Issue Number 72

March 2004


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Child's Chair

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Elliptical Occasional Table

Screen to hide your bins

Removable extension for a sack truck

Build your own workbench

Bookshelf Television


Table of Contents

Renovation & Building

Save Energy, Save Money
Solar Power

by John Ross
Recent advances in technology have made solar power more affordable for remote location and grid feed systems.

Lighting Effects
With the latest downlights, uplights, wall washers, pond lights and path lights, you can decorate your home with light.

Paint It On!
Your choice of paint brush, roller, pad or spray is a critical factor in achieving a quality finish with minimum effort.

Stairs and More Stairs
Consider your options before choosing a ‘standard’ staircase. It could save you money or give you better value.

How to Lose Money Fast!
Find out your rights and obligations before you build or renovate, or face the risk of financial ruin.

Learning About Electricity Without Getting Bored — 37
Four basic rules that homeowners should adopt to make electricity safer and more useful.

Plumb Simple — 9
Backflow — what causes it and how to prevent it.



DIY with Bunnings Warehouse
Great Ideas to Conserve Water

ARI Plastank domestic rainwater tanks and the Waste Water Diverter Valve.

The Triton Workshop
Setting up the Compact Saw Table

by Ev Seymour
A metalworker finds success with a different approach.
Second International Triton Convention
Early details of the Convention to be held on 24-26 September 2004 in Canberra.

MitrePlan (Mitre 10)
Build Your Own Workbench

Make a sturdy timber workbench using basic tools and skills.

Tools & Tips
by Les Miller, Associate Editor
Planes and Planing Pt.3
Having covered bench planes and planing operations, Les looks at the many different types of hand planes, some of which still have their uses in the modern workshop.


User Report
Norton Rapid Mask Pro 2000 Masking Tape Applicator

by Shaun Bateman
The Pro 2000 is the fast and easy way to mask up a room or a whole house.

Child’s Chair
by Leigh Brown
This sturdy wooden chair is ideal for a child’s bedroom or rumpus room.

Solid Timber CD Rack
by Michael Green
Convert your large lumps of timber to attractive CD racks with this quick tablesaw project.

User Report
Mighty Plank and Redline Trestles

by Craig Tilley
A trip to Bunnings Warehouse can save you a lot of effort and backache when working at heights.

Elliptical Occasional Table
by David Haskett
This narrow oval top creates an attractive table for rooms where space is limited.

Serving a Knead
by Pat Crowe
Maintenance tips for breadmakers and other appliances.

A Screen to Hide Your Bins
by Craig Tilley
A simple Pine lattice project to solve a common problem.

Removable Extension for a Sack Truck
by Bert Toomey
This home-made modification increases the ability of sack trucks and removalist’s trolleys to handle bulk loads.

A Friction Stay Repair
by Bert Toomey
A rivet replacement can save the cost and trouble of finding a replacement window stay.

A Bookshelf Television
by Pat Crowe
This novel shelving solution created a place for the television.


Book Reviews
Installing & Finishing Flooring
by William P Spence
Stone House — A Guide to Self-Building with Slipforms
by Tomm Stanley
Making Garden Floors
by Paige Gilchrist
Soldering, Brazing & Welding
by Derek Pritchard