We do try to keep a record of projects and when someone has remembered to photograph them it is great to be able to look back and see what we achieved!
From small beginnings
It is amazing what a bunch of creative people will come up with!
One of Phil’s green trees finds a new home.
For the last few weeks Graham has been bringing in rotten pieces of timber and copying them in new hardwood!
Another nicely made mystery piece by Graham.
Graham’s mangle revealed!
Memories from simpler mechanical days turning similar handles for our mums.
Phil’s stylised reindeers waiting for a little sanding.
Some of Phil’s lanterns being tested in proper dark condition1
Much later we saw these parts were important for a grand project.
Graham sometimes had help from the other Graham (engineering) to make accurate biscuit joints.
Some of us began to guess he was making a tray – maybe with a new idea for sweeping out the crumbs?
Graham’s tray in position – ready to collect the water squeezed out by those powerful rollers.
Phil’s most ghostly lantern so far!
Peter made this bowl in less than two hours.
This metal cutting bandsaw donated from the family of a clockmaker was got going by Rob. Surprisingly it cut brass sheet easily!
Trying to organise upstairs in the shed to a more useful space Brian and Rob made some new benches. As usual all materials were just what we had – so cost is zero.
Brian and Rob answered a request from Toby Henderson Autistic School to repair 2 Velux windows, (pic here is of a good hinge – we forgot to photograph the broken wood). We also adjusted the catch on this new door and got a little paint applied before the winter rains!
Phil has a brilliant eye for design. He made several versions of these ready for Christmas decorations. This is the only one we were quick enough to snap!
We only rarely receive letters at the shed, but Rob and Dennis decided to cut a hole in the door and make this brass flap to keep the rain out.
The many faces of Phil’s lamps!
Phil is trying out some haloween lantern ideas.
Graham’s latest pair of planters are engineering perfect in their accuracy.
Fran popped in to finish the walking stick for her Dad. The turned handle was drilled and epoxy resined on to the hazel stick.
Her pyrograph decoration makes it a very personal present.
Alan made this cute piece for some very special young people.
Malcolm made these oak dice with great precision even the rounded corners all have the same radius!
Phil made this oak chopping board with the grain going the correct up and down way. Phil’s accuracy as always is perfect and seemingly effortless!
David’s approach to cutting so many mortice and tenon joints showed his professional experience.
Peter made use of the power cut last week to glue these 4 pieces together and this week he turned them into a rather interesting bowl.
Nostalgia for 1976
The two Ronnies are fondly remembered by Alan. Everyone seemed to spend the whole afternoon smiling the day Alan showed us this!
Brian refurbished this toolmakers cabinet to nearly the original quality of finish. Rob made a new key to fit the lock.
The Ashington Veterans like to play bingo on their bus trips, so Rob made a board to help them keep track of play.
Alan’s new stool is an improvement on the last one – more stable, more accurate and this time he used the ‘waste wood’ to make a pair of bookends!
Brian refurbished this beautiful ‘Tambour Roll Front’ cabinet, which had suffered years in a damp shed.
Malcolm brought in his unique coffee table. Look closely at the resin centre panel to see the coffee beans!
Peter turned this oak bowl successfully confounding the rest of us who thought the crack would lead to disaster!
Peter turned a bit of a trunk that eventually revealed quite a lot of soft rot! Undetered he scorched it to produce an ‘object of interest’.
Brian had us all guessing when he first turned this cylinder with detail!
Alan’s sister in law had a need for a foot stool so Alan made this perfectly proportioned project!
Graham’s engineering background was obvious when he made this new square for the sander.
Keith made this clock in the shape of an historical 1000 mile Italian motor race track called the Millie Miglia. Stirling Moss drove the route at an average of 99mph!
Graham making a pair of rather nice planters.
Keith and Brian rightly proud of their construction of the bench for the William Purves memorial garden.
Thanks to Loud Photography for the photo.
Mark and Lee have been experimenting with Lee’s new laser cutter. Their first result cut in 2mm ply looks pretty impressive!
Malcolm made this oak whisky flight.
We put a brass label with the shed name to show who made this super quality item!
The shed was awarded a Parish Council Community Service Award. Well done us!
We got lots of interest with our display of recent successes!
Keith the falconer examining the finished stand. He seemed really pleased with it. We hope he’ll find the time to come back and make another himself!
A Falconer asked if we could turn a large stand with some ash he had been carefully seasoning for the last 8 years. We had never turned anything as big or heavy, but Brian and Dennis gave it a try!
Brian receiving the Parish Council Award.
Lee’s fabulous display of pens got the most interest and some new orders!
Rob finally got his weather vane fished and working!
Ashington Veterans and Elders have been working hard to produce another batch of brilliantly painted items ready for their monthly sale. It is easy to see how they manage to raise so much money for their charities!
Planter – Phil always has a professional standard of accuracy and finish.
Brian made another sturdy stool.
Alan made yet another box – this one made from one solid block of wood.
Rob made a new bench for the noisy dusty machining area.
Adrian’s dovetail jointed planters are also finsihed.
Lee has so many people who want a pen. Here is his latest designs, he is experimenting with various acrylics and hardwoods.
This bespoke shelf is Susan and Gary’s first project in the shed. With a little help from Mark.
Alan’s fine box – he says he has a few more ideas to add!
Fran made a banjo starting with the neck made from a poplar tree!
Also showing the detail of the bridge and tail piece.
Fran started to learn wood turning – first lesson was to make a large amount of perfectly formed shavings.
Alan’s fine box, now with a stay, brass ring lifters and a really accurate black wood catch.
Rob made an easily moveable stand for the router table.
He was rather pleased with the tool drawer.
Graham taking his finished wheelbarrow planter home.
Keith added a makers mark to his bed.
Fran’s finished banjo. It plays! She did say it goes out of tune rather easily so maybe Fran or others will be starting a new instrument?
Keith’s magnificent Victorian four poster is finished. It will be installed in Caroline’s dolls house.
Brian and Dennis installed four wired linked fire alarms and an extra emergency light. We hope the building inspector will soon be able to sign off the building!
Vince turning out more candle holders for the Elders and Veterans of Ashington charity.
Part of getting the refurbishment signed off we came back at night to do an emergency lighting test!
Glyn got a lot of admiration with his spoon carving
Vince getting rather good at pyography.
Brian made a clever spiral Christmas tree.
A close look at the acrylic, which Lee used for this pen shows the quality of his craftsmanship.
Graham made this super little oak goblet on the lathe.
Lee has started to use a mandril to turn pens on the lathe.
Caroline admiring Adrian’s rather well made artist easel.
For the first time ever, we had a queue to get on a lathe! It is great that more people are coming to the shed and we do now have 3 lathes.
Rob is experimenting with stainless steel tube to make bearings for his kestrel weather vane.
Adrian likes a challenge so with help from Glyn he is cutting these finger joints with mitred corners!
Caroline with lots of help from Brian is making progress with the doll’s house. Next lighting and carpets are being planned.
Lee and Rob rebuilt this lathe stand to support Lee’s lathe. They are still thinking how to cover up the bodged screw fixing.
Brian made a new safety screen for our donated grinder.
Dennis and Adrian checking out Keith’s craftsmanship?
Vince is making candle holders for the Ashington Elders and Veterans Institute who sell them to raise money for the NHS.
Adrian and Brian trying out the super sharp Japanese saws.
Last bits of the sign being added
Keith made this rack to hold our new carving knives.
Rob and Keith used off cuts to make another woodwork bench,
Our favourite dust extractor motor had a worn out motor.
Brian made a new bearing,
so he made a better one,
but the brushes were worn, so he got new ones,
which didn’t fit,
So he cut them to fit,
And now it works fine!
We always knew Rob’s wooden spanner would be useful one day! There cannot be a shed with a better loo roll holder than this made by Keith.
Every bit of wood has its place.
We are so organised! Now just a bit of tidying!
Hanging new units.
Brian organising getting our timbers to the new shed.
The important bit – shall we have a cup of tea?
Simon brought in a two timber bowl he made. We all admired it and quizzed him – amazingly the yellow wood is Berberis from his garden!
Rob made an old fashioned clothes horse for a lovely lady who donated lots of engineering tools to the shed.
Which is your favourite carved spoon?
Glyn’s carving is now so accurate one of these lets the light shine through!
Brian made the coolest santa!
Give vince a bit of birch ply and suddenly brilliant images appear!
Brian repaired the bandsaw with a new drivebelt and a careful realignment.
Lee made this beautiful fruit bowl from some unidentified hardwood, which used to be part of a coffee table!
Lee made this cute little figure with a piece of beech.
Lathe work is being produced faster than it can be photographed!
Bud modified his Christmas tree stand with a new base so this year his tree will not fall over!
Alan repaired a plane handle by inserting two new pieces of timber.
Rob made a wobbly board to show when the shed is open. He used very thick strong springs, but the sign just fell over! After lots of experimenting 4 little bedspring worked rather better.
Keith is putting together a clever drawer to store sharpening stones and diamond cards.
Alan is making this large mahogany box with finger joints.
A wedge of coincidence! Adrian B repaired an axe and Brian is making a new handle for a donated sledge hammer.
Vince is developing a new design for tea light candles.
Adrian B is making metal brackets.
Keith’s arty pyography will be the lid of a new box.
Rob applied his Heath Robinson thinking to repair an old energy wasting lamp!
Brian got the new lathe working and made this excellent beechwood bowl.
Brian fixing the new shed sign made by Rob and Keith.
Brian moved some shelves to the new shed so we can display small projects.
Tea urn takes pride of place.
The drill just about fits under there.
Planning meeting number 33.
Dismantling the Warkworth kitchen.
Dennis and Adrian clear another corner of the old shed.
A new community task – fix a broken sleigh
Brian and Keith soon got it repaired.
Phil was unfazed by second hand wobbly doors and soon had them fitting perfectly.
Keith investigates how this bench was fixed.
Brian and Keith removal day
Phil, Graham and Brian cover everything in Brilliant white.
Dennis + Keith started building the balustrade with stainless steel rods. Later it was finished in double quick time by Brian.
Brian and Phil got quick at putting 31 screws in every ceiling board
Dennis got 4 ring mains and three lighting circuits into the distribution box, mind he never quite got himself in there!
Rob was really happy with his air admittance valve – nobody else noticed.
Finding the hidden support by drilling and drilling again!
Brian’s board lifting aid
As we heave the new stairs into position Graham checks for the required 2m headroom.
North East Organics veg box collection cupboard had been blown over in the December storms. Brian took on the task of repairing it and setting it up in a better position.
Graham O cutting holes in the plaster ready for the sockets.
Rob finds the scaffold is a good place for a nice little sit down.
Meanwhile, after the storm Brian takes on the job of fixing an Earth Balance fence and gate.
Here he gets a railway worker to help extracting the broken posts.
We haven’t finally decided whether to add the planned toilet, but here Adrian is doing the ‘first fix’ for the lighting and extractor fan circuits, just in case!
Fixing OSB board to the walls for strength.
Then covering with plasterboard to give half hour fire resistance.
Graham O doing a round of inspection.
Keith with a bandolier of plasterboard fixings.
It is a surprisingly tough job to pull cables though, especially when somebody has drilled the holes too small!
Dennis makes sure all our wiring is to regulation.
Dennis makes sure we understand the cabling for the second ring main.
It is going to be a great space up here!
Brian takes on the job of fixing all the upper floorboards, helped by Adrian and shown here, Peter.
The second beam goes up quite quickly.
It is slightly ‘banana shaped’ so we are quite pleased when we manage to make the middle of it perfectly level!
We start constructing the first structural stud wall, which will become the permanent support for the beam.
Very quickly we start feeling it is safe to walk under the heavy beam.
Adrian starts fixing joists to the beam.
Adrian getting ready to drill the 16mm holes so the beams can be securely bolted together.
The timber arrived from Percy Hudson.
Brian and Graham W started cutting to make one of the big twin beams, which will hold up the new mezzanine.
Everyone helped with this community task for the Dance Studio.
Jayne wanted the door to open the other way so we removed the frame and turned the whole thing round.
We painted some more.
We wondered when we would hear from Building Control.
And we fitted two new LED strip lights.
A dramatic moment the first half of the beam is propped up.
Our plans receive approval!
We started looking at becoming a registered charity, we re wrote our safety policy and we got some lottery funding!
We painted and painted and painted.
As soon as we hear from Building Control we will start the Mezzanine.
The Ashington Veterans and Elders Institute make flowers, which they sell to raise impressive amounts of cash for an NHS charity. The veterans asked for some help cutting petals and Caroline volunteered saying she might cut ‘one or two’!
Caroline worked with everyone.
The diesel generator was sold destined for a new life at sea.
Keith strengthened the side door
George and Brian cut yet another piece of plasterboard.
Dennis fixes one of the final pieces of plasterboard.
Brian needs two ladders to replace a high tile.
Mark took charge of accurate drawing.
We gave up trying to find a professional to help with our building regulation application and in the end Rob sharpened his pencil and sent some drawings to Northumberland Building Control.
Brian and Rob hired a van, drove to Hartlepool, found the ‘olde Sweet Shop’ and brought back this magnificent 6m high scaffold.
George answered a call from a new community centre in Cambois to make a free mini library.
With advice from Keith Nicholson we increase our bid for resilience funding to finance the refurbishment of the Energy building with the promise of a peppercorn rent.
Keeping well distanced because of lockdown Keith, George, Brian, Adrian and Rob repaired the Earth Balance tarmac drive.
Rob started learning how to make a website by watching 4 hour videos by the very clever Hogan Chua.
Keith, Caroline and Rob did make a few decorations
Mark is making a fan and Hepa filter to ensure dust free spray booth work.
Brian, Keith and Rob using a rubber hammer to practise the black art of paving. It worked with perfect wobble free flatness! Autistic centre can now use a covid safe exit.
Brian made a 2nd table for the MPA Dance Studios
Mark’s fan, look at the finely engineered sliding seal.
Caroline made these decorative hearts
We had a first look inside the Energy Building, which we hope will be our new workshop at the end of the year!
Brian and Rob repaired the Toby Henderson door (again) it was tricky to find any un-splintered timber to fix into!
Margaret again has a Japanese theme in this painting.
Dennis, Adrian and Rob made a table for the new dance group on site.
from 17th March. We Opened again at the end of July 2020 with restricted numbers in the workshop and face masks required inside the building.
It is heartening to see George managed to make this smart box during lockdown.
Rob started on a kestrel shaped weather vane.
Don made this bird feeder Japanese style.
Margaret may not be able to get into the shed just now, but she seems to know what she is doing with a paintbrush!
George is going to find a lot of people copying this romantic candle holder!
George made a copy of this pawn, but which is the original?
Margaret again has a Japanese theme in this painting.
Rob finished another wheelbarrow planter
George keeps designing new phone stands, this one is neat and it also holds a watch.
Brian M, recently joined the shed and already he has made this little cactus holder – his first Shed project!
Brian’s Dolphin on a wave. Look at the quality!
To do or knot to do?
Some of us have been trying to solve this puzzle for longer than Brian has taken to accurately mark and cut and make them fit together!
George made this stainless steel log and axe some time ago, but now he has used it in his new phone charger stand.
Rob then added a little brass plate so the new owners of the planter would remember where it came from!
George has been creating these wonderful painted Christmas decorations.
Keith is lying down on the job in the kitchen, but making a brilliant job to undercut the door jambs, whilst Rob is having a pensive moment, admiring his work and thinking about where to lay the next board.
Rob was pleased with the look of his signs to point people in the direction of our shed.
Colin took a little bit of bench top and made this sleek dolphin. The fixing of the stand was an engineering triumph!
George made these Christmas decorations by slicing small logs and then painting these delicate bird images.
The floor is nearly done, but what about the dust?
Shame Rob’s signs did not really stand out so he painted them. Now he just needs to fix the blistering paint!
Dennis made these fabulous cricket stumps for his lucky grand children!
The Shed had a request from Carers Northumberland to help a couple in Amble. They had seen hard times over the last year and had been living on a concrete floor. The Shed took on the challenge we laid a laminate floor. The magnificent three, Rob, Keith and Brian did the job, though there were a few tired limbs the next day! Age creeps onwards!
We had enough laminate to do the entrance hall as well.
Yet more creativity by Keith … An beautiful elliptical box.
Rob found this 1927 gramophone in a ditch fifty years ago. It needed some repairs, a little tidying and now it is ready to play “Enjoy Yourself”!
Keith got creative with end grain making a Key-fob.
George made this neat box with impressive mitre corners.
Rob then took the wheelbarrow apart again to apply wood preservative in every joint.
Keith’s jewellery box has a two tone lid, bespoke hinges, a velvet lining and his insert tray sinks slowly in place as the air escapes!
Keith’s speciality … another box … his wife must have a lot of jewellery!
George developed the candle holder idea using this attractive cherry wood branch.
Keith started, simply playing with dovetails, but he kept adding interest until he had produced a classy Jewellery box.
Keith’s end grain symmetry makes the lid special.
Rob declared his wheel barrow planter finished.
Mark made these rather clever coasters.
Mark completed these bespoke planters and installed them in the Toby Henderson garden.
Caroline made this stylish display case for her mineral collection.
Brian made this smart plant pot rack and Mark added the decoration.
We begin to get the new wood store organised.
Steve made both this unique cake stand and also these ‘lollipop cakes’!
Brian made this large sign for the front of the shed. It is rather grand!
Enjoying autumn sunshine and testing Brian’s design for a new picnic table – all made from pallet timber!
We add a letter box to the new wood store.
Brian made these brilliant sawing trestles.
Mark has been busy making coasters for a sale of goods later in the year.
I bet Brian is going to have a few people trying to copy these robins!
Rob and Brian made these large shelves for the Toby Henderson Autistic Centre.
Mark likes to give himself a challenge – these dovetails are so accurate!
An order was placed by Bedlington Dr Pitt Allotments for 5 outdoor notice boards.Two shown here.
Mark also made these candle holders.
Brian topping out with the final roof panel of our marvellous new lean-to.
The eagle landed at the allotment and fitted with a rotating base, so its a weather vane as well !
George is making this base for a golf trophy. He is using a mini router for accuracy.
Brian made a new adapter for a circular saw blade when a request came in from the Autistic Centre requiring a cube to be constructed. This filled a Friday afternoon for Brian and Adrian.
Building the new store. Soon we will have a secure place for all our timber.
Brian’s eagle has a scary look so the crops do survive and the pigeons stay away!
Rob completed his bird table, made from recycled maple, which came from the London Underground
Phil who runs Sleekburn Trout Fishery wants numbers for each of his fishing jetties. Dennis and Rob are learning how to use a router to do stylish signs in treated softwood. Maybe, we’ll start a sign writing money making venture?
Rob strengthened this slide for the wonderful Toby Henderson Trust, which does great work with children on the autistic spectrum. I am sure George the Labrador inspecting considered his work satisfactory!
We are gifted several loads of plywood from Carlisle Railway station refurbishment. Ideas now needed for projects using ply!
Mark made this chopping board for his cousin, hope she likes it. Top marks for quality! To do the grooves he first had to refurbish a very old router and fix it to a donated router table.
We made a metal ramp to help Fresh element move their heavy wheeled racks.
We need a bigger tool rack.
We put new safety edging in two observation rooms at the Autistic Centre.
NE Organics kindly let us rescue three lovely heavy vices.
Is it straight? We put this sign up for the Toby Henderson Autistic Centre.
A little tricky because we had to move the light first!
We built a strong bench with hammer-tight mortice and tenon joints.
Steve and Dennis help Mark to make – yet more – shelving
We receive several more donations of tools.
We made a ‘magic door’ for the Earth Balance play area.
We need more members! Some people are busy for the summer, though 8 new people turn up one Friday!
We clear rough ground and help make a herb garden on Earth Balance site for ‘Fresh Element’ – they have the restaurant at the Baltic!
We have the use of the grass roofed building, but one director worried about safety blocks a gift of tools.
Earth Balance wants a play area here.
Kind people donate tools: We get this woodwork lathe working.
We deliver hundreds of leaflets to encourage new members.
Lots of live willow
We spend £214 lottery fund money on new tools.
We wonder, “Can we build a tree house?”
Lots of support from Keith Nicholson, manager of Earth Balance site.
We decide to teach ourselves willow weaving!