Perfect Pete

Visitor to the shed Pete has been working with shed member Peter to make the wooden box shown below. The box will store Pete’s pens and pencils, with a divider to keep them separate.

The slotted sliding top was a particular challenge as the shed router was out of operation–but Pete and Peter rose to the challenge. If you look closely at the writing that Pete inscribed on the top, it says “Perfect Pete”. Good job Pete and Peter.

Samaritans visits and BBQ

The Entrance Men’s Shed has been paying host to a group of men from The Samaritans organisation. Each visitor has been working on an individual project, including designing the project and purchasing the materials from Bunnings.

With the assistance of Shed members these individual projects are nearing completion. The projects include: a bird cage, a watch box, a wooden box with lid, a CD rack, a chopping board and a pen and pencil box.

The Samaritans group also kindly put on a BBQ for shed members to say thank you for the assistance with their projects. The BBQ was enjoyed by all and we hosted visitors from as far as San Remo on the Central Coast and Tamworth in regional NSW.

Sofa deconstruction time

During the Official Opening of The Entrance Men’s Shed, the well-loved sofa was relegated to the rear of the shed building.

Sitting out there it was overlooked for some time and weather affected. When shed members Chris and Alby learned about the sofa they undertook a session of sofa deconstruction. The sofa was deconstructed in no time and the parts taken for recycling.

Community Centre door wedges

Doors at The Entrance Community Centre have a habit of slamming shut in a strong wind. Shed member Andrew decided door wedges were in order and shed member Bob sprang into action, creating a dozen wooden wedges for the errant doors.

Bob says when the shed is a little more developed we will produce something a little more refined, but for now they’re functional and quickly done.

A place for everything…

A well organized shed is a safer and happier place for shed members.

With this in mind a group of shed members have been constructing back-wall storage for timber boards. This timber is now safely off the floor and easily accessible. Thanks to shed members who worked on this, especially Andrew and Ian.

Inspired by this storage system, shed member Chris has been hard at work setting up tool storage on the back wall in a pleasing symmetrical arrangement. To complement both projects, other shed members have been building shelves in the lathe area, to be known from now an as “Woodturner’s Haven”.

Chris: tribute to a mate

Shed member Chris’s mate Tony left a slice of burl (knotty timber) at his place for storage. Sadly, before Tony could collect the burl, he passed away.

Chris decided to create a tribute to his mate and brought the slice of burl to the shed, sanded it back, treated it and made it ready for display. He has placed a small plaque on the prepared burl and presented it at Tony’s funeral last week.

A fitting tribute to a friend, this will now be incorporated into a memorial to much-loved Tony at the property where he lived.

Dave’s folding table

Shed member Dave has come up with a innovative design for a small folding caravan table. Dave has developed several iterations of the table, improving the design along the way.

In the image below Dave is demonstrating the table in the deployed state. Shortly after the photo was taken, Dave installed the table in the caravan and is keen to test in on the road.

Chris’ recycled chopping board

Shed member Chris was so impressed with the chopping boards being constructed at the shed that he decided to recycle some timber he found by the side of the road, and make one himself.

Chris trimmed the edges, made the surfaces regular and square and glued the timber pieces together. He finally sanded the surfaces, routed fancy edges and finished the board with timber oil. Chris reports it will make an artistic addition to his kitchen.

Wood lathe donation

Community member Beau Graham found he was unable to go on using his beloved wood lathe and has kindly donated it to The Entrance Men’s Shed. The lathe is in good condition and Beau has also also donated wood turning tools and blanks that are much needed additions to the shed wood turning setup.

Community donations like these enable the Shed to increase the range of projects we can undertake and better support our local community.

Beau–you are always welcome at the Shed for a cuppa and a chat.

Donation by Pluims Interiors

During the recent “Let’s Nail Depression” initiative local business Pluims Interiors generously donated a stack of boards to Central Coast Men’s Sheds. Dave Betts of “Let’s Nail Depression” coordinated the delivery and arranged for his son to deliver some of this large donation.

The delivery truck arrived spot on time at Bateau Bay Men’s Shed where it was unloaded the shed members there. A team from The Entrance Men’s Shed hired a large trailer and accepted some of the 3-meter sheets. This team also traveled to Pluims Interiors facility to collect additional boards and deliver it to the Shed.

The donation is large enough for Dave Betts to also make a delivery to The Hastings Men’s Shed in Port Macquarie.

A big thanks from Central Coast Men’s Sheds to Pluims Interiors for this generous donation.