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Workshop Tool Safety Guide

With the Phase 1 workshop complete and Phase 2 well on the way, we thought the following guide to using tools safety would be handy…     #workplacesafety

TOOLS AND HOW TO USE THEM

CIRCULAR SAW – portable cutting tool used to make boards too short.

BELT SANDER – An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

WIRE WHEEL – Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to utter a short curse.

DRILL PRESS – A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

MULTI GRIPS – Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.

HACKSAW – One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle… It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.

VICE-GRIPS – Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

OXYACETYLENE TORCH – Used almost entirely for igniting various flammable objects in your shop and creating a fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub froom which you want to remove a bearing race.

TABLE SAW – Large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity. Very effective for digit removal.

HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK – Used for lowering a vehicle to the ground after you have installed your new brake pads, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.

BAND SAW – A large stationary power saw primarily used by most workshops to cut large pieces into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge. Also good for Digit Removal

TWO-TONNE ENGINE HOIST – Tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of all the stuff you forgot to disconnect.

PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER – Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.

STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER – Tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.

CROWBAR – A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a £0.50p part.

PVC PIPE CUTTER – A tool used to make plastic pipe too short.

HAMMER – Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit.

UTILITY KNIFE – Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door. Works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund cheques, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use.

AAAAARRGHHH TOOL – Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the workshop while yelling “Aaaaarrghhh” at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.

Week Ending Friday 6th December

Hiding an awful lot of previous work, the concrete floor is now down…

Hmm, seems like a nice pair of goalposts…

Overall progress is approximately 60%.  This week has seen:

  • Completion of backfilling of the foundations
  • Installation of the underfloor insulation and concrete floor
  • Complete the foundations for the front fittings

Next week the builder will render the passage wall  to match the Legion and commence timber framing of the inside and installing insulation.

Update Tuesday 3rd December

More very visible progress.  The floor is well under way

  • Left side. Damp proof course and under-floor insulation (building regs). Notice the drain connection. Free broom?

End of Week 3

The Phase 2 build continues on track. Quite a visible difference this week due to the wall. The work completed was as follows:

  • The walls were completed to ceiling level
  • The foundations were back-filled ready for under-floor insulation and floor
  • The drain is in for the sink
  • The door opening between the social area and the “Phase 1” Workshop is broken through and initially boarded up

Next week we expect to see the foundations completed for the front fittings, the  underfloor insulation installed and the floor concreted, plus the start of the timber framing

  • Reminder - Alan's model

Another Few Bricks in the Wall

Update – end of the 2nd week

The builders have completed about 25% of the work, and the build is on target:

  • Excavation work is complete
  • Strip foundations are complete
  • The sub-structure is built up to adjoining floor level
  • The drain tie-in is installed
  • Lighting for the back corridor is complete
  • Completed the floor for the new back lobby between the Legion and our room

Next phase of work is to back-fill the foundations and start building the Phase 2 interior / corridor walls

Phase 2 footings

Quick update: foundations dug out as per plan last week, this week the concrete for the footings is in place and blockwork started, picture is Tuesday 19th Nov, a.m.

Phase 2 footings

Phase 2 footings

Phase 2 is happening

On Tuesday 12th November, we started on the build of Phase 2 – the social area.

The final formalities were completed in the preceding days leaving the coast clear for the builders to move in.  The first stage is to remove the current undercroft base area and to dig down to provide the new foundations.  The slabs were lifted on Tuesday and breaking up the sub cement began, with this continuing on Wednesday.  The design of the existing columns now exposed was inspected and construction details agreed, then excavation continued on the Thursday … and we did find granite, as partially expected! The good news is that enough can be removed to meet the architectural requirements of the new base and floor, so one big what-if is settled.

By Friday late morning, progress was good (photo) with the expectation that most of the foundations will be dug out by the evening.

It’s really heartening to see this work started after several years in the making.  We’ll keep you updated

Phase 2 under way – from behind the safety barriers!

Phase 1 Opening Day

Saturday 2nd November 2019, the official opening of the Banchory Men’s Shed.  After much work over several years by a lot of people, we finally got there, with the opening of the Phase 1 Workshop section.

Firstly, many thanks to all those who have input to the fruition of the Banchory Men’s Shed – the Board of Trustees all the way from from 2015, all the members – present and those sadly passed – the Banchory Legion Scotland, all the donors and supporters from all walks of life, the Scottish Men’s Shed Association, and Bruce McCombie Builders.

Following our opening day, and with the Phase 1 area organised into a combined social area and workshop (until Phase 2 is complete), we held our first social in our new premises on the following Tuesday, with an already increased turn-out.

Here are a few photos of this momentous occasion!

  • The essentials for a Men's Shed - a Tea Urn

We are hoping to hear imminently about the commencement of the Phase 2 build (see here for how the phasing works) and will update you as soon as things are confirmed.

Phase 1 Workshop Area Now Open!

Banchory Men’s Shed are pleased to announce that the building works for the “Phase 1” Men’s Shed premises (the workshop area) are now complete and open.

We are holding a public opening on

Saturday 2nd November 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

(to 12:00 noon) at the premises under the Banchory Legion in Ramsay Road

Phase 1 area (workshop) – Waiting for the floor paint to dry…

All are invited to come along and see the completed workshop area, view the plans for the Phase 2 building and see the model of the whole Shed premises, together with other relevant exhibits.

Share your ideas on how we can help the local community, consider making donations to help maintain the BMS.  Areas of support could include donation of your old unused garden and workshop tools which the BMS will refurbish and sell on – we are considering a home collection service in the near future.

Free tea, coffee and biscuits available

This opening coincides with the Legion’s monthly Book Sale, so please come along and support that as well.

Phase 2 also now fully funded

We can also announce that the “Phase 2” (Social area) fund-raising has reached its target of £57,000, thanks to some very hard work put in.   We are now obtaining final confirmatory quotes to enable us to plan the next phase of building work.  This will be significantly more extensive than the Phase 1 area and we will update you as this progresses.

Whilst 2nd November is the public opening date, the Men’s Shed has of course been in operation for some time and all are welcome to our social meets every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m.  Over the coming weeks, these will move from their previous location upstairs in the Legion to the new workshop area, which will start out in life as a mixed social/workshop space.