Remove Before Flight

This is what a $1/4 million dollar, jet-engine powered motorcycle capable of doing in excess of 400km/hr (guaranteed at time of purchase) looks like.

One of only about 20 in the world, and the only one in Australia afaik.

ManSpace comes to the Idiot Box!

It seems like a very long time ago, but I can finally let you know a secret.

ManSpace Magazine is going to launch itself onto your TV set on May 12! I was at the filming of the first episode late last year, and it looks like it will be a pretty cool show, an extension of the magazine, and vice versa.

It will be a 10 episode first series, I think each episode is to be 30 minutes long, and will air on GO! (Channel 9′s extra digital channel).


Given Stu’s Shed’s connection to the magazine (I’ve been writing about tools and woodworking for them since the very first edition), I wonder if ‘The Shed’ will ever get to make an appearance?

All in all, a pretty awesome development for ManSpace Magazine! Very exciting :) Oh, and it will be good to see some shed-related content on the box again, and not just some reality show or other.

31 Jan

FWIW, Jan 2014 was the most popular month on Stu’s Shed of all time (which means “for the past 6 1/2 years”)

In addition to the 1800 direct subscribers (who received each of the daily posts directly to their inbox, RSS reader, Facebook etc), the site received a record 46884 visits – an average of 1512 a day.  Friday Jan 3 received 3553 visits alone!

Pretty cool!

Ending the year

Been having a look at the stats for the end of year – not too shabby.

This December has been the highest rated month since the blog began, with over 38000 hits (directly, not counting social media/email adding another 20000 (min)).  That also makes it the month with the highest average number of hits per day (1235).

2013 happens to also have the highest daily average over the entire year (1002), and therefore the highest total number of hits: 366027 (plus social media).

Glad everyone is enjoying the place!

Record Number of Visits!

StatsI did know people (other than me) were interested in the shed build, but I had no idea how that would reflect on site traffic.  About a month ago, the website set a new record of 2003 views at the time the slab was being poured (which was impressive seeing as the previous record day was set in 2009 and since then the rise and rise of social media meant more people were viewing the site through other means (Facebook, Twitter, direct email etc)).

As you can see from the stats page above, today we SMASHED that record, with a new one of 3721.  In a single day.  And even then, there are more visits than reflected here.

It dwarfs the previous record, almost doubling it!  The views in Australia alone smashed the previous (worldwide) record.

It is still a shame that we will loose a lot of this momentum with the shed build shutting down for 2 weeks for the Xmas break – I was really trying to get the build happening earlier.Them’s the breaks.

That will be a hard record to ever beat.  I am still stunned by these numbers. WOW!


The stats have become very skewed in the past few years due to the rise and rise of social media, and the many ways people now get access to the information provided on Stu’s Shed, so the actual exposure is at least 50% higher than the on-site stats suggest.

Even so, of those directly visiting Stu’s Shed, we have just passed the magic 2 million mark.

2 000 000!

That is pretty cool!

1000 a day directly (and another 1600 odd through various feeds – RSS, email, Facebook, Twitter)


(Yes, the best ever day, just a couple of weeks ago had over 2000 direct views, a new record for Stu’s Shed)

FirefoxScreenSnapz004Onward and upward!

Video Progress

If you have been wondering what I’ve been up to the last few days for the site, I have been working hard in the background getting the videos transferred to their new home.

Just did a quick count, and of the 161 or so videos to date, I am around the 1/2 way mark.  Thought I would have been closer to finishing than that – been at it for days!

All the videos are indexed off the one page currently, which despite the small image size, does make it a bit long to load.  I will be looking at how I’ll break it into sections, and/or divide it up into groups to make it more user-friendly.

Quite a library, which is going to expand quickly when the shed construction starts, and the SawStop is put through its paces to name a couple of projects!

Speaking of the shed, it is meant to be arriving tomorrow……..

Shed.TV cleanup

There may not have been too much activity appearing at the front end recently, but behind the scenes I have been working on a revamp of Shed.TV, given the change in hosting that is necessary, and the number of videos that have been missed from inclusion in the listings.

Last night I found over 20 videos that needed to be added, and that was just from the last 12 months! (sample screenshot below only!)

Screen Shot 2013-11-14 at 10.45.58 pm


It will take a bit of time, but the whole section will continue to get a make-over.

Report and Consent

It has taken me AGES to piece together enough time to finish the first portion of the permit for the new shed.

Not only drawing up the various plans, but also gathering together the other documents for a complete submission.  Even so, I am not sure if they won’t ask for more!

The first stage of the permit process in my case, is to apply for a Report and Consent, as the shed is going to be closer than 1m to a side boundary.  So tomorrow morning, I will rock up to the City Council, and hope when they see the application there isn’t some glaring omission.

If all goes to plan, that will take up to 3 weeks (15 working days) to be processed.  From there, the process starts again in applying for a building permit.  At least a lot of what is required for the building permit is also in the Report and Consent, so attaching that will take care of the bulk of the requirements.

I’ve been to the council a couple of times already to talk through the process, show preliminary plans etc, gotten the application forms.  I’ve downloaded the plan of subdivision, and gotten some good property boundary plans from the LANDATA database, from which I have drawn up both the plans for the property, but also surrounding properties.  I’ve had to make measurements and draw on these the various buildings.

So the plans that are being submitted look like this:


drawing3There is also a 2 page letter, summarising the plan and covering off the points where I am taking into account the Minister for Planning’s guidelines, the Council General Siting Requirements, and the area’s Character Statement.

If I haven’t dotted all the T’s and crossed all the I’s, I am not sure what else I need to do!

Wish me luck ;)

SSYTC051 & 52 More GoPro Trials

The first video is using the fly-jig, with an additional wire now (as pictured recently) for additional stability.  The second wire will also allow panning effects, by offsetting the attachment points in relation to the main line.  There is still some shake that I haven’t been able to solve – wind is the primary culprit, so this jig is probably more of an interior-only variety.  There will still be more I can do to stabilise it – I’ll just have to think what that is!  Raising the camera so it is directly opposite the line, rather than below it will help a little.  Having some damper system on the line(s) to minimise vibration transmission is probably the next target.  Further slowing the period of oscillation of the jig (in the same way as a pendulum is controlled, or a spring-system) will also help.  Further increasing line tension would help too, but that will require some modification to the jig itself to cope with the increased rigidity that the tension would cause. (BTW, the timelapse is over approximately 20 minutes, not that there is much to watch – a few clouds and growing grass!)

SSYTC052 More GoPro Trials

The second jig is a skate jig.  It uses the same type of motor (30 RPM at 12V) driving directly on one of the wheels.  The camera was used to get the shot, so was notably absent, but is fixed via a tripod screw through the hole that can be seen near the battery.  This jig is either used to run on a smooth surface or track.  It will be interesting to see how easy it is to create a track that it can follow. Vibration is much less of a problem, but getting overhead shots is its limitation.

SSYTC051 More GoPro Trials

There are commercial solutions, but they often can operate over 1m or so, and/or are prohibitively expensive. Cheaper (non motorised) ones are out there – will keep searching for better options.


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