Friday, February 9, 2018

Here it is ...Our new Pride & Joy

After a couple of attempts for funding from the government grants via AMSA we finally cracked it & bought this new Deluxe Router Table.
 It will replace the old one we had & is much more upmarket & easier to use. 
The old router table was handed on to Mannering Park (Manno) Men's Shed who were very grateful for the donation as they didn't have one. We also supplied them with a Makita router to suit the table.
 A big thank you to the Federal Government (Health) for their continued support of Men's Sheds & to AMSA for passing on the   funding needed to purchase this machine.

Being the professionals we are at making beehives the word is out that we can make anything relating to beekeeping. 
In that light we were asked to tackle a Kenyan style beehive.
 It needed to be made from at least 25mm thick hardwood planks & a pitched roof for ventilation.. It also needed numerous horizontal slats for the bees to build the combs on.
After we sourced the timber the ever reliable Bryan Frendin & a couple of others got stuck into it. As can be seen in the photos there was quite a bit of work in it but on completion it was exactly what the client required. If it works successfully we're sure  others will want to follow suit.
Good Job Fellas

Monday, December 11, 2017

Eagles Plumbing has numerous stores scattered around the Coast & is one of the largest plumbing supply organizations in the area. They have in the past & continue to support Men's Sheds in their areas by raising much needed funds for us. As usual they held their  annual golf day for the tradies at Shelley Beach Golf Club. This year a was their best ever as the boys managed to raise a record $1100ea for Umina, Gosford, Erina & of course Bateau Bay. 

Well done guys & we assure you the support is very much  appreciated by all the Sheds  

Our President receiving a cheque from Josh (Manager Long Jetty)
Recently some of our members from the Photography arm of the shed decided to visit Barrington Tops to enhance their photographic skills.They chose an un-powered & un-serviced site to make camp.  Robert Corlet, Lyle Fry & Tony Newall were the only toughies game enough to take it on.
Below are some of the fantastic photos they managed to obtain from this beautiful undisturbed area.

Maybe a camp out in winter down the Snowy next fellas?? 

Looks like hard work to me

Friday, November 3, 2017

John Devenport loves to dismantle machinery & restore it. So when we received this donation of on old rusted Jointer he couldn’t wait to get his hands on it. It had been lying under a tree in the open for a very long time by the look of it. He completely stripped it down, removed all the rust, remounted another motor, made a brass  indicator plate & repainted it.

He did such a good job this one’s a keeper

Another strange request we received was a lady who wanted  a birth box made for her grandson.          Not knowing what this was we asked the question. Apparently it's a storage box for keepsakes in the child’s early years. It may contain the first tooth lost, first lock of hair, favourite toy etc.etc. She asked if we could make it in the shape of a treasure chest to the photos supplied. Mark Smith had just finished making a finger jointing jig so he volunteered to have a go to see how his invention worked. It was a tedious task but very pleasing to see how it turned out.

    Great job Mark.                
 We know who to nominate next time.
Showing finger joints to corners

Even felt lined

We have a couple of members who are also volunteers in the Blaze Aid organisation who help farmers & people in the outback, to overcome their losses in fires & floods etc. John Devenport is one of these guys. The last time he went bush he came across a lady in her nineties, who had lost everything in a fire. The only things she salvaged was her beloved bench seat frame & the frame of the table that goes with it. She has had these since she married way back when.  John being a soft-hearted guy loaded the frames onto his truck & brought them back to the shed. At his own expense he refurbished both the seat & table then delivered them back to her. Needless to say she was overjoyed to have such a spectacular job done on something she thought was gone forever.

Well done John.             That’s what it's about mate!

These 2 were only for decoration

John Devenport on the right with the Lady (centre) & Blaze Aid Volunteers