Where is the Shed?
What do I need to bring?
If you have a specific project you wish to work on then bring that in as well. Please wear enclosed shoes and avoid ‘floaty’ clothing eg scarves, jewellery or anything that could get caught in equipment.
What is supplied by the Shed?
Drills, sanders, saws (eg drop and table), hammers, files, screws, sandpaper, tape measures, wood (donated items and pallet wood), glues and more.
There is also a small library with a selection of books including DIY and maintenance, novels and cooking.
Do I have to be a member?
If you wish to use the equipment membership is necessary. It is membership that pays for the necessary insurance to cover you for accidental injury when using items such as the drop saw.
The introductory visit to see what the Shed is like and what we have is available to anyone.
It is also ok to participate in some workshops, eg mosaics that do not use equipment such as the drop saw, without membership.
Membership is required to use electrical equipment.
What does it cost?
Membership is $30 per year: 1 July to 30 June.
Session fee: $2 per visit to Shed.
Workshop fees will vary as they are calculated according to costs.
Why does it cost?
It is necessary to charge some fee as running the Shed does cost for:
- the initial cost of equipment (saws, hammers, drills, sanders, vacuum cleaners etc)
- replacement for breakages and parts (eg baseplate for palm sander)
- hardware eg screws and sandpaper
What are the membership and session fees spent on?
Any fees collected all goes back to the Shed:
- insurance to cover for any accidental injury as well as public liability
- equipment eg drills, saws, vacuum cleaners
- hardware eg sandpaper, screws, vacuum bags
When does the Women’s Shed move to the Men’s Shed?
There is no definite date for this move yet. It is dependent on completion of the new facilities at the Thurgoona Men’s Shed. Keep an eye on both the website and Facebook for updates.
Are there any fund raising activities?
Fundraising: Bunnings BBQ once or twice a year and seek out grants from Government and other organisations are the main sources of funding other than fees. Local organisations and businesses have also been generous to provide assistance.
We request assistance with these activities from members.
Who can come to the Women’s Shed?
All women are welcome at the shed! It is a supportive and welcoming environment where we share knowledge, skills and learn together.
We are a community where all members are accepted and embraced from all walks of life and age groups.
You are welcome to call in to see what we are about at any of the sessions.
It is necessary to be a member to use equipment as this ensures you are covered by insurance.
How can I help at the Shed?
Attending is important as it provides us with the motivation to continue the project.
Share any skills you have with other members.
Assist for an hour or two when we run the Bunning’s BBQ (Once or twice a year only)
Become a committee member.
Assist to maintain the Web Site and Facebook.
Or if you have a particular skill and would like to share let us know?
What do women make at the Shed?
Types of projects undertaken by members include: restoration of furniture; use pallet wood to make Adirondack chairs, planter boxes and coffee tables; shape birds, trees and dragonflies from wood using a band saw or scroll saw as gifts and decorations; native bee hotels; and mosaic table, pots and boards with designs of their choice.
The type of project is up to the individual.
If advice is required to complete a project we will be happy to make suggestions. We encourage members to be accepting and considerate of others projects.
What are the safety requirements at the shed?
Please avoid ‘floaty’ clothing that may get caught in machines. Wear closed toed shoes and please tie your hair back when using machines.
At the shed
PPE: Use personal protective equipment such as safety goggles, ear muffs and dust masks when operating machines. We will provide you with these if you would like, but you’re welcome to bring your own if you would prefer (they are quite personal items).
Safe operating of tools: Once you’re a member you’ll be introduced to the equipment through an induction process. Someone will be available to show you how to operate different tools and we aim to run some more workshops about tool use in the future.
What are the amenities and parking at the Shed?
Kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities basic crockery supplied – donation to cover the cost of hot drinks. UHT milk normally available.
Water available to purchase at $1.50 per bottle.
Parking out the front of the building or across at the carpark at K-Mart or around the corner at Kiewa Street Carpark.