From the outset, the committee and members have focused on making our shed the ideal workshop with a safe working environment. All our planning and projects have been with this in mind and some of the more significant items are noted below
Best practise hazard procedure is to isolate inflammable liquids in safe storage.
Our separate metal paint shed has been fitted out, keeping combustible materials isolated and there is now a separate space for everything.
The focus now is ensuring members put everything back in position.
No onsite toilet and being told to use the public toilets down the road set the committee a challenge.
We had the incentive, the fittings and the enthusiasm.
Investigations discovered the concrete slab on our site had capped drain outlets where toilets were once located. The loan of a builders site toilet and plumbing expertise resulted in a functioning toilet and external wash basin, all approved by KCDC
Discussions about the limitations of our toilet led to a members enthusiasm to have a bigger toilet with proper hand rails etc. Requirements for a building code compliant wheel chair accessible toilet were located and construction commenced.
Power tool boxes
To help locate power tools, racks and individual boxes were built and tool symbols added. Now all we have to do is train the members to put them back after use.
Mobile Work Benches
The shed requires good working surfaces so moveable work benches were designed and constructed complete with shadow boards and a sled to move them.
More training now needed for members to put the tools back and leave the benches clean & tidy.
The opportunity to remove paving slabs from a demolition site, courtesy McKee Fehl Construction, gave us the chance to fill in some areas that were causing problems and increase our working area
Nuts, Bolts & Screws
Nuts, bolts & screws have been donated to the shed since we started, have been partly sorted but always been a problem. Our saving grace was when James took up the challenge and the outcome is well labelled drawers and containers obvious from the photos and all who go looking.
For more details on this and some words from James himself, click on and read the newsletter 2014 Special Newsletter Aug #1.0
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