Sunday, 25 April 2010

Hidden Secrets part two

I’ve had a lot of messages on forums and via Facebook asking me about the stand seen in the pervious post ‘Hidden Secrets’, several have asked where it was purchased and others have asked how it’s made.

The stand was made by me about 4 years ago, it was my first attempt and I’m still amazed at the way it has stood up to being transported, put together and then dismantled, I’ve been doing up to 60 events a year for the last two years, and at a rough guess I would say that this display has attended 250 events.

The stand was designed to knock down flat for transport, and needed to be easy to re-assemble each time it was needed, Initially it would have to be said that I over engineered the design, and maybe that’s why it’s lasted, but some of the initial features, such as using wing nuts to hold the cross braces in place, are now no longer used, I just slide the braces onto the bolts, and don’t bother putting the wing nuts on.

In this first photo, you can see the stall ready for transport, it’s simply 8 components; 3 shelves, 3 cross braces, and two side panels.

In photo 2, we have a view of one of the side panels:

You can see the bolt positions onto which the side braces fit, these bolts are epoxyied in to place allowing me to put the unit together on my own.

In the top part of the photo you can see the dowel pegs that slot into the shelves, helping to add stability to the unit.

Below is a more details shot of the dowel pegs

The first step in putting the unit together is to get the cross braces into place, each end of the cross brace is marked, with a corresponding mark on the frame

The next stage, once the cross braces are in place, is to fit the shelves, these just slot onto the dowel pegs (each shelf has the dowel pegs in slightly different places, giving an added benefit of increased stability), as can be seen from the photo below, the back of the shelf has a raised rigid back brace fitted, this allows for a thinner thickness of board to be used to make the self (the back brace also stops the shelf sagging in the middle, and forms a slight joint with the side frame). At the front of the self you can see a raised section again, this time much smaller; this addition prevents items slipping from the front of the shelf.

Once constructed, the naked frame can then covered with a cloth.

Some things you may have noticed, on the bottom rear cross brace, the are cup hooks at either end, this is where I hang bags that I use to put multiple purchases in, although sometimes they can end up inside the cubby the frame creates. The black PVC fabric on the side panels are their to stop people seeing in the side, and to keep wind and water out.

Please note, I have not included the plans for making this stand, for one simple reason, I do make them to order, and each one is custom designed to the requirements that it will be used for. If your interested in having one made, please leave a comment or message me at

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Understanding twitter (info)

Now a great many people use twitter to promote their shops.

I beleive that everyone understand the concept of followers, and the more you have, the more people will read what you tweet?

I'm sure that many of you understand that messages can be re-tweeted.

How many understand the RSS button? the RSS but apears on all sorts of places, like at the top of forum threads, but with twitter it can sever a second purpose.

Did you know that instead of just having the people who 'follow' seeing what you tweet. people who click on the RSS feed button can as well.

Also remember that once you click on the tweet button, you can't delete or edit what you have said. anyone could be watching.

Even if you try and keep seperate accounts, one for your private tweets and one for your shop.

Once something is posted out into the WWW, it's there forever.

Anyone could be watching your tweets. Even Me (but then i'm Illiterate so i can't read?)

Ooopps is posting info 'throwing my weight around'

Thursday, 8 April 2010

New issue of UK Handmade

The Latest issue of UK handmade magazine is out (it's been out over a week, but with Half term, I've been a bit bogged down).

This Issue also contain my blog post on Insurance.

Another great issue