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Blog entry by Bob Collins posted 11-12-2016 09:32 AM 2916 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am finding that Men in Sheds is not all about the chance for older people to learn something new to occupy their time but a meeting place to drink coffee and chat or should I say B… S… and try and out do each other. and to get away from the wife. I suggested that females should be invited but was put down by a majority.
Approximately 10 – 15 people turn up each Monday and Friday but only 4 or 5 stay in the workshop once the lathe
starts and the chips are flying, the rest dawdle of for a coffee break. Try telling 60-70 years old guys who have
all their life driven tractors, trucks and heavy machinery that they should respect the lathe, band saw, scroll saw etc and wear safety goggles and dust masks when using these machines. The two that do use safety equipment are the 2 bikies. When I said earlier that in the USA some of these guys would be classed as hillbillies, well there are members whose family name is CLAMPETT (but no Jed). The official opening was on the 22nd October and members of the local council promised the world to these men but that will remain to be seen.

This Graeme Clampett

The biggest piece I have worked on was the wooden beams that go on the chassis of a veteran vehicle, which is an American 1927 Paige, I didn’t get photos of the original shaping of the two planks but this is the final shaping before Frank the owner starts sanding. As you can see by the crowd there was a lot of interest and help

he had used a scroll saw at school over 50 years ago and took some convincing that he should try something easier.
Rob on the band saw. Victor is camera shy.

Have 2 interested is making band saw boxes and they are progressing OK but one wont go near the band saw so I have him on the scroll saw. He is called Victor and wanted to start on cutting a shell after I showed some photos

I am rather enjoying being the guru but really think teaching children would be much easier. I was asked why didn’t I wear dust mask when showing them to use the machinery. Replied that it was because it would make it hard to tell them what I was doing. They swallowed that lot.

The bikies don’t want to be photographed for obvious reasons but they are a pair of genuine blokes. Last photo is of some of the Clampett family working on a car at the shed.
and now the shed itself

Our next session will be simple cutting “bowls from a board”. I have supplied some of my old projects that have been taking up space in my shed for the members to sell with money going towards the club, turned over $230 dollars in sales and they then suggested I should at least get 50% of sales to cover costs. Works out well.

Hope I haven’t put you to sleep but things should liven up once we start lessons on the lathe,

Cheers Bob C.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 11-12-2016 10:13 AM

Thanks for the update, Bob. I like your sign much better!

-- God bless, Candy

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 11-12-2016 12:49 PM

That looks to be a great place to hang out and work if you don’t have a personal shop. I like to attend if I could!!

Cheers, mate…...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-12-2016 02:27 PM

This is a great thing to be involved with and to be in good company. I agree with Jim, I would help out if I was there.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 11-12-2016 08:34 PM

Looks like a well equipped shop. Sounds like you’re being patient, and that’s a good approach. I have to echo the comments from Jim and Dave. This is a great project to have in your community. Wish there was something like that in my area.
Looking forward to seeing some of the projects.
Enjoy the teaching.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 11-12-2016 11:29 PM

Got to love a well organized and run Mens Shed, especially one with purpose….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 11-13-2016 12:51 AM

Great photos and great story line Bob. I am sure the Blokes in the shed will enjoy being in the shop. Particularly when they begin producing things.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#7 posted 11-13-2016 11:41 AM

OH!!!, now where have I heard all that before Bob. I know, the Kalbarri Men’s Shed. We have guys who want to use the lathe but are S* scared, others that are Over safety Conscious, or cleaning freaks, and cannot stand a piece of dust on the bench or floor.
Man, are they going to be in for a shock when the Lathes start.
I’ll have to post some of our photos sometime.

You’re doing a good job and I’m about to share your woodturning teaching with our guys.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 11-13-2016 07:11 PM

This looks like a real blast Bob, boy like a lot of the other guys I’d love to be able to join in with you.
You’re doin good here mate

keep us up to speed as you go :-)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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