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Saturday, May 3, 2008

A Dalek at the bottom of the garden



I emptied out one of our compost bins, and at the same time took delivery of a couple of old leaking water butts which I cut the bottoms off to use as compost bins. The bottom of the water butt and the LinPac composter just seemed to suggest one shape to me .. a DIY Dalek !

The eye is one of those old adjustable legs from a fitted kitchen cabinet carcass with a CD stuck on the end . Two brass cup hooks support the limbs - in this case a plastic compost 'spike' (Found in France - a handy device to push in and aerate the compost) and a tool for clearing a shredder, but any garden tools could do.

Shame no body makes an Official BBC Dr Who Dalek shaped garden compost bin


It's for the kids you understand .....

Update September 2009

this one constructed in the same way, except the waist section is an old washing machine drum, which I use as an occasional incinerator/ tree stump burner.

The original has moved and now has a motorcycle tyre adding some stability to it's head, and also denoting rank. Its also has the bottom covered with chicken wire to prevent rodent intrusion, assuming they were brave enough

3 comments:

Compostwoman said...

Absolutely fan tastic...I have often thought the same about a Dr Who "official" compost bin...now that WOULD sell I bet..

:-)

Mr Ives said...

Thanks Compostwoman I agree, but clearly the BBC and the compost bin industry have yet to come to an agreement. I *think* the Dalek is copyrighted to Terry Nations, the orginal writer/creator of the Daleks.

have added a few more to the site

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Very great design!

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