October 2017 Newsletter

Shed Progress

  • During the last week the Shed has taken on a new look with a habitable mezzanine floor. The rickety ladder has been replaced by gal. steel stairs and railings .
  • The floor is complete and much of the framing for the work rooms upstairs has been erected , mainly due to the efforts of Tom Skinner ,John Jones and John Humphrey (a new member with vast TAFE experience).
  • The plastering and plumbing upstairs will be contracted out. I’m guessing our resident electricians will do the wiring.
  • The disability lift attached to the stair rail should be fitted soon.
  • Not such good news with the Internet/ phone connection. Despite many “robust “ discussions with NBN and Telstra by Ken and John, we are incommunicado for the foreseeable future, except for the use of members mobile phones, if they work!

Saturday Mornings

Until Christmas, the shed will be open each Saturday until 1 pm to enable the public to see our setup and buy shed made articles.

Staffing will be roster free with the incentive offered of up to 2 personal member items for participants being displayed in garage sale mode. The understanding is that sellers be present and that the unsold member items be REMOVED at 1 pm. A small commission to the shed would also be appreciated.


Disability boards for the hospital are complete. Nice work boys.

Project News

  • Our thanks to retiring builder Terry Lockett who donated many valuable items from his workshop.
  • Tom Skinner has asked that workers leave the saw tables free of tools like measuring tapes. They apparently become great missiles if they wander onto a spinning blade.

This Retro bookcase was made by Barry Guest as a commission job.

4 members are building guitars. Zoltan Matt P, Scotty and Barry are learning from each other.

Glen Cox constructed this telescope display box out of rosewood lately.
The owner was wrapped in the workmanship. See profile later.

Ken Ryan and others have been working on these drink tables (20 needed).
Some pretty ordinary timber jazzed up and sprayed in our new booth.

A 10 minute project ! 
To store computer /phone cables, cut 45 degree slots in a timber strip 
and attach at the back of a built in robe. Works well...

Grant Success

Ken has secured a $2500 Federal grant through AMSA for a drill/mill with accessories along with a MIG welder and dust extractor. We appreciate his labour in fitting electrical droppers to 6 free standing machines. Old men and ladders are a worry , but Ken improvised.

Other Business

  • Just a reminder that Shed Shirts can be bought from Stitch Effex at Northside Shopping Centre at any time (Mon to Fri) They cost $29 with front embroidery and name
  • Remember – no painted timber to be passed through the thicknessers, bobbin or drum sander. 
  • Try to make abrasive machines last more than a week by cleaning with the rubber stick !
  • Maintenance log sheets are now in place on many machines. Please note any adjustments or service done.
  • Ron has planned another barbecue next Friday at lunch. Don’t forget.
  • AGM is scheduled for December 13th at 10AM.

Member Profile - Glenn Cox

I was born in Bellingen in 1954, my father worked at Bellingen butter factory and later at CDA milk and butter factory at Raleigh. I went to school at Bellingen Public School and one year at Bellingen High School. 

At the end of 1967 we moved to Coffs Harbour where I finished my schooling at Coffs Harbour High. At the end of 1970 I left school and Started work at Dawson’s as an apprentice cabinet maker where I worked for 2 years. I finished my apprenticeship at Coffs Harbour Joinery. After this I worked for Modern Kitchens and then Graham Luchetti up until 1988 when I started my own business, “Classy Cabinets” which I had for 11 years, after which I worked for G & A Cabinets, Infracraft Joinery and then Coastal Wardrobes and Kitchens where I still work on a casual basis. 

I volunteered at the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum for 2 years and now at the Men’s shed. In 1983 I married Yvonne Mckee, we have 2 children, daughter Christie who works for a local courier company and son Daniel who is a musician and lives on the Gold Coast.

After leaving school I got interested in Motorsport and watched local Rally events, Hillclimbs and travelled to Surfers Paradise to watch Drag racing and Touring car events. In the late 1970’s I started running at Drag racing events at Surfers Paradise International Raceway in my modified Datsun 1600 road car. After this I built a Datsun 1000 ute drag car which I trailered to Surfers Paradise and competed until about 1986. 

In the early 1980’s I joined Coffs Harbour and District Sporting Car Club (of which I am now a life member) and started running at Motor Khana events in my road car. After finishing my drag racing due to family commitments I started running local Khanacross, Autocross and Hillclimb events for many years, also involving my children who both learnt to drive competing in Khanacross and Hillclimb events from a young age. 

I was involved in the car club as a committee member, Vice President and Treasurer. I was also on the organising committee for the Coffs Harbour Rally for 10 years for which I wrote the Road Book and did Sweep Car duties. After my children left home I decided to build myself a rally car which I always wanted, so I built the Datsun 120y that was the Khanacross car that the kids learnt to drive in, into a rally car and competed in Rally Sprints for about 8 years. I still compete in an occasional Khanacross to keep my skills sharp.

I also like camping and caravanning. We used to holiday at Scotts Head every Christmas for 2 weeks in our caravan when the Kids were young and up until the time that they left school. We also have a camper trailer and we usually try to have a couple of weeks away camping every year.

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