Activities

Dalbeattie Men's Shed has the resources to undertake a number of very varied activities. If you are new to these skills, please remember to ask for help from other more experienced members. That's the "Shedding" experience! Please ensure you are signed off on any machines before you use them.

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Woodworking

Woodworking is our primary activity in our very well equipped woodworking shop. We have a number of trade-rated machines including a 12" saw table, a planer/thicknesser, a router table, two band saws and two woodturning lathes.

Metalworking

With the aid of a grant, The Shed managed to purchase tools to punch, shear, bend, roll and rivet together strip and bar and to make decorative scrolls and twists.

Picture framing

We have a very busy picture framing studio. We are very competitively priced and proceeds are used to fund Shed activities. We buy mountboard, and mouldings to order and make up the frames in-house.

We refurbish and service donated bicycles which are resold to finance our activities. See our Facebook page for current offers.

CNC engraving

One of our members has CNC engraving equipment which he uses in The Shed.

We undertake CNC engraving to make signs and plaques, frequently for projects completed in the woodworking section. We also carve text into chopping boards made by our members.

Leathercraft is mostly achieved with a selection of hand tools

Our leathercraft station is equipped with a selection of hand tools and a small supply of material to create leathercraft products.

Electronics and Computer

We have a number of computers and printers which can connect to the internet via our broadband connection. We also have a small range of electrical and electronic test equipment.

We have the equipment to do vinyl cutting for signs and laminating.

Our 3D printer printing a plastic bracket for our Skeoch cycle car project

We have a 3D printer which we use to print three-dimensional plastic components and parts. This has been very useful in replicating brackets that are ultimately made in aluminium or steel for our Skeoch Cycle car project.

Administration and fund-raising is an essential part of our Men's Shed operations

Our Secretary assumes responsibility for the very important administration of our Shed. He deals with sourcing of grants, insurance and tax, safety and data protection compliance amongst many other functions.