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“Garden Box for Sorrel Lane, North Parramatta”

  LING’s Garden toolBox

Garden Box for Sorrel Lane Parramatta

As part of the close working relationship with Parramatta City Council and the UPCYCLE project, our shed was requested to make a Garden Box for the Sorrel Lane community garden.

The brief was that it had to be constructed from recycled materials. It had to be lockable and secured in concrete footings for the storage of garden tools.

Our inventive men set to work gathering old hardwood fences and surplus timbers from patios. They constructed the box and then delivered it to site.

  Garden Box for Sorrel Lane community garden

Locks were sourced and fitted. The timber was finished with weatherproofing varnish

and sanded and cleaned to make sure there were no exposed corners or items that could cause an injury by way of scratches on the like.

  Attaching the lock


On site holes were dug and the metal legs cemented in making sure that it will never be moved or removed form the site easily.








PDMSInc delivers new Honour Board

PDMSInc delivers new Honour Board

Parramatta District Men’s Shed was commissioned by Parramatta Lion’s Club to build their new Honour Board.

It took some twelve months to complete the project because of the detailed and meticulous work involved.

  Honour Board Installed




  Handover to the Lion’s Club




PDMSInc handed over the Honour Board at our 2016 Open day where it was proudly received by the Lion’s Club.



Geoff LEE visits our shed

Geoff LEE (MP) visit

Geoff LEE (MP for Parramatta) VISITS OUR SHED  to take delivery of hand made pens on 28th November 2016

One of shed members (Frank Zelasko) has become an avid pen maker and has perfected the art to a standard where our Local MP ordered several of these boxed pens as momento’s. The honourable Mr Lee intends to give these pens as gifts on his upcoming visit overseas.

Our avid Pen maker FRANK.

One of the key factors that led to this purchase was the fact that Frank has included in each pen set a history detailing where the timber came from and the type of timber it is …. each pen is unique in it’s history and timber type.

Similar pen sets are now also available at the Parramatta Heritage and Tourism center, and of course from our shed.

Delivering Bench seats Potting tables

PDMSInc DELIVERS on up-cycle project:

Over the last few weeks PDMSInc has delivered 13 up-cycle products to local schools.

Parramatta City Council (PCC) and Parramatta District Men’s Shed Inc (PDMSInc) have jointly worked on a project to up-cycle hardwood fencing and other timbers that were destined for the rubbish tip and LANDFILL. Our members made a series of bench seats, potting tables and a Mud-pie kitchen all from the above collected timbers.

See more detail on our PROJECTS page

Below are some of the schools we delivered product too and their reply ……..


Arthur Phillip High School


North Parramatta


Darcy Road Public School


Rydalmere Public School



St Paul the Apostle



Yale Street Public School



Rosehill Public School “Thank so much for the seat. I was disappointed that I couldn’t get the time off work to be there and thank you personally. Looking forward to seeing it out in our gardens. If you can pass on our thanks to the men that built it.”


Oatlands Public School “Thanks again for coming out to the school today and for the beautiful bench that you made for us! We really appreciate it. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there, I was working today. Here’s a couple more photos that Julie sent me this afternoon. Kind regards Liz Moore”

Local Schools receive up-cycled bench seats

Pendle Hill School










Guildford School

THANK YOU to all our members involved in this very worthwhile project ….. and a special “shout-out” the Environment team at PCC

Bunnings Fathers Day 2016

…. DIY  Fathers Day with a twist

Setting up for the DIY

Setting up for the DIY

Bunnings from Rydalmere approached the Parramatta District Men’s Shed Inc.  to assist run a DIY evening for Fathers day. The Idea was for our volunteer members to pool their vast expertise and help the children of Dad’s to make a simple item for their Dad.

BUT … Dad (or in one case POP) had to do all the dangerous work!!!!, whilst under supervision from our volunteers.


Choosing the product and materials??

Choosing the product and materials??


As with any project … it all starts with the selection of the product, the materials to make it from and the tools needed to make it. Our volunteers helped with the choices … in this case it was a “Bungee cord” rack to hold all sorts of odds and sods … like sunglasses, earphone cords from mobile phones, ties …….


Drilling holes for the cord

Drilling holes for the cord

Then it was time to start the real work, with some careful tuition from our volunteers,

Volunteers instructing

Volunteers instructing

our keen students under the help and guidance of “POP” and “Dad”, showed great talent and a precision most experts would love to see ….

Threading Bungee cord

Threading Bungee cord

Bunnings Fathers Day Sept 2016-10

Age seemed to be no barrier with this young family keenly watching as our young professionals worked tirelessly to their end goal.


A little bit of cutting a dowell

A little bit of cutting a dowel

and hey presto …. that was so much fun …..

even POP had a great time with his grand daughter

…. some quality time together.

LOOK "POP" success .... Hope DAD loves this????

LOOK “POP” success ….
Hope DAD loves this????

THANK YOU BUNNINGS for a great night …. our volunteers also had a lot of FUN

PDMS Inc wins GRANT from Parramatta City Council

X-Carve Website Picture

PDMS Inc wins GRANT from Parramatta City Council ….. Once again our Shed has been successful in obtaining a grant from Parramatta City Council’s Community Grants 2016 program. The grant allows our Shed to purchase a “Computer Numerical Control 3d Router Kit”.

The major reason for requiring this equipment is to produce templates and cut-outs to satisfy requests from the “Flintwood” disability center. Flintwood and PDMS Inc have a long established arrangement where our Shed provides products for the disabled members at Flintwood to finish off (sand, paint etc). This is yet another one of our Shed’s community involvement programs.

Our Shed has been making all sorts of products for Flintwood over the last year …. here are some of the finished  items:

Cup Holders

Cup Holders

Xmas Trees

Xmas Trees

Equipment is expected to be delivered and installed by the end of August and we are hoping to have it on display for our next:

Shed OPEN DAY …. on 19th November 2016 …

For more details on this equipment please look at the video HERE and HERE


Community Grants Program 2016


Woodworking for Beginners ……

 Some of our MEN

A collaboration between PDMS Inc and Parramatta College:

Parramatta District Men’s Shed (PDMS Inc.) is proud to announce that Parramatta College have teamed up to bring a new course to the Parramatta community. Lessons will be conducted at our Shed by our Volunteer Men.

The intent of the program is for those who want to learn :

basic woodworking techniques, which tools and adhesives to use, and the different types of wood you can use. You will learn to sand and finish your project. At the end of the course you will have made a basic project such as a basic box or spice rack. Small materials cost.”

Click Parramatta College T3 2016 Woodworking Flyer for the Parramatta College advertising flyer

The course is designed for the complete novice both women and men, young and not so young ….. it will be a fun time using our Shed’s tools and equipment and most importantly the great SKILLS of our volunteer MEN.

Bookings :

are made through Parramatta college …. visit their website or call 02 9687 2072

Bottle Labeling Jigs

Mutli – label JIG developed by Michael Instance

Bottle Labeling Jigs:

The business adviser for our Men’s shed from ACRE CONSULTING Pty Ltd(CLICK on link) Ian McHugh requested our members to look at designing a device that could use a roll of labels and apply these to bottles as automatically as possible. This brief was then extended to a single label and a device to make it easier to peel the label backing papers

PDMS President, Kerry Boyce noted:

“We are set up to help our members and the community – this looked like a great opportunity of collaboration with a like-minded organisation”.


Mutli - label JIG developed by Michael Instance

Mutli – label JIG developed by Michael Instance

After a few weeks of design and testing, two PDMS members, Michael Instance and Rob McKenzie developed wine labeling jigs for labels on rolls and individual labels.

Michael Instance designed, built and road tested the muli-label “bottle labeling JIG” as seen in photograph at left. This took a couple of iterations before coming up with what our shed thinks is the PERFECT solution.

Michael’s JIG was also trialed on an experimental basis at BEEHIVE Industries co-operative, it proved so successful that orders were placed for some more.

Cutting device for label backing paper

Cutting device for label backing paper

Cutting device for label backing papers

  Cutting device for label backing papers

Robert McKenzie also a volunteer at our shed at this time was developing a device for cutting the backing paper on single labels as this was the in inhibitor to developing a labeling jig. Robert persevered and finally came up with an adjustable device which is shear simplicity but brilliant in operation …..





Micheal and Robert at Beehive Industires

  Micheal and Robert at Beehive Industires



Michael and Robert have made a couple of visits to the Beehive Industries co-operative to improve their designs and to train members and using the “JIGS.





In addition when Minister Ajaka visited our shed he saw these jigs as proto-types ….. and to the Minister’s joy, he also visited the Beehive Industries  (CLICK on link) only to see the “Jigs in action and saving so much time, and creating massive improvements to production.


What a great outcome for everyone !!!!!


Minister AJAKA visits PDMSInc


Minster AJAKA

Minster AJAKA

The Hon John AJAKA Member of the Legislative Council
Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Multiculturalism, and Minister for Youth visited Parramatta District Men’s Shed today 
to learn of the work, and lend his support and congratulations to the Parramatta Men’s Shed.

“Men’s Sheds are filling a much needed social connection while maintaining skills developed over a life-time. The Parramatta Men’s Shed provides opportunities to create and build, while socialising and contributing to the community. Men’s sheds certainly tick all the boxes of my portfolios”

Member for Parramatta, the Hon. Geoff Lee MP, has been a strong supporter of the Men’s Shed.

“Parramatta District Men’s Shed has not been slow in reaching out to the broader community. The members recently completed a joint project with Parramatta City Council, WIRES and Karabi in building possum boxes. The Men’s shed have also recently designed and built Bottle Labeling jigs for use by the Beehive Industries Co-operative.”


Minsiter AJAKA 2016-2



Possum Box Presentation 2016-28

Possum Box Presentation 2016-3

  Terry Niperess instructing Boys how to assemble the Possum Box

TWENTY new homes for western Sydney’s injured or displaced brush-tail possums have been built by boys from Parramatta High School with the help from the Parramatta District Men’s Shed.

Boys (from Parramatta High School) were referred by Karabi youth center, teamed up with Parramatta District Men’s shed volunteers over a period of 10 one day sessions to construct the boxes. The boxes will be used by Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Services (WIRES) to re-home brush-tail possums from places like residential home roof cavities.

Boxes ready to be assembled

Boxes ready to be assembled

Lord Mayor Clr. Paul Garrad

Lord Mayor Clr. Paul Garrad

Following the successful construction of the Possum Boxes, a hand-over to WIRES was convened at the Parramatta High School.

The Lord Mayor officiated in presenting the boxes and outlined how a grant from Parramatta city council to Wires was the catalyst for this marvelous community collaboration project.

A thank you speech was also delivered by one of the boys. The speech was a credit to his education at Parramatta High School.

Certificates were then presented to each of the participating boys by Deborah Martin on behalf WIRES.

……. read more (from Parramatta Sun, Thursday 5th April 2016)

…… YouTube video ….Possum using the Box