A CUT ABOVE THE REST Longford Men’s Shed

There may have been moments of inspiration or hope on the ground at the Longford Men’s Shed but none more so than when Bob Thomas and Henry Dubbeld accepted the invitation by the Kingston Men’s Shed to attend their Open Day on 11 February this year.

The focus of this event for us was to view their Shed and to hear from Andrew Morgan, Managing Director of SFM Forest Products, speaking on the topic of HYDROWOOD. This was deeply interesting to both of us, who had seen and heard about it on TV.

The salvaging of previously unreachable Specialty Timber along with how this is technically done is an amazing concept brought into reality in Tasmania by some young technically minded executives who saw the potential and ran with it.

That done, we were set to see the results on the day where the plusses far outweighed the negatives as a very usable product.

What stirred Bob’s mind more was the percentage of the timbers that were not potentially, financially viable. Here we saw an opportunity to source some amazing timber which with some little discussion was made available to the Longford Shed to work with.

This is the point at which Bob’s inventive genius went to work in order to break these logs down to usable material rather than the firewood they were destined for. The design was simple and manageable within the

confines of our Shed Metalwork area. Overseen by Bob and our specialist troupe of retirees the process evolved as follows:

Obtain an old Bandsaw, cut the main arm and insert an extra length in between, get a bigger blade, a stronger motor with a variable speed switch, fix it into a frame that runs at right angles to the blade, provide an adjustable height mechanism, place the whole assembly onto a bed to allow the cutting frame to roll in a controlled direction, fit the log to the base frame, open the drip feed cooler tap, switch on the Slab Mill switch and gently introduce the saw to the log. That is the simple answer.

A $1500.00 grant was received to cover the cost of the materials and for a place to store it securely and we needed a new band saw anyway.

We plan to make the slabs available to other Sheds, so please line up to gain access to some of the most amazing recycled timber in Australia.

But, please don’t take my word for it, come and see it for yourselves, perhaps on the day of the TMSA Annual Meeting. Drop in at The Shed in Longford for an early cuppa and some industrial espionage.

Longford Mens Shed Slab Mill

Henry Dubbeld

President, Longford Men’s Shed

0418 565 153 – hwdubbeld@gmail.com


It doesn’t matter what group or organisation you belong to there always seems to be a problem with communication between the rank and file members and the elected committee, and Men’s Sheds are no different.
My very old Oxford pocket dictionary describes communication as “IMPARTING OR EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION BY MESSAGE OR OTHERWISE“.
As a long standing member of the TMSA State Committee the biggest hurdle we have faced over the years is getting the correct contact details of Sheds. This has improved over the past 18 months since our Executive Officer Geoff Marsh has been on board. Geoff, on his visits to Sheds around the state has gathered this information but as he only visits most Sheds once a year it is still a battle to get Sheds to update their details. For instance Geoff might visit your Shed and get the correct contact information then three months later you have your AGM and everything changes and therefore that information is out of date.
I urge all Sheds to update their details when any of the following occurs:
• Change of office bearers
• Change of postal address
• Change of email contact
• Change of opening times

Plus any other information you might think relevant that the TMSA Committee should know about your Shed.
Please contact Geoff or our State Secretary Keith Ellis with this information so our data base can constantly be updated. Of course this applies to a lot of other things as well. Is your Shed holding a function that you want other sheds to know about, do you want to buy or sell something, do you need help or information, the list just goes on.
Can I give you an example of good communication. Back in February the Kingston Shed held an Open Day that was attended by over 120 Shedders from around the state. They put a preliminary notice in the December issue of Shed News, posted out an invitation in early January to all Sheds with full details and then followed up with emails through the State Secretary’s data base. As well, their organising committee kept in touch with the guest speaker and regularly updated their members of what was happening and as a result had one of the most successful functions held by a Shed in this state.
In summing up I urge all Sheds and Shedders to continually communicate between yourselves and the TMSA committee as good communication brings better outcomes for all.
Kevin Clayton
Southern Rep
TMSA Committee

King’s Meadows Men’s Shed site ready for construction

Extract from THE EXAMINER April 2016

Tuesday’s ceremonial sod-turning heralded a new chapter for the communities of Youngtown and Kings Meadows.
The event marked the beginning of construction work for a purpose-built Men’s Shed facility, which will provide a new meeting place for those who currently use the Veterans and Community Wood Centre in Norwood.
The project has been made possible with an $85,000 grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund.
Youngtown Rotary Club president-elect Leigh Dyson said the shed would provide a place for men to get together and engage in crafts and hobbies.
“It’s a major step forward in supporting men, particularly men that are lonely, that have got problems, also men who just don’t know what to do with themselves,” he said.
“Whoever comes here will bring their own skills, and that’s what they’ll be applying and teaching each other.”
Mr Dyson said construction would be finished within about three months.
The Men’s Shed site is located in Nunamina Avenue, Kings Meadows.