June 2017 Newsletter by Doug Simpson
Pic 1: President Al chasing a groove in the floor. Think I understand his hearing problem
( hint : invisible ear muffs).
Pic 2: David Wickham showing his understanding of the Record lathe using a steady rest to make a walking stick.
Pic 3: Tony Winter’s first try at a lathe. A pleasure to teach the teacher.
Pic 4: Scotty seems pleased with his segmented goblet. Note before and after.
Pic 5: Now wall mounted, we hope that these will always be accessible through careful racking.
First some progress news following our relocation:
Some temporary flooring has been placed above the office and on the mezzanine floor, allowing some above floor storage.
Our 2 containers are about to be delivered and craned into the yard.
Thanks to stalwart Ken Howe for the donation of heavy duty shelving.
Most heavy machinery has now been installed with underfloor cabling eliminating the need for extension cords.
All erected Gyprock has been painted, and the donated Masters 6 drawer.
Storage units are in place waiting to be loaded. Tom Skinner has vinyl ready to label the contents of each (vital)
News from Alan on June 25th.- We have won a grant of $37,300 to complete the framing, stairs, and upstairs toilet.
We have taken in many work orders lately for commission jobs. Volunteers are needed to manage each order. Perhaps you could be in partnership or in a team to help with the backlog. I like the listings shown on the whiteboard near the first aid room. All stray tools and materials can now be grouped and stored. See Tom.
Now that power is available, we notice them being used by learners and serious turners. Also noticed our resident plasterer Bruce McConnell trying it out.
I’m using my Editor’s right to winge about smoking in or close to the shed. As much as I enjoy being with you all, I am concerned that myself and others are put off by inhaling the smoke of others. We have always had a transient population of members, but I suspect that we are losing good members partly because they don’t like smoke. Call me precious, I know there is nothing worse than a reformed smoker ( me) Sorry, but I have had some sad memories of departed friends/relatives. It’s illegal and anti social in most places now, so please do the right thing in OUR shed.
NEW POWER TOOLS
We are grateful for the $3000 donation of AEG power tools to the shed via Bunnings and AEG. They are the most advanced portable tools available with great features. Also donated were marking out tools to replace depleted and inaccurate items.
We now have a compost bin outside for food scraps. Please separate your plastic wrapping and use the green bucket and compost bin as at home. A few spades of dirt on the compost should encourage the worms.
Nice work Ron for organising this. Friday 12.30.
We welcome the following new members, some of whom have been extremely valuable already in the shed relocation.