About our shed
We have around 100 members with over half attending regularly. Once a month we have Guest Speakers who cover a wide range of interests for our members. On the last Tuesday of each month we have a formal BBQ for our members and Visitors. On other Tuesday we have a small "Sausage Sizzle" for those present. No charge for either. Our Tai Chi Group meet at the Lake Tuggeranong Sea Scout Hall on Tuesdays at 8:30 and a Photography Special Interest Group (SIG) meets at the shed on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 before venturing out to "picture the world". A Cooking Group meets at 0930 on Fridays. Other SIGs are underway. Our History: Communities@Work auspiced and supported our Shed in it’s growth from a series of Men’s Breakfasts in 2007 at St Mary in the Valley Church, Calwell and the Calwell Community Centre (Anglicare). We found a home at the Lake Tuggeranong Sea Scouts Hall in 2008. Early in 2009, we accepted the Lions Club of Canberra City Inc offer of a facility on the Kambah Pool Road where we could do woodwork, metalwork, toy making and undertake both community and personal projects. The ACT Government granted funds for the construction of a purpose built Shed attached to the Tuggeranong Archery Clubs (TAC) Indoor Sporting Complex and in late 2013 we took occupancy of our new facility. We became Incorporated in May 2015 and are in the process of learning to operate as a standalone organisation. Governance: We have a governance structure made up of a Committee of seven (7) with four Executives and three (3) who are elected without specific portfolios to assist in smooth operation of the Shed. We also have several (non-elected) Co-Ordinators who assist the Committee.
Our members gather for morning teas, play cards or just chat and relax
We have a well equipped workshop, with drill presses, band saws, sanding machines, table saws, lathes and work benches; there is also a metal workshop and welding bay.
Note: Only financial Members can use the equipment in the Workshop - new members only after a suitable induction has been completed.
Shed members make many things including wooden toys, repair furniture and work on projects for themselves and community groups.
We are a regular BBQ stall holder at Bunnings Tuggeranong. These events are a major fundraiser for our Shed.
We take on charitable projects to aid the general community.
ACTION BUS - Who and Why
Action Bus chief operating officer Bren Burkevics with Tuggeranong Men's Shed ''toy boys'' Malcolm Mongan, David Turner and Peter Roe.
After a simple walk through a Steer Tag bus at the Action terminal, as well as supplied images of the bus from the company, the three men set about their task. About 60 hours later, the bus was ready.
The work of art was revealed when a white sheet was pulled from atop the newly finished wooden toy at the Tuggeranong Mens Shed.
Peter Roe, Malcolm Mongan and David Turner were proud of their achievement.
Projects co-ordinator Tony Rumball said while the men make quite a few simple wooden toys during the year for charities to give at Christmas time, the bus was a bit more of a challenge.
"It came through as a special request and it was a challenge for who we call the toy boys to see what they could come up with," he said.
Mr Roe spent many hours cutting and polishing individual seats.
"It s pretty close to scale; there are a few things missing like the bars that are usually connected to the roof, but if we did that we wouldn't have been able to take the roof off," Mr Roe said.
"It s a challenge to keep the brain active I suppose, and the interest in
working on wood is something I've only done since I retired." Mr
Roe said juxtaposed against the hand tools and wood, an iPhone
calculator played a big part in helping them scale down the model.
Action bus chief operating officer Bren Burkevics said he was stunned by the finished product.
"We can t believe the detail and we re really impressed with the work that they've done off a few photos and a walk-through; it s remarkable," he said. "It s a Steer Tag bus and it s to scale -- it looks fantastic. We will be passing on the photos of the wooden bus to the manufacturer."
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Men’s Sheds across Australia (that's more Men's Sheds than Macca's restaurants!)
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The first Men's Shed was established in 1993 (Goolwa, South Australia)
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