Shed report to Committee February/March 2019


The shed is in good shape with everyone busy and there is a pleasant, relaxed, positive feeling to the place.

Projects (Outside)

Bait tunnels for Brook Sanctuary Production still continues on this project with the production/assembly jigs allowing any member with spare time to continue production. Trent has been doing a great job on this project so as long as the plywood and core flute keep coming we will pump them out. Just right now there appears to be a shortage of core flute so if anyone out there knows of a source (perhaps from the Real Estate Industry) that would be great.

Rodent trap tunnels for Brook Sanctuary The Rodent trap project has now passed through the prototype stage and members under the guidance of John Martin are producing the traps.

Angel Boxes We recently supplied an Angel box but regular production of these is somewhat unsure at this stage.

Iron Duke Sea Scout Group boat refurbishment This project under coordinator Peter McGowan and Gavin is a very worthwhile community project and the fiberglass “clinker” cutter repair has now been completed whilst the Sunburst dinghies still have more work to complete on them. Peter has full time work at the moment and so is putting in the hours on the weekend.

Hospice Tree Plaque project This project is still on track with Reg as coordinator and various prototypes have been produced. There has been a delay on the project however as the actual layout of the tree planting area is not completed at this stage.

Marsden Valley Park Community Notice Board Project This project under Mark Cox, ably assisted by temporary member Sam Broaddus (from Maine USA) is now complete.

Outdoor seating at Nelson Intermediate School This project is now under way and progressing well.

Table refurbishment for Salvation Army A rectangular dining table had the original damaged surface repaired, sanded and re oiled by Ian and is now back on display and for sale.

Another table for the Salvation Army, (this time a round one) has had the legs reinforced, rebuilt and reglued by Richard.

Toy production As membership increases it becomes increasingly important for members to have a focus and work to do. Production jobs such as the traps and pegs are ideal. Another idea being put forward is to produce a range of wooden toys and to this end Grant and Robert are investigating possibilities.

Projects (in-house)

Work Box This joint project with Mitre10 Mega under the guidance of Denis is now completed. The electrical system, alarm system, final tool installation and sign writing have just been completed and the box is ready to be deployed.

Metal Lathe Willem continues to complete jobs on the metal lathe and is currently repairing and modifying one of our compound drop saws and machining a smoke stack for a model locomotive enthusiast.

Trailer Donation Our trailer is now getting plenty of use and with the new jockey wheel donated by Shane is really easy to manoeuver. (great for tired old backs!)

Action Engineering (Power hacksaw) Action engineering kindly donated a large heavy duty power hacksaw but we had to admit that it was somewhat larger than we needed and so we reluctantly returned it.

Metal band saw donation The lightweight metal cutting band saw on the other hand has proved perfect for our purposes and Colin has completed some comprehensive modifications that have improved its efficiency no end.

Woodworking band saw We recently purchased a secondhand high quality “Tanner” band saw and this has been fully refurbished and commissioned by Mike. It is proving to be an excellent efficient machine.

Steel framed timber racks Colin and Wayne have now completed the last of the steel timber racks and they are being put to good use.

Raised gardens John Martin has a proposal to put in raised gardens, the produce of which could well go to needy members of the local community. This proposal will go to the next committee meeting.

Rubbish removal Rubbish removal has now well sorted. We have a second bin and Colin gets up with the sparrows on Tuesday morning to ensure collection.

Potton Burton Publishing office furniture donation After having just used and sold much of the donated office furniture from the Crowe Howarth donation we were approached by Potton Burton publishing who are relocating their distribution centre to Auckland. Grant, Colin, Denis and Wayne dismantled and transported a considerable quantity of valuable shelving and quality desks back to the shed using our new trailer towed by Wayne’s ute. At the time of writing it would appear that there is already interest in these units for resale.

Bench redesign Kevin Roughton’s donated bench has been modified to better suit Willems requirements.

Mire 10 Mega Timber Donation We had just sorted and racked the donated timber from Ruby Bay Joinery and Denis happened to be in the right place at the right time. Basically Murry at Mitre 10 Mega suggested that we mark any nonsalable timber in their yard and it would be delivered. Three!!! truck loads turned up and with the help of our on site on loan forklift and resident driver Colin plus a cast of thousands we painstakingly stacked and racked.

The Peg Project Richard, Mark and Colin designed and built a sliding jig to fit on a spare table saw that new member Lindsay Begg refurbished and builders/garden peg production began in earnest to plow through the enormous stack of 50x50 timber. This is known as the Trent and Colin show and so far these two have raised over $500 with more to come. If we can get a steady supply of timber this could be a great money earner for us.

Nigel Brown’s Aotearoa map project. Nigel’s father kindly donated a large belt sanding machine to us (as well as other equipment to Waimea Menzshed). For payment we agreed to make a wooden map of Aoteroa to mount on his father’s rest home wall. This was a joint venture with Waimea Menzshed. Waimea CNC machined the map and John Rominger has the project virtually complete. The solid timber map is mounted on a recycled rimu tongue and groove background resulting in an outstanding piece of fine woodworking art!

Drawing board Very early on in the shed’s history, master draughtsman/designer Mark Cox had drawn up a very sophisticated adjustable drawing board, but only recently was it completed by our American visitor Sam. The drawing board is now set up in the “Drawing office” up stairs.

Members projects Boats From time to time members bring projects of their own into the shed and it would seem that small wooden boats are the current flavour with Ian, Gregg and Ron spending time on the boats when not doing the charity side of our operations. Ex-professional boat builder Gavin is proving to be a valuable resource in this area. Citrus tree frost protection Mark is building an octagonal masterpiece of design and art to keep the winter frost off his citrus trees. This could well be a prototype for a possible production run for the Shed in the future. The Yurt One of the most interesting projects under way at the moment is Stephen Clare’s Yurt. Progress on this project has been a little slow as Stephens’s health has not been great lately.

Membership Membership is still steadily increasing and we have twenty plus Sheddies regularly on the shed floor. New member Dennis Ready joined us in recent weeks. Dennis is wheel chair bound so we have set up a ramp system to aid his mobility. Don had been absent for a number of weeks after his accident and stroke so it was great to have him drop in briefly recently. Don didn’t relish the long bike ride home to Stoke so Wayne took Don and bike home at the end of the day. Temporary member Sam Broaddus from Maine USA recently returned home having totally enjoyed the comradeship and the general positive attitude of the members. He thought the Menzshed concept was amazing and can’t wait to get back here for the next down under summer.

Sunday opening Sunday opening would appear to be going well and it is a great opportunity for members who work during the week to attend.

Safety There would appear to be no safety issues at present but we must be mindful of our safety obligations particularly if we have nonmembers in the shed who may not be competent operators of machinery. Wayne has been in talks with Eddie Shields at NMIT and we are investigating a more sophisticated safety assessment system.

Looking Ahead We recently voted for one of twooptions for the shed management structureand over the next few weeks we will see the changes taking place as systems are put in place to involve more people in the decision making and spreading the admin work load


Have you been to the Suter Gallery recently? Below is a sculpture by Lee Woodman, very worthwhile viewing. Inspiring for all.

Escape Plan by Lee Woodman

Hi Robert,
Thanks so much for your email and your enthusiasm for my sculpture, I'm glad to hear it spoke something to you. Yes certainly you can use any pictures for your website, just be clear in the credit it's part of the Nelson Suter Art Society Autumn show, within the Suter Art Gallery.
A good bunch of the ladders were made from timber Venetian blinds found at the recycling center!
I haven't been down to the menzshed yet, but I love the idea and will pop my head in someday. Zac is trying to entice me to join!

Enjoy the cool sounds.


The Car Company

Wayne Logan and Philip Chapman of the Nelson Whakatu Menzshed receive a generous donation from The Car Company and Shane Drummond (right).

Sam admires the stunning carving on the Waka presently stored at the Menzshed for Waitangi Day Celebrations.

Some good reading below.

Welcome to the latest round-up of Shed related items from the Executive, and around the country.
Click the link to find the National Menzshed news letter.

The Committee hopes that you all had a good Christmas break and wishes you and your loved all the very best for 2019. 
With the new year comes new challenges and goals and for our shed it has become apparent with our growing membership that our use of the main shed space needs to be addressed. 
We would like to ask for volunteers to form a "Workshop Team" to oversee development of the main shed into a space that can be effectively used by members for personal and community projects.The "Team" will also evaluate any donations offered to the Shed so that we can gauge how useful potential donated items might be and if we wish to take them. 
Please respond to this email if you are interested in being on a "Workshop Team"  to help us get the most out of our Shed.Many thanks Graeme O'Brien (former) Secretary .

AGM.2018 Election of officers.

Open Day at the Shed 27 October 2018

With a number of landmark events occurring at the Shed in recent weeks we decided to hold an Open Day to celebrate the fantastic progress that had been made since MNW moved into our new premises at the old Reliance engineering shop on Haven Rd. Primarily the Opening marked the fact that we are truly operational now, with a well appointed machine shop, smoko room, additional space for large projects, office space for seminars and meetings, and a number of other workshop bays including electrical repair, welding bay , metal turning , paint shop, carving area and boat repair.

The formal part of the day began with a unveiling of a traditional crafted wooden nameplate over our front entrance carved by father and son carvers Shane and Cairo, a supporting karakia, and an unveiling and speech by city councillor Stuart Walker to mark the occasion. Stuart noted the great progress that had been made by the group and how the setup had occurred so quickly and efficiently through the combined efforts of the members, while also reaffirming the councils commitment to continuing support of the Nelson Whakatu Menzshed initiative with appropriate funding and assistance with new purpose built premises in the future. A steady stream of visitors were welcomed with a sausage sizzle (compliments of Mega mitre 10) and a guided tour, with a number of new members joining up on the day.

Our host Sheddies received lots of positive feedback about the general buzz occurring in the Shed environment, the number of community assisted projects already implemented, and the great facilities and equipment that had been amassed and operational in the Shed itself. It also provided us with a additional opportunity to market our purpose and brand to fellow Nelsonians, including the launch of our new Community Assist programme, and it’s certainly an event we will replicate regularly in the future to keep in contact with our surrounding and supportive local community.


Oreo Award for Innovation

Colin has modified this metal band-saw. He has renewed the base and raised the platform to an ergonomically sensible height suitable for older users. The addition of pull-out handles with which to comfortably tilt and roll the device into the best location adds to its safe usage. The variable speed pulley system is cleverly concealed in an easily accessible enclosure on the left top. A clamp allowing a firm grip on pieces being sawn has been added, as has an adjustable horizontal work-piece support bar and a retractable tray below which catches the fine metal waste from the saw. Altogether a supreme effort. Colin gets this week’s Oreo Award for Innovation.

Colin designs and builds rear and front trolley mechanisms for shifting the Work Box. Willem turns steel wheels on lathe.


Below is a growing series of images documenting the activities and progress of the Nelson/Whakatū Menzshed

Light Nelson Festival

Larrise Hall asked for help constructing a huge table for one of her entries in the Light Nelson Festival. The Nelson/Whakatu Menzshed came to the party. Below are a sequence of the day's effort. Saw horses and table tops had already been expertly consructed and these together with many 4 by 2's needed to be transported to the site at "The Queen's Gardens" all to be snuggly fitted together, but not without some initial head scratching and a blip or two.

A successful day's fun was had by all.


18 recent photos below of the new shed and activities within. 


The Workbox delivered to the Reliance building ready for finishing work ie interior lining, shelving, painting etc.


If you get a shed, they will come   Nelson Mail  6 Apr 2018 

The first get-together at the new Reliance workshop area. Image courtesy of Stuff/Nelson Mail

The first get-together at the new Reliance workshop area. Image courtesy of Stuff/Nelson Mail

The Nelson Menzshed groups have merged and been given the Reliance Engineering building as a new base by the Nelson City Council.
An old engineering shed in Nelson has an enthusiastic bunch of new occupants in the form of Menzshed members.
Almost two years after the Nelson Menzshed asked the Nelson City Council for help in finding suitable premises, the organisation has a new home in the old Reliance Engineering building on Haven Rd.
The two urban Menzshed groups, Nelson and, Whakatū merged last year and are in the process of getting the shed set up. Co-chair Philip Chapman said the group had been given a year lease on the council-owned building and $10,000 from the community fund to get it going.
Fellow co-chair Denis Moriarty said the group were ‘‘absolutely delighted’’ with the space.
‘‘It’s exciting to have a roof over our heads because it has been a long time coming.’’
Moriarty said the group had about 50 members who came from different backgrounds and had a diverse range of skills.
It was ‘‘ hammer time’’ that brought them all together, the chance to work on projects, seek help from others and give back to the community.
The new premises included a design room, seminar room and of course, a smoko room.
‘‘It looks like everyone is just sitting around having a cup of tea but it is basically the engine room of a Menzshed, it’s about mateship, fellowship, fraternity and sharing ideas,’’ Moriarty said.
‘It’s not just about catering for a certain section of the community, it’s about what those people can give back as well.’’
Chapman said the council understood that men could suffer from social isolation in old age and that the Menzshed aimed to combat that.
‘‘All the research indicates it is males that don’t have networks so this shed fills a real gap for those men.
‘‘If you set up a support group for older men over a cup of coffee, no-one would come.
‘‘You set up a shed and you get hundreds.
‘‘There are hundreds of men with great skills just out there painting their letterbox for the tenth time, bored out of their trees,’’ Chapman said.
‘‘You will find incredible skills in the older generation and I think they are undervalued and they are disappearing so we need to teach some of these skills to younger guys.’’
Chapman said they were keen to hear from anyone who wanted to join, or had tools to donate and could help in getting the shed set up.
Anyone interested in joining the Menzshed can drop into the shed at 234 Haven Rd on Tuesday or Thursday from 9.00 am onwards.


A brief pictorial journey of the Menzshed settin up.


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