Review: Traxxas 1/16 Slash

It’s been 30 years since I last owned a radio-controlled car, but now that the kids are old enough, I decided to buy one once again. While doing some research I quickly decided to buy a decent hobby-quality car (with good spare part availability) instead of a toy-grade car. My […]

Toby’s Garage: one-year update

It’s a year since we have received the key to our new house and hence the garage. This is what it looked like back then. For several months during the renovation of the house, the garage served as storage. Then after we moved it, I could start clearing it out […]

Building a Systainer cart

As my workshop is also a garage, I need to be able to easily move stuff around to make room for a car. Hence I wanted to put my Makpaks/Systainers on a cart/trolley. I stumbled upon this article, which provided the motivation to build my own – with the difference […]

Adjusting the Metabo KS 216 M Lasercut mitre saw

My cheap Metabo mitre saw works fine, but I realized that the cuts that it made weren’t perfectly perpendicular. This was especially noticeable on mitre cuts. Luckily, despite the manual not mentioning it, it is possible to adjust the saw. There are two end stop screws, one on each side. […]

Choosing a trolley jack

Many jobs on a car require taking off wheels or getting under the car. Hence, having some way of getting the car up into the air is important in a workshop. Those with the space and funds might go for a lift/hoist, but for most of us, this will remain […]

Changing wheels

If you live in a climate that sees snow in the winter, chances are you want both summer and winter tires for your car (though all-season tires are much better now and less of a compromise than they used to be). Ideally these would come on different sets of wheels. […]

Building a bedside table

My eight-year-old daughter requested a beside table for her room. After measuring the available room, we arrived at a width and depth of 30cm and a height of 42cm. We used 18mm thick plywood from which we cur four panels: Two of 40x30cm (the sides) One of 30x30cm (the top) […]

E39 sunscreen repair

My 530i is equipped with roll-up sunscreens, consisting of an electric sunscreen for the rear window and manual sunscreens for the rear door windows. These consist of two parts, a vertically moving part for the main window and a horizontally moving part for the small triangular window. The latter wouldn’t […]