Above the Vice President Chris Bailey presented Col Matthews with an Honorary Life Membership of the Gracemere Men's Shed Inc. on behalf of President Kevin Dore and all shed members.
Over the past 10 years Col was instrumental in obtaining funding to build the shed we operate in today.  Col's partner Lola has to be given much of the credit for us obtaining the Grant through the Iwasaki Foundation. During the 10 years Col had been President for four years and Providore for most of that time.  Col with Lola behind him has helped greatly to make the shed what it is today, many thanks Col and Lola for all the hard yards they have put into the shed and a lot of this goes on behind the scenes.
Thankyou from all the members of the Gracemere Men's Shed Inc. 

Presentation to Sarah Mitchel- Anyon

Today we had the pleasure of presenting Sarah with a bouquet of flowers after a short speech by our President Kevin Dore. Kevin thanked her along with the Stanwell Corporation for all the valuable assistance they have given our shed since it was first opened in 2014 at 101 Ian Besch Drive Gracemere. Sarah bought along Brett a third year apprentice to show him first hand how our Men's Shed was set up and operated.

During the morning tea break Sarah and Brett outlined their rolls at Stanwell that was interesting to our members.  Also during the morning Sarah passed onto us some very worthwhile tips to help us proceed now and to continue with our safety programs well into the future.  We are sincerely grateful for these wise words that help us to expand and attract new members.

Work has been done in the shed building a new book case to house all the various books we have collected over the past 10 years.  Three shed members lead by Chris helped greatly to achieve the desired outcome.  Thanks to Ted and Ron for the help they gave during the construction.  The 18mm ply came from the Stanwell Corporation and the pine to make up the timber edge strips came from Dyno Noble at Bajool and we thank these companies for their generosity as it helps us greatly at our Men's Shed.  The bulk of the shelving was sprayed with 5 coats of clear lacquer before the units were installed in the room then the timber edging was glued and tacked in place, trimmed, sanded then all the edging was hand painted with the clear   lacquer to finally complete the project.
The new office desk above allows for two people to sit side by side when working on important documentation that is required from time to time.  The old curved desk was only good for one person to use.  Chris made this desk using 18mm ply recycled from the Stanwell Corporation after they completed a shut down for maintenance.  The finish was done using a 60% Lacquer to highlight the timber grain.

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Maori Ceremonial Sword "A taiaha" in Maori

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Our shed was recently asked if we could manufacture the above ceremonial sword using an original to copy from.  Chris undertook the challenge, and it has turned out OK so far after a few good hours of hard work and thought to complete it.  It still requires an extra two coats of gloss stain to obtain the finish required.

 Donation Boxes, Christmas Trees

The above left donation boxes made for the Rotary Club of Rockhampton Fitzroy and on the right we made up 25 Christmas Trees for the Royal Flying Doctor Service based in Rockhampton.

The above restoration of a duchess was done by Dennis and Chris to get it back to near its original condition.

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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.

Above is the Road Base that we had spread around the back of our shed and continued around the end of the shed and out to the front of the driveway.  This will elimate muddy sections when ever it rains thus making a safer entry and exit from our shed.

 The above Photos are of two children's chairs made by Graham at the shed recently and on the right is a special bed side cabinet made to order by Chris.

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.

2021 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.  Top marks to the 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 for all attending members and their partnres.  We also said goodbye to Cliff Street who was president for the past six months as he was moving down to Brisbane for personal reasons.  Chris Bailey presented Cliff with a plaque and thanked him for services rendered to our shed over recent years on behalf of all members.