Replacement thicknesser

Arrival of the brand new replacement Hafco T-20S Woodmaster thicknesser caused a bit of a stir! It replaces our older and smaller Carba-Tec unit and will be welcomed by all the woodworkers at the Channel Men’s Shed. Photos show the arrival, unpacking and assembly of the unit.

Furniture Construction

Craig Howard, master furniture maker gave about twenty shed members a memorable day of demonstration, insights and tips at the shed.  Craig has been designing and producing fine furniture for over 30 years and believes every piece of furniture should stand the test of time.

Craig Howard is one of Tasmania s finest timber furniture craftsmen working with the world renowned Tasmanian special species timbers including Huon pine, blackwood, blackheart sassafras and myrtle, as well as selected imported timbers such as cedar and mahogany.

Every piece of furniture crafted at his business is meticulously handcrafted. We use a combination of traditional methods such as hand dovetailing while using ultra-modern machinery to precision machine, dress and dry our timbers. We source our timber through the Tasmanian Fine Timber s chain of custody and we respect the need to sustainably harvest. We want our industry to be still here in the next century and centuries to come. We ourselves proudly mill, air- and kiln-dry all of the special species timber we use.

In finishing our timbers we use only natural products as we believe the timber is, in a sense, still alive, still breathing; we believe it is essential to treat fine timber with respect! We specialise in native Tasmanian timbers including Huon pine, King Billy pine, blackheart sassafras, blackwood, celery-top pine and Tasmanian myrtle, to name just a few. We also source imported timbers as required.

Dovetail joints, Tool sharpening and timber finishes were among the many topics discussed and demonstrated on the day.


A great day with lots of laughs was had on our first fossicking trip:)

Paul, Gerry And Merv enjoyed searching for some of Lune River Treasures.Paul and Merv had never fossicked before but were delighted with their finds for the day, both found some good sized Petrified Wood, over 180 Million years old. The best find was a very nice example of Petrified Fern found by Paul. He was over the moon and I was green with envy it took me 30 years to find my first piece.
A good number of members have shown an interest and if you would like to join us let me know.
Gerry and his band of merry diggers.


Paul’s polished stones