Mens Shed Update

March 9, 2016

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The Ferntree Gully Community Men’s Shed has been operating for a few weeks now. We have been making lots of changes to the premises including wiring up an old Enterprises work bench with four double power points, ready for our tools. The guys have also been busy building shelves for timber, power tools, project ideas and participants uncompleted projects. The Shed is looking good!

We have acquired a Felder table saw that has many functions including saw, planer, thicknesser, router, spindle moulder and drilling capabilities. This machine is a real bonus and will  allow us to complete many projects both small and large.

We’ve also had some wonderful donations come our way from people in the community, including timber, woodworking books and magazines, hand tools, power tools and lots of wood wòrking hardware. We’re really grateful for all these generous contributions which will enable us to increase our skills and project scope. This support from the community has been fantastic.

A Ladies Shed is also now operating at the same premises and the women have been enjoying helping to set up the workshop. Membership of both groups is growing – we had a new lady join us last week who is the wife of one of our new Mens Shed gentlemen! We welcome new members – remember you do not have to be associated with IOE to join – this is a general community project.

Currently The Shed operating hours are:
Ladies group – Wednesday 1pm – 5pm
Mens group – Wednesday 4pm – 9pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm.

We have plans for future expansion and are looking at starting up two new groups next term which will operate during week days, so participants from IOE’s Adult services can join us.

If you would like to  join either the Mens’ or Ladies’ groups or find out more information about them, please contact me (Ray) rayalex@live.com.au  0429 196 380 or email us at  menshed@ioe.org.au

by Ray Alexander

 

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