Ammo box bluetooth speaker

This project has been a long time coming. I started collecting the components for this in June 2019. Basically it’s an Australian 50 cal ammo box with speakers from some old panasonic surround sound speakers I have had in the shed for 5 years. It’s powered by a bluetooth amp module which is really loud. […]


We have been building this mud brick studio for over a year now. This weekends project was framing up some double glazed stain glass window panels and installing them. We used F17 hardwood for the frames and screwed them together with galvanised screws and then screwed them to the building framing with baton screws. Flashing […]

Pickled cucumbers

With the fabulous growing weather we are having here in Victoria – lots of rain and sunshine, there is an abundance of cucumbers. A few years ago I pickled some and they were very tasty so I decided to make some again. I couldn’t find the recipe I used last time so I used this […]

Fire pump trolley

With the bushfire season upon us, I needed a trolley to move the fire pump around on. It’s a heavy beast and along with the fire hose and inlet hose pretty awkward. The idea is that you wheel the pump near the swimming pool, throw the inlet into the pool and pump water from the […]

Make old window look new

Some smart person (sarcastic) painted all of the cedar windows in the house white. Fortunately it was not a good paint job. We wanted one to be clear timber so we attacked it with a scraper, paint stripper and sandpaper. It took ages, because we got disillusioned with it and it sat there for ages. […]

Canvas bag

I was travelling overseas and I had this idea of a messenger bag to carry around my water-bottle, snacks, scarf and gloves etc. Previously I had carried a backpack on such trips, however i had been made to put it in locker rooms and it got in the way on trains. The messenger bag would […]


I haven’t blogged for a while, which doesn’t mean nothing is happening. Woodwork projects have slowed down because a family member is restoring a furniture item that is taking up a lot of space in the workshop. I have confined myself to sharpening tools and even built a mallet out of redgum the other day. […]

Duckie Project

These are Duckchasers or Duckies, a canvas and timber folding kayak designed by Don Nicholson based on a US design from the 60s. Don changed the design to suit Australian materials and sizes. Mine still needs to be painted etc. One was made in 2014 and the other 2015