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News July 2023 part 1

By John Pegram (Secretary) Christchurch Men's Shed

Tuesday, 25 July 2023


Christchurch Men's Shed Contributor


Breaking news, Jerry was caught monkeying around with Charley down at the shed!

Apart from that unfortunate incident, everything is going rather well.....
The band saws are now fully refurbished - the heavy duty Startright has been remounted on a more robust stand and the medium bandsaw has been fitted with a narrow blade for members who tend to move in higher circles.
We have sets of new discs and belts for the sander so no more rubbing away waiting for something to happen.
A pair of matched cone drives was purchased for the wood lathes. Used for spindle work, these are particularly friendly (safe) for beginners because if the tool catches, the wood simply stops turning. No more ruined masterpieces or quick changes of underpants!
Bob Mackinnon completed the refurbishment of the Myford lathe by fitting a "no-volt" drop out switch and supplying a chuck removal tool. The chuck tool operates by locking the gearbox thereby allowing the chuck to be unscrewed. Please do not try to change the chuck without using the removal tool as this risks stripping gear teeth.
The router stand has been assembled and allocated a permanent place in the workshop with adjacent storage for router bits etc.
We have also purchased a new hand held trimmer router for light duty work, a 240v Dremel complete with flexible drive shaft and a hot melt glue gun.
And with the workshop sorted, it's fantastic to see the number and variation of new projects underway......
Mick strongly disputes this but he appears to be obsessed with chairs!
This one was a collaboration with Kevin and Jeff

Alan Smith gave the Myford and the MiniMill their first real workout making a geared rope winder powered by an egg beater drill.He has promised us a demonstration once the piece has been fully commissioned.

Bill made an upmarket bug hotel, doesn't he look proud!

Other projects include pen holders, folding candle decorations, pens, a turned and carved bowl and I hear two acoustic guitars are under construction.
I turned a gavel for the Residents Association to keep their rowdy members in check.

Just a comment on workshop etiquette, if a tool is damaged please put it to one side so that it can be repaired or discarded as appropriate. This is particularly important if the tool would be dangerous to use.

Contact Information

Robin Heels (Secretary)

  • 07547922246
Registered charity number 1175104

Find Christchurch Men's Shed

The Old School, 254 Lymington Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 5ET


Additional Information

Located in the Lower Hall of The Old School. The Old School is near Highcliffe Medical Centre and opposite Highcliffe Play Park by the pedestrian light controlled crossing.