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The Shed was commissioned last year to construct a pair of bar counters for the Civic Daze beer garden. This was completed by one of our members and was put into good use on the day.

Bar counters for Dalbeattie Civic Daze

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.

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.

The Shed recently received a request from Tesco Castle Douglas for a bookcase to store all of their donated books. Michael Sandes and John Lind constructed this and are seen here presenting Tesco with this.

Liz Hunter from Tesco CD with Shed members John Lind and Michael Sandes.

There's been a big demand for our bird/squirrel feeders and, with winter approaching fast, now is the time to be thinking of putting out additional nuts for our furry and feathered friends. This the latest batch of feeders to come off the Men's Shed production line and they're now available in the Solway Plant Hire shop window in High Street. A bargain at just £5! But be quick as the price is likely to go up soon. Why not pop along the High Street and see what else the Shedders have been making recently.

Our members find all sorts of uses for reclaimed timber. Some pieces are turned on the workshop lathes into attractive bowls, porridge spurtles, rolling pins and dibbers while other pieces are recycled to form things like small toys and ornaments, welly boot removers and even items of furniture for indoors and the garden.

We've also made chopping boards, coasters, tealight holders, bird nest boxes and feeding tables as well as different types of bird and squirrel feeders.

Nut bar opening time
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