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Proper Job

Loves to learn new things and make stuff...properly. Born and living in the Thames Valley west of London, England. I have an office job during the day, but evenings and weekends are all about making.

spaceship
Hobbies

A beginners guide to kit bashing. If you want to build the Millennium Falcon you go and buy a millennium falcon kit. But what if you want to build a spaceship that only exists in your brain? What if you want to build something that would leave Han Solo in

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chitted potatoes
Gardening

In late winter while there might be snow still lying deep in the garden, it is time to start getting seed potatoes ready for planting. If you are new to growing tatties you might not be aware that you are about to lose the use of your windowsills for the

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Hobbies

You might have seen the Cricut Maker described as “the ultimate smart cutting machine” but what does it do? Prepare to be pretty impressed. The best short description I heard was “it’s like a laser printer except with knives”. Cricut Maker Review The unit itself comes out of the box

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HobbiesHome brewing

Crab apple trees are generally grown for their ornamental benefits. Big beautiful blossoms in spring and tiny apples from late summer onward. Most people take a bite from a crab apple once in their life and promptly consign the fruit to a category marked ‘inedible’. This is a shame, because

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Cavity Wall Ties
Building

They are cheap, and simple but they stop your house from falling down. Cavity walls were invented around 100 years ago. They provide an enormous advantage over solid walls in terms of thermal efficiency. Basically a house with cavity walls is warmer than a house with solid walls. However two

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Hobbies

There isn’t a rule that says British elite forces must wear any particular brand. However, since general army issue boots are made by U.K. based Alt-berg, it seems a simple job to stick with what you know. Alt-berg boots are built to last Anyone who has owned both Alt-berg boots

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HobbiesCycling

So, An electric bicycle. it isn’t proper cycling. I mean, you don’t get sweaty and exhausted fighting headwinds and hills on an electric bike. At the press of a button you are pulled along by a powerful but silent motor. On an electric bike you reach speeds you can only

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Forhoja
Hobbies

The Forhoja kitchen trolley is an impressive bit of kit. We bought one to act as a temporary kitchenette while the proper kitchen was getting a full renovation. Cost At £80 It represents good value. To buy the wood separately would cost almost the same. Tools required The Forhoja comes

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Etched brass crest
Hobbies

Chemically etching a design into Brass or Copper delivers sharp professional results even on the first attempt. The skills needed to etch brass are pretty basic, so if you want to create a great looking design that will quite literally last for centuries, etching metal is the way to do

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Gorilla two part metal epoxy
Hobbies

The best way to glue two small pieces of metal together is to melt them. However welding is hot and dangerous. The second best way to do it is to melt a third bit of metal and use that as the glue. But soldering requires a soldering iron. Although using

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