One of the more unusual commissions Dalbeattie Men's Shed has received was for the reconstruction of a cart wheel believed to date back to the Napoleonic Wars. After some 200 years on French soil the once-sturdy wheel found its way to a new home in Kirkcudbright where it had pride of place in front of the owners' house and latterly served as an impressive plant stand.
The Shed has been commissioned to construct two sets of shelves for cd and dvd storage. They are to have adjustable shelves to accommodate either cd or dvd cases. Measuring approximately 1.4 metres high by 1 metres wide, they will be constructed of high grade redwood pine in a traditional style and finished in pale grey. They were handed over to the new owner at our October coffee morning.
Dalbeattie Men’s shed has landed a new major project – to re-create a Skeoch Utility Cycle Car.
The Skeoch Utility was the only Cycle Car ever commercially produced in Scotland. In 1920-21, James Baird Skeoch produced 12 of these cars at his Burnside Works, Dalbeattie. Ten Skeoch cars were sold before a fire spread to the Works from the adjacent glove factory, destroying the works and its contents. The Skeoch Car Company did not survive the fire and all of the 10 cars sold have been lost over the intervening Years.
As a measure of how enthusiastic we are about this project please note the date :-) !
The two A-frames have been connected and the base almost complete. We ran out of CLS to complete the frame and the hardware shop is shut so we started work on the throwing arm.
First we ran the arm through the planer/thicknesser to allow the steel reinforcing bracket a nice "snug fit" (we whacked it on with a mallet!) over the pivot end. We marked and drilled the 25mm holes for the pivot and the drop arms.
The Shed has been commissioned to build a trebuchet - a medieval catapult - for The Wiston Lodge near Biggar. We plan to build a counterweight trebuchet that stands about 3.2 metres tall and can theoretically throw a cricket ball about 200 yards.