Things we do for activities local to where we are located.
Join Our Shed For Men
Why join our shed, men from all walks of life are joining mens sheds all over the country. Socialising with other blokes is what the new trend is recommending. You can go down to your local men’s shed and have a cuppa and a chat. Men retiring from the work force tend to lose all their mates from work and need to go down to one of the local sheds and join in on the activities of a local men’s shed.
Retired Join Our Shed For activities
You can get an application form for Elermore Vale Men’s Shed (Mens Shed Elermore Vale) from our Men’s Shed or one from the Elermore Vale Community Centre.We don’t offer online applications, we prefer to interview you when you come in and see us. On the application form you will be asked what type of volunteer work would would you like to do:-
- General duties
- Social day Assistance
- Home Visiting
- Telephone Calls
- Men’s Shed
Bench grinder safety is a very important topic, don’t just walk up to a bench grinder and switch it straight on. The last person to use the bench grinder may not have taken care of it properly and the first thing you need to do is to inspect the bench grinder to see if it safe to use.
What To Check Before Turning The Grinder On
- with the power turned off at the wall, spin the wheel to make sure it turns freely.
- make sure the resting post is as close as possible to the wheel without touching it.
- If the machine has a safety shield is it in place.
Band saw training will commence in our Men’s Shed on Tuesday 19th June 2012. Have you qualified in the use of the band saw. Remember we are starting a register for those people who are qualified on different equipment. It is good work practice to get skilled mentoring support if you intend to use any of our power equipment, especially on the band saw. Gordon Steele will be running an introduction into the use of our band saw and if you are not a qualified tradesman then you will need to get the basics on how to use the band saw.
Free woodwork patterns are a great idea. Men’s Sheds are always on the lookout for good free woodwork patterns. This site Free Woodworking Plan have mountains of really great plans and patterns to choose from. There list of things to build are very extensive and I hope you enjoy their free woodwork patterns. This one from Better Homes and Gardens is full of PDF patterns you can download and print out.Would you like to build your own wood fired oven, great for those pizzas, I can almost smell them cooking now.
Plan ahead on what you want to build, start out with easy free woodwork patterns and work your way up to the hard ones. We like to build bird boxes, and I have noticed in one of those sites a bee hive. Our Men’s shed keep native bees to pollinate our beautiful gardens. Now if you like bird houses, you may like 50 bird houses, with 7 pages of different bird houses to build for the free woodworking patterns.
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Company sponsorship for our Men’s Shed would help us to keep our community projects going. We rely on donations, grants and company sponsorship to help keep us going. Our Men’s Shed is only fairly new and we are seeking your help. We have many different projects and lots of different activities for the men in our shed. We are in need of a metal lathe, our woodturning activities is well under way. We don’t sit back waiting for hand outs, our activities in our sheds have us making things and selling them so we can then put the money back into charitable projects.
If you would like to be a company sponsor for us, we will include your company on our website to show recognition of what we do with your support. Also we would display advertising on our fences at our Men’s Shed to show your support for us. We have a few companies that sponsor us and proudly wear their logo on our T Shirts. We do this for any corporate sponsorship. Read the rest…
Woodturning Classes at the shed will begin on Monday 14th of May. Gordon Steele our Treasurer is a qualified wood turner and has a small group of us interested in learning how to make things on our newly donated lathe. Gordon has had many years of woodturning experience and plans to show us the basics of using the lathe. There are many safety tips to learn, especially from the woodturning classes. Techniques on how do different things work will be taught, here is an article on woodturning that you can read, to help improve us.
I will add a few videos for you to watch, on woodturning. using power tools like a wood lathe, need to be used with complete safety practice.
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