On the 18th August 20 members of the Gladstone Men's Shed paid our Gracemere Men's Shed a visit.  This was well received by members of both sheds as it was an informal way of exchanging ideas from one member to another.  At the morning tea break Cliff Streat President of the Gracemere Men's Shed welcomed the visitors and thanked the Gladstone President Ron Steen for the visit.  In his capacity as the Capricornia Zone Representative for QMSA Ron gave us all a short overview on his plans for the future of this region.  Our shed is looking forward to making a visit to Gladstone early in 2022 all going well.
Above the President of the Sons Of The Southern Cross Motor Cycle Club Rockhampton Chapter presented a check for $1,200.00 to President Cliff Streat of the Gracemere Men's Shed Inc.  Also Smiley who is President the Mackay Chapter and President of the National body handed over another $1,000.00 to our shed, this was gratefully received by our members on Saturday evening of the 18th September.   We pass on our vote of thanks to these two plus all the members who went on the ride to make it possible.  There was a total of 60 bikes for the ride that started at the Kabra Hotel to Westwood, Wowan Mount Morgan and finished at the Kabra Hotel were the presentations were made.  The group was made up with members from Mackay, Rockhampton and Bundaberg regions, we say thanks for making the effort.
David Forward Vice President of SOTSC Motorcycle Club visited our shed today the 21st September and Cliff Streat thanked him and his members for the recent very generous donations they made to our Gracemere Men's Shed Inc.  Kev Rapley also wrote out the official receipts for the Rocky and Mackay Chapters.
While David visited our shed Cliff showed him around and gave him an insight into the type of work we undertake from time to time.  During the year the members of the SOTSC Motorcycle club have donated in the vicinity of some $20,000.00 to many and varied worthwhile causes, we like many of the recipients say thanks very much and keep up the good work while having fun doing what you like, riding bikes at different locations.
Members and partners of the Gracemere Men's Shed enjoyed a social evening's BYO BBQ at the shed.  All up we had 19 people turn up for this event.  The next one will be held on the last Sunday evening of October and the last event for the year will be the end of year dinner at the Bowls Club Gracemere.

BBQ Tables for a Local Junior Football Club.

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Barns

Barn Doors

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From rough sawn hardwood to dressed timber to the finished barn door.  We have to make up seven for a member of the public who lived in Gracemere and has retired to Woodgate to build a new home and these doors are a feature in the home.

Bench seat restoration project

This bench seat had to be completely pulled apart to allow for sanding of all parts and re glued.  Now it has a light Teak Stain put on it and lacquered to complete the process. This was delivered to a lady in Rockhampton and she was very impressed with the rejuvenated project.

Stanwell Corporation

Above Left is our Thicknesser and the Jointer connected to an overhead dust extraction system.  On the right is the suction pipes with automatic gates that turn on when a machine is being operated and bottom center is the cyclone vacuum unit set up and all this is thanks to the Stanwell Corporation Grants.
The members of the Gracemere Men's Shed would like to acknowledge the donation of money the Stanwell Corporation made to our shed as we were coming out of lockdown  to the Covid-19.  This generous donation made it possible for us to purchase all the extra sanitizing material that was required to keep our shed running safely during these trying times and is ongoing until further notice.  
Thanks to the Management and staff of the Stanwell Corporation for making this possible.

On the left we made up five easels for an Art Exhibition in Rockhampton and on the right eight fruit display stands were made for the Rockhampton Show Society that were used for schools to exhibit fruit produce themes and they were judged on the outcome.

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 The above Photos are of wooden horses for a Merry Go Round.  

We have finished all six and the customer was very impressed with the finished product.

Above is a wooden Ironing board complete with a wooden Iron that wooden iron a thing.

Rob had the fittings and with help from Cliff they made up these gold weighing scales using solid red cedar. In the centre they made up a small draw to hold the weights.

Cliff has done an excellent job making up this modified day bed for a local resident of Gracemere.  A lot of timber had to be laminated up to give us the sizes needed to complete the project for the lady who was very pleased with the finished project.
Above is a Jack and Jill seat that we made up for a lady who wanted it made out of hardwood as it is to be used outdoors and to protect it from the weather we oiled it.  This unit looks very good once it was oiled as it bought the grain in the timber out.

This scale model rail road system was in kit form and Tom and Peter "S" put their hands up to take on the project.  It took them many hours of work getting all the details correct.  They had to get the track right then build the tunnel and rail station.  Even the ballast on the tracks looks real. Top job Tom and Peter. Sadly shortly after this photo was taken Tom passed away.

Above is the train set being test run to make sure all the tracks are working and all the points work as they are supposed to do and it all worked to perfection once finished. The boys delivered this to the owner who was overjoyed with the end result when he saw it for the first time.

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Above is a cat climbing setup to help amuse a couple of cats in a back yard in Rockhampton.  It is a plan and build as I (Chris Bailey) went along and it seems to be turning out OK so far and we used some indoor/outdoor carpet on the ramps and the top of the two boxes on the bottom. After this it was painted brown and we delivered it by the middle of January.  I took on doing this project between doing  other things in the shed.

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On the left is an Astronomy Chair that Alan and Ron made up from plans a gentleman bought into our shed and they did and excellent job. Centre is four Buddy Seats made up for the Rotary Club of Rockhampton Fitzroy, the steel legs were cut and welded by Lorne and Peter and the timber machined by Col, Chris and Peter then assembled before being oiled ready for the Rotary Club to install them into local schools.  On the right is a number of frames made up for Lysaght Rockhampton to display the older style of roofing iron and the different logos on some of them, thanks to Peter for making these up.      

4 BBQ Tables for Cubs Football  Club

We made up four adult size BBQ tables for the local Cubs Football Club in Gracemere and we finished them with a coating of Raw Linseed Oil and Turps to give them a clear finish to enhance the grain of the timber and also protection from the weather.

 This Yard Glass Display Stand was made by Cliff.  These Yard Glasses are far and few between these days.

End of Year Dinner at Gracemere Bowls Club

 We enjoyed a great night at the Gracemere Bowls Club for the members and their partners to celebrate a fantastic year of progress at our Gracemere Men's Shed Inc.  This year we had 38 attending.  Top marks to the five members of the Bowls Club who set up the venue for us and the meals were excellent.  A big thanks to the Gracemere Bowls Club who put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes to make the night so successful for us.

 With the venue being air conditioned it made our night much more enjoyable.  Our lucky door prize was won by Col West and our $50 dollar meat tray was won by Ian Lovegrove.
The meat tray was kindly donated by Bucko's Beef City Meats in the Gracemere Shopping World, we thank them very much and ask the locals to support them.  On the right above was two gentlemen soaking up the atmosphere in more ways than one.