Projects

Recent projects undertaken by the Parramatta District Men’s Shed

Lion’s Club Honour Board

Lion’s Club Honour Board

Parramatta Lion’s club commissioned Parramatta District Men’s shed (PDMSInc) to build an honour Board that would look very similar to their existing Honour Board. The existing Board was almost full.

After some review of the requirements our shed identified on of members who had considerable skills at this type of project …. although it was may years since he had completed such work. With heart in mouth a quote was prepared and subsequently accepted by the Lion’s club ….. so the work started with many restless nights spent by our expert  ….. worrying if he could really do this. Our executive had great faith in our shed members ability and encouraged him to relax and build it ….

Framework begins

Accuracy was so important in this project with some very fine joint work involved. Our shed expert spent many hours practicing his joinery before the final cut …… He also built some “jigs” to help with the detailed routing required to create fluting in the pillars of the frame.

Detailed flutes and joinery

 

 

Once the frame was completed to satisfaction the infill panels had to be meticulously fitted ….. this required a great deal of patience and precision cutting …. this is where the shed “Festool” equipment came to the forefront. Vertical alignment of the infill panel patterns was also critical.

Infill panels

Alignment of in fill panels

Next was the final sanding and preparation for finishing …. this took many hours of careful hand sanding and finishing in as dust free an environment possible. Several coats of the finishing had to be applied to obtain the professional finish required.

Finishing

Final Product

AND THEN AFTER ALMOST 12 MONTHS of part time work the final product was PROUDLY completed

Final Product and It’s very proud CREATOR

OUR SHED HAS SOME VERY TALENTED MEMBERS, and they love passing on their knowledge and helping other members improve their skills.

PDMSInc and PCC up-cycle project

Parramatta City Council (PCC) and Parramatta District Men’s Shed Inc. (PDMSInc) join forces to reduce LANDFILL:

Roadside collections

Roadside collections

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Hard wood fencing – from local fencing contractors

PCC up-cycle project

PCC asked our shed if we would like to be involved in an environmental project to help Parramatta and prevent some landfill …. the initial plan was for Our shed, on council roadside collection days, to pick up usable re-recyclable wood and metal.

After several sessions of roadside collection it became evident that there was not a lot of material to collect …. some of the locals were beating us to it ….. so we made arrangements with some of the local fencing contractors to deliver to our shed old hardwood palings destined for the tip. So a benefit to the fencing contractor and to our project.

During the PDMSInc collection periods PCC discovered that Primary schools within the LGA were looking for garden type seating and potting benches for their garden areas.

So PDMSInc member Robert McKenzie went through a detailed design and approval phase with PCC to come up with the final products …. bench seats, potting table and mudpie kitchen. Robert made a proto-type and refined it once or twice to end up with FINAL PRODUCTS (get the plans for  potting-bench-final-design,   pdms-up-cycling-design-documents-garden-box-and-others ) HERE

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Creating Bench seat frame

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Stabilising Potting Bench

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Mud-Pie Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twelve months down the track from the start of the idea the products were delivered to 13 schools in the local area ….

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Final product ready for delivery

Final product ready for delivery

Here are some of the happy recipients  ……. (to see all the schools visit our NEWS page)

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Pendle Hill Primary School

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Rydalmere Public School

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Oatlands Public School

HMAS Parramatta standards

HMAS Parramatta standards ….

Each standard to depict the life of each of the ships, was requested by Dave Shakespeare.

The idea was that 4 local Schools would join a parade for the remembrance ceremony of the sinking of HMAS Parramatta 11.

HMAS Parramatta Shields template

HMAS Parramatta Standard template

 

So our shed hit the action button, with one of our members (Torrie) coming up with a design and making a template.

Standard copying by router

Standard copying by router

One of our other members (Rob) then proceeded to copy the template by cutting out  two faces and an insert between the faces. This allowed for a laminated sheet to be slipped inside the standard, thus allowing the standard to used for any occasion by changing the insert.

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Inserts

 

Using laminated printed sheet for insert

Using laminated printed sheet for insert

 

Finished product

Finished product

 

 

Complete with Bamboo handles and a template to help position and cut the inserts for future re-use of the standard.

 

 

 

Shields ready for delivery

Shields ready for delivery

 

 

 

Hand over to Dave Shakespeare and one of our members (John Cole who also served duty on one of the HMAS Parramatta’s) what a coincidence and what fun to see the smiles of appreciation  …..

Bottle Labeling Jigs

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

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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.

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What a great outcome for everyone !!!!!

 

More POSSUM BOXES

Possum Box Presentation 2016-28

Front center … Kerry Boyce(PDMSInc), Sherie Hulme(Karabi) Back: Rob Colless(PDMSInc), Brent Pollock (PHSchool), Ms D Splatt (PHSchool).

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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

BURL BOWL

BURL BOWL

Burl LogBURL Bowl creation:

PDMSInc was asked to take the BURL that was on the side of this tree log and make a ceremonial Bowl from it. One of the shed members cut the burl with a chain saw.

 

 

The center of the burl contained soil and decayed matter which was removed to allow access to the harder material

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A base to sit the bowl in was also carved out. Both the Burl and base were carved using the “Arbotech” turbo-grinder and flexible sanding disks.

 

 

 

  FINISHED PRODUCT

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Custom Computer table

Custom Table

Finished Table

This is the finished Custom Computer Table that our shed was commissioned to create. A lady approached our team at one of the Parramatta Farmer’s Markets and requested if our shed could convert a series of left over Jarrah parquetry pieces from her floor into a table …. and that is how it started.

Our team came up with a design which included a curved front and provide the client with a quote, which was subsequently accepted and work began.

Our client was thankfully not in a major rush and said we could take up to 4 months ….. we thought this was reasonable …..

The process involved our team learning a whole range of new skills and the input from one of our EXPERT members to construction methods and refining of the design proved in-valuable.

Creating table top

Creating table top

The slowest part of the whole job was actually working out how to and then building the table top from the supplied parquetry pieces. Each piece had to be squared all round, biscuit joints put in and then assembled and glued and clamped down firmly so as to provide a structurally solid and flat finish. This took over a month to do on it’s own. Our member had to develop jigs to keep everything true, consistant and accurate. It was very much a slow process done a row at a time. Everything was numbered as it was squared to ensure best fit and look.

 

 

Sanding Table Top

Sanding Table Top

We then used a Festool sander and outrigger to sand the top many many times starting with a 40 grit and eventually finishing with an 800 grit sand paper. This was a critical part of the process to ensure that the table top was perfectly flat, even and most importantly appealing. Dust was a problem so safety gear was always worn and we had overhead dust extraction sytems going the whole time.

Several coats of special finish were applied to complete the effect of beautiful natural timber grains.

 

 

Table Base

Table Base

While the table top was industriously being completed another team member embarked on building from the gound up, the base for the table top. This was also a major piece of carpentry work and many new jointing techniques were learnt along the way ….. more importantly the correct way to ensure that everything was square and in alignment. Mortice and Tennon joints were employed in the legs. The timber was then sanded to the same quality as the table top and then stained and varnished to provide a similar appearance to the table top.

 

 

Curved Jig

Curved Jig

One of the more interesting techniques that our shed members learnt was to bend timber into an accurate pre-defined arc. It required constructing a jig of the curavture required, cutting the timber into thin strips and then glueing them together strip by strip to form the required thickness and then applying the calmps to the jig to bend the timber into shape. It was then left for a week for the glue to dry and the timber to mould correctly. Then carefully and accurately fitted to the table base ….. and SURPISE … the table top fitted perfectly and was level and aligned …. the team was so thrilled at the result.

 

 

Happy Ending

Happy Ending

 

 

Our client was ECSTATIC when we delivered it to her home and placed it in it’s resting place …. Our client wishes to remain anonymous but we are sure you can tell who it is by the BIG smile of satisfaction on their face …. look out for them next time you are at Parramatta Centennary Square!!!!!!!

Custom Jewellery Box

Susannah's Jewelery Box

Susannah’s Jewellery Box

From our Parramatta Farmer’s Market stall, our shed received a request to build a Custom Jewellery Box for Susannah.

One of our resident experienced box makers and a couple of our keen shed members formed a team and created a master piece for Susannah.

Susannah's Artwork for lid

Susannah’s Artwork for lid

There was a combination of several different timbers, but the really unique item was a Pyrographic imprint of an Australian Gum tree on the lid of the box. A working sketch was provided by Susannah and our our resident artist …. Frank …. went to town and came up with a fabulous final product.

 

Susannah's Jewlery Box Completed

Susannah’s Jewellery Box Completed

Susannah's Jewlery Box Internals

Susannah’s Jewellery Box Internals

Our shed, as a result of this work has is running a box making course for our members who want to learn the art.

What a fabulous outcome ……. THANK YOU PARRAMATTA MARKETS for leading our shed to this opportunity ….

And THANK YOU SUSANNAH for being patient and then very excited with the final product.

LGSA Environment Awards 2014

PDMS were requested to make LGSA Environment Awards 2014 picture frames.

Finished product

Finished product

Parramatta District Men’s Shed Inc. were asked by the Local Government and Shires Association to produce some 64 picture frames to house the Excellence in Environment Award certificates. The Frames had to be made out of recycled materials, glazed from recycled or seconds glass, and made to look old but New!!!! A simple brief……

Our men at work ...

Our men at work …

Men at the shed combined their skills to recycle some off-cuts of marine plywood, glued them together to make the thickness required, edged the frames on a router and sanded the rough timber to eliminate splinters but not the rustic look. The frames were then put under a “blow torch” to create a weathered look. Then some lacquer to seal them. Backing boards were chamfered and the certificates mounted ready for final presentation to the lucky winners.

Proud certifcate winners ....

Proud certifcate winners ….

Certificates were presented to winners at a ceremony of the 2nd December 2014 in Sydney.

For more details go HERE.

Homes for possums

Preparing the boxes

Preparing the boxes

Moira, Karabi Volunteer painting boxes

Moira, Karabi Volunteer painting boxes

 

TWENTY new homes for western Sydney’s injured or displaced brushtail possums have been built by four boys from Constitution Hill with the help from the Parramatta District Men’s Shed.

Boys from Karabi youth centre at Constitution Hill teamed up with Men’s shed volunteers during the school holidays to construct the boxes, which will be used by Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Services (WIRES) to rehome brushtail possums from places like residential home roof cavities.

……. read more (from Parramatta Sun, Thursday 14th August 2014)

…… YouTube video ….Possum using the Box