Monthly Archives: August 2016

Star FM Wagga with Whitto and Ash

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It’s been a busy couple of days with radio interviews for The Block. Kicking off last night with The Block on Channel 9, I chat with Whitto and Ash about Art deco and the building – one of my favourite buildings that we have done. Being that this building is heritage listed, we have kept the facade, restored it and inside we have stripped off the doors etc making it more modernised.

Have a listen to my convo with Whitto and Ash as we talk about the contestants on the show and what to expect in the new season of The Block.


Triple M Hot Breakfast with Eddie McGuire

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I chatted with the boys from Triple M’s Hot Breakfast with Eddie McGuire about The Block. I know I say it every year but it’s definitely the biggest one ever for The Block.

I also chat about my latest competition Scotty Cam’s Best Aussie Sheds. As you know, I love my sheds and my new book will feature the top twenty sheds with the overall winner getting a whole heap of prizes.

There is nothing more iconic than a shed!

Take a listen to the convo starting at 13:30


Avocado Tree Table


For my first interest story I came up with an idea of incorporating my beautiful avocado tree to come out of the deck at my home. My avocado tree created the best natural umbrella for the deck so we decided it was the perfect place for outdoor dining.

With this idea, I started to get to work. Using some recycled oregan for the base and FC sheeting for the top, I made the base down in the workshop and then reassembled it around the tree.

The base was made to suit the FC sheet 2400 x 1200 x 25 thick. It’s a very simple construction of a perimeter beam mitred at the corners and galvanized bolts to the legs.

I painted the base with an intergrain product, Dimensions 4 Primer the DWD top coat. This product is terrific for external timber protection (see Mudgee – Follow The Build Part 8). The FC sheet was cut in half and then the opening for the trunk was cut in because of the weight of the FC sheet. Once done, I sat it on top of the base unfastened.


The end result above. We have had many a great family dinner and lunch under the shade of the old avocado tree.

Well that’s it for the moment folks. Keep following my Interest Stories and let me know your thoughts via my Scotty Cam Facebook Page. 

Won’t be long till the next Interest Story where I explore another idea that you can use.

Until then…


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Mudgee – Follow the Build Part 8


Here is another update on my project – Follow the Build Part 8.  

You would have read in my last post Follow the Build Part 7 where I was working on the kitchen and laundry frame. I’ve already got the structural post and beams up with my ironbark and now it’s time to pitch the roof.


I’m using recycled oregan beams. There will be a double rafter over the posts to fill out the look and singles everywhere else.


You will see that I’ve pre-painted the rafters using Intergrain DWD. I love this product! It really brings out the natural look of the timber as you can see in the picture. The sun is just gleaming on those timber posts.


Finally, strutting the ridge beam are ironbark fence posts also painted with DWD. Don’t they look terrific! It was a big job indeed but what a result.

Well that’s it, for the moment folks. Keep following the build and let me know your thoughts via my Scotty Cam Facebook Page.

Won’t be long till the next update so stay tuned for part 9 coming very soon…


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Fitzy and Wippa take over The Block


It’s always fun chatting with the boys Fitzy and Wippa about The Block (which is scheduled in a few weeks time) and talking about the building this year, which sees the contestants working on an old art deco building – the old soap factory built in 1910 with high ceilings and revolving doors.

I also chatted to the boys about my latest competition Best Aussie Sheds and how you can enter your shed, win a stack of prizes and feature in my new book.

It was during our chat that I brought up the idea to have the boys Fitzy and Wippa take over Keith’s role for half a day at The Block. Shirts with foreman Fitzy and foreman Wippa?

Listen to the chat to find out their reaction…