Commission

Delivery day finally arrives and we load up the truck (on loan from Paterson Engineering) and head off to Wison Lodge.
They were as excited as us to give it a try out!

Trebuchet delivery to Wiston Lodge

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.

Napoleonic War cart wheel rebuilt by the Shed

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.

Michael Sandes handing over the CD racks to the new owner.

We have been given the go-ahead for two new winner boards to add to the existing boards on display there. The job involves re-arranging the existing boards and re-fixing them to the wall.

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.

Update 23 January 2018:

Made up and fitted the weight storage brackets, and finished off the name plaque brackets. We fitted some buckles for bungee cords to add some boost to the range.

Finished painting the green sections and the silver parts. Ready for testing on Thursday.

Update 25 January 2018:

We loaded the trebuchet onto a truck we borrowed from Paterson Engineering and took it down to the Islecroft football stadium in Dalbeattie for some testing.

Wiston Warwolf - ready to launch!

Update 05 January 2018:

Other side bit has been made up and fitted as well as the diagonal supports. Sealer applied to the base frame upper side.

Update 07 January 2018:

Started undercoating. Made up the swivel pin for the throwing arm. Made the spacer for the drop arms and assembled the drop arms and counterweight crossbars.

The base frame being top coated.

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 two A-frames have been connected and the base almost complete. We ran out of CLS to complete the frame.

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.

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