VW Shuttle Rear Heater Conversion

I have modified the rear HVAC unit in my Shuttle to accept standard Hot Air ducting. I removed the plastic panels to replace them with plywood and therefore lost the use of the vents. I wanted to reinstate this functionality and give myself the option of positioning the outlets in a more convenient location. I…

Day Van Furniture

I want my van to be flexible. It needs to work as a Day Van for trips out with bikes and muddy shoes or to travel to see friends and family, yet remain usable as a basic van. That’s a lot to ask from a Long Wheel Base VW Transporter, but I think it’s doable. Key to making this all work is a system of removable pods and a bed of some kind. The bed, by its very nature, is the biggest element of the setup so it made sense to start there and then make everything else fit around it.

Van Tatts

With the help of my fantastically talented friend Mish, I have customised the tailgate on my VW T6. I saw her work on large format murals and messaged her to see if she wanted to be literally let loose on my van with a sharpie. We set a date and exchanged some ideas via Pinterest…

Campervan Blind

I wanted the neat look of a recessed blind in my LWB VW T6 Shuttle, but without the price tag of a pre-built unit. As I was going to carpet and ply line my van walls anyway it was quite straightforward to add this functionality. The fun part was designing and 3D printing a new mount for the Ikea Blind I chose and making a new pull from leather to allow easier opening and closing of the blind.

Leather Patch

I wanted a way of identifying my ski boot bag in case of loss and to differentiate it from anyone else who may have the same one. I could have put a traditional luggage tag on, but I’m a maker after all and I wanted it to look cool and not dangle from the bag…

Custom Lid

  I needed to modify the lid on a bottle to allow a funnel to fit in to it. The metal, once cut, left a dangerous jagged edge, so I wanted to protect against injury and make the whole thing look as neat and professional as possible. I designed the part in Tinkercad and printed…

Office Design

When I was appointed the Deputy Manager of an IT Department serving a Secondary School, Sixth Form College and 2 Primary Schools, the department was set to grow from 2 people to 6 and so a new office was required to accommodate us all. The school building was originally constructed as a Benedictine Convent and…

Wedding Outfit

I couldn’t quite find the perfect outfit for my wedding day.. so as usual when that happens I made one! Consisting of a steampunk inspired double-breasted waistcoat with stand up collar, a Victorian era shirt with removable collar and a custom cravat. I submitted the cravat to an instructables competition for which I won a…

80’s Cocktail Dress

Having been invited to an 80s fancy dress party and unable to find a suitable outfit… the only option was to buy an original pattern and make a dress. It had to be in pink taffeta obviously and being able to customise it to turn one of the dress options in to a bolero with…

Woodburning Stove

My family and I love being outdoors, but living in the UK it’s often cold and so would invariably find ourselves around some kind of fire pit or the like. Fire-pits are messy, cumbersome and lead to a face full of smoke for one or all of the people trying to keep warm! On one…

Becky Thornton