a power-station transformer or bags of nuts and bolts by the kilo.

We commence our nine-part series on How to Operate a Lathe by our resident engineer Bob Hulme, and Enrico Miglino continues with advice on turning your home into a smart one. In this issue, he commences smartening up the kitchen.
Coen Smit shows us how sometimes you just have to adapt your own tools to get the right tool for the job, and Claire Ashton visits the Te Aroha workshop of metal artist Adrian Worlsley.

Our book review this issue is the self-published Turning Your Life Around: The Meditative Beauty of Woodturning, by Ron Murray, and as usual Jude Woodside closes off the magazine with his Back o’ The Shed column. In this issue he has found something from Russia to love, a mighty Stankoimport 1A616 lathe.

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