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CHEESE GUARDIAN By Bra­n­imir Misic

SINCE a cheese grater’s pur­pose is to end the ex­is­tence of a block of cheese, I imag­ined this re­pur­posed cheese grater to be, in its se­cond life, the op­po­site – a protector of cheese. To this end, I gave him a weapon – a tri­dent – to de­fend the cheese, and named him suit­ably as Cheese Guardian. His com­po­nent parts came from the usual an­tique mar­kets and hard­ware stores that I visit, and I tried to give him the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a sol­dier – stiff and dis­ci­plined, stand­ing guard, with weapon ready in hand.

SIZE: 25 x 13 cm (10 x 5 in) WEIGHT: 0.4 kg (14 oz)


1 me­tal mea­sur­ing cup 1 cheese grater 2 spoons 2 din­ner forks 1 salad-server fork 8 bolts 8 nuts 2 me­tal but­tons 12 tooth-lock wash­ers 1 plain washer


Drill, screw­driver, pli­ers


Once you have gath­ered to­gether your parts and tools, assem­bly of your Cheese Guardian should take around an hour. First, put to­gether the head by drilling two holes in the mea­sur­ing cup, about half­way down, and bolt­ing on the me­tal but­tons, af­fix­ing with nuts, bolts and tooth-lock wash­ers, to make the eyes.

Next, de­cide where you would like to po­si­tion the arms and legs on your guardian’s cheese-grater body. Drill holes ac­cord­ingly and use as many nuts, bolts

and wash­ers as you need to fix the fork arms and spoon legs to the back of the grater. Bend the spoons into feet and shape one of the forks into po­si­tion so it can grip a larger salad-server fork as a tri­dent. Bolt the fork hand to the tri­dent and let the end of the tri­dent rest on the floor – this will pro­vide a use­ful ad­di­tional point of sta­bil­ity for the piece.

Fi­nally, screw the head to the top front of the body with a fi­nal nut and bolt, and your guardian is ready to pro­tect you and your cheese!

ROCK­ING ROVER By Paul Loughridge

ROCK­ING Rover is my lit­tle K-9 buddy who was con­ceived and de­signed over the course of a few evenings. I al­ready had the 1973 plaid steel ther­mos, then de­cided to make a rock­ing puppy (as op­posed to rock­ing horse), and raided my col­lec­tion of un­wanted kitchen and leisure items to find the right pieces. His alu­minium salt-shaker head is a lit­tle heav­ier than his gar­lic-press tail, so he had to be in­ter­nally weighted to achieve the cor­rect stance. Who said you can’t teach a 1973 ther­mos dog new tricks?


46 x 26.5 cm (18 x 10½ in)


1.1 kg (2 lb 7 oz)


1 1973 steel ther­mos 4 bi­cy­cle coaster brake arms 1 alu­minium salt shaker, large 1 bi­cy­cle re­flec­tor bracket 2 pocket watch gears 1 auto re­pair me­ter knob 1 gar­lic press 1 kitchen mea­sur­ing spoon 1 den­tal im­pres­sion tray 1 re­tired wooden ten­nis racket 34 as­sorted wash­ers 19 as­sorted bolts and screws 19 as­sorted small nuts


Hacksaw, hand files, plane, tin snips, drill, ratchet wrench, socket wrench


Start by lay­ing out all of your found pieces in line with your doggy de­sign and cut them to the ap­pro­pri­ate shapes as nec­es­sary, fil­ing and plan­ing any sharp edges. For Rock­ing Rover, I trimmed his two rocker treads from an old ten­nis racket, snipped the han­dle off an old red salt shaker for his head, sawed a den­tal im­pres­sion tray in half for his flappy ears, trimmed a mea­sur­ing spoon for his tongue, and dis­man­tled a vin­tage steel ther­mos to use the shell for his body.

First, se­curely mount four match­ing bi­cy­cle coaster brake arms to the ther­mos to make his legs by drilling two holes each side of the ther­mos and fixing the brake arms with wash­ers, nuts and bolts of suit­able sizes. Be­cause the ther­mos shell is hol­low, you are able to hide most of the nuts and wash­ers on the in­side, mak­ing for a cleaner and less clut­tered fi­nal piece.

Next, fix the ten­nis racket rock­ers to the bot­tom of the legs with some fur­ther drilling and bolt­ing to­gether. To com­plete the body, take the bowl half of the gar­lic press and bolt to the bot­tom end of the ther­mos to make Rover’s perky tail.

For the puppy’s head, at­tach the two pocket watch gears for eyes, the two halves of the den­tal im­pres­sion tray for char­ac­ter­ful flappy ears, the spoon for his tongue and the auto re­pair me­ter knob for his shiny black nose, drilling the nec­es­sary holes and screw­ing ev­ery­thing se­curely in place. Fi­nally, use the bi­cy­cle re­flec­tor arm as a neck to join the head to the body, and Rock­ing Rover is fully house­bro­ken and ready to go!

The Cheese Guardian, left, and as­sem­blage, above As­sem­bled is styled by Aliki Kir­mitsi

Pho­to­graph: Ania Wawrzkow­icz

Pho­to­graphs: Brent Darby

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