Chess Club

DSC_0224If you wish to learn  to play chess or whether you have not played since you were a kid and fancy yourself as a budding Boris Spassky or Bobby Fischer, we have somewhere for you to enjoy yourself in the Lounge Room at CMS.

The shed has a chess and chequers (draughts) set and a board made and donated by members and we hope to get a Shed chess and chequers league going.

It does not matter whether you are a complete novice and want to learn  or whether you are Grand Master potential, there are suitable partners and  a spot for you in the game. Grab a coffee, make yourself comfortable and join in the fun. Contact Peter at the shed or email the webmaster and put your name on the list.

Replacement thicknesser

Arrival of the brand new replacement Hafco T-20S Woodmaster thicknesser caused a bit of a stir! It replacers our older and smaller Carba-Tec unit and will be welcomed by all the woodworkers at the Channel Mens 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.