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My new mug…

Says it all, really…!

My new mug!

My new mug!

 

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Shed Mug!

I have recently found the most amazing skip near me – seriously, it’s the mother lode of skips!!

I can’t begin to tell you what I have got out of there (I can only assume a very rich person is going through a divorce, eviction or the decluttering of all time?) but here is the simplest thing so far to emerge…. a pristine condition insulated mug, perfect for the garden or shed. I always find my ‘hot beverage’ of choice goes cold when I am in The Shed or the great outdoors so this has proved to be perfect (and yes, I thoroughly cleaned / disinfected it before use!):

shed mug

shed mug

It’s not one of those annoying ‘travel mugs’ with the tricky lids either, just a good old fashioned made-for-purpose, good sized and sturdily made, drinking vessel!

Stay tuned for other finds from this cornucopia of the skip world…

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CD player for The Shed!

Walking past a local skip the other day I found this old CD player… (minus the power supply!)

Skip find CD-player

Skip find CD-player

Taking it home, I managed to hot wire it (via an old connector from the bits box) up to an old modem power supply that I’d kept for no good reason, but which seemed to have about the right voltage output. I gave the whole thing a bit of a clean and blow me down if it doesn’t work perfectly!!

It will make a fantastic addition to the shed – I already have a headphone connection lead that allows me to play my iPod through the old stereo system I’ve got installed in there, and this works fine with the CD player too!! (roll ol the next Shed Night where I shall try it out properly with some ‘sounds’!!)

I love being a scavenger…

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Well, the votes are now in for Shed of the Year competition 2011 and, once again, I have not won. . .

Strangely however, I did come fifth in my category (Workshop shed) which is exactly the same place I came when I took part in the competition a couple of years ago!? Curiouser and curiouser!

Fifth again!

Fifth again!

A full list of the category winners and the runners-up can be seen here >>

Hey Ho, it’s not the winning but the taking part that matters!? (yeah, right!)…  Looking at who won my category however (the fantastic Songs From the Shed organisation) I guess I don’t feel too badly – its one of my favourite sites and I could never hope to compete with their readership (yet!)

Many thanks indeed to all of you out there who either voted for me or posted kind comments. Looks like I wont be having that winner’s party after all, but hopefully I’ll still be having lots of fun in The Shed for some time to come. . .

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Here’s a simple little project I’ve just completed, yet one which gave me enormous satisfaction!

The item below is a ‘dipper’ – it was originally my Great Aunt’s, and for decades she used it to scoop water out of her garden water butt. Over time it has passed to my mum, who uses it for exactly the same purpose with her water butt situated behind the shed!

The original dipper

The original dipper

Time has taken its toll on the poor old dipper however – the galvanised body is still ok but the wooden handle has badly rotted away. Not only has it split (hence the masking tape attempting to hold it together) but in particular the hole up the middle has become so enlarged that the tang of the dipper is no longer gripped at all – the handle simply rotates making it practically impossible to use.

Knackered!

It's knackered!

The tang is a rather strange shape / profile unfortunately, and I couldn’t think how to fashion a wooden handle that would either stand up to the constant immersion in water, or which would allow me to make the proper shaped hole to fit the tang.

Handle hole and tang

Handle hole and tang

What I thought would solve the problem however would be to fashion a new handle from a length of 22mm copper pipe (it wouldn’t rot and I think would complement the look of the galvanised metal nicely – you all know how I love a nice bit of copper. . .), and I could fix this in place by filling the length of the pipe with a hard setting concrete mix which would simply mould itself around the tang.

So, haing found a scrap length of copper pipe of about the right length, I slightly flattened it in a vice to create an oval rather than round section – make n it nicer to hold than in the round.

I completely closed one end of the tube by flattening it and filing into a nice shape – I also drilled a hole through it to all ow the dipper to be hung out of the wy when not in use

Having filled the hande with concrete through the still open end, I then crimped this down onto the body of the dipper for a bit of added strength / adhesion. You can just see a bit of the still-wet concrete that has oozed out from the crimping in the photo below:

Close up of the crimping

Close up of the crimping

Once all dry, the thing seems to work great – it looks just ‘right’ and hopefully with last another few generations before further repairs are needed?

Finished!

Finished!

Here it is hanging up in pride of place behind the shed:

hanging up behind the shed!

hanging up behind the shed!

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So, with just over one week to go before public voting ends, I am getting nervous re my entry to Shed of The Year competition (voting ends Noon Sunday 5th June!)

A million thanks to all those who have voted or left kind comments – to those yet to do either, get on!!!

I unfortunately had to delete my Facebook account during the process (due to some really annoying hacking, resulting in the sending of spurious messages from my account) so that route of promotion is now dead to me… if anyone wants forward the link to my shed and get their friends, family, pets or even complete strangers, that would be fabulous!!!

Here’s the link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=2316

Have lots of interesting posts to come (The Cakes, steampunk, design things etc) but wanted to get this Shed malarkey out-of-the-way first!

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Clivey's Shed 2.0

Clivey's Shed 2.0

Public voting has now opened for the much-coveted shed of the year competition!!  See below for a comment from the Organiser:

Voting is now open for Shed of the year 2011 – Could your Shed win £1000 & some great products from Cuprinol and the title that all sheddies want

Your friends and family now have until Noon Sunday 5th June to Vote for your Shed in this year competition.

You can use this Shortcut URL  to promote your shed: http://sheds.ws/jYHizg

Or the Full URL is: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=2316

Please promote it on Your website/blog on Facebook/Twitter or any other social network you are a member of..

The shed in each category that has the most votes will then go through to the juding panel and one will be crowned Shed of the year 2011 Which will be announced during Shed Week from the 4th July 2011

I’d love it if anyone out there would add a vote or a comment  – let battle commence!!

(the voting process is very simple. . . (see the photo below – as always, click it to enlarge it): visit the site, scroll down to below the pictures and you will see a ‘vote for this shed’ button. Click it and I am one step nearer…!)

How to Vote for My Shed

How to Vote for My Shed

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