Waterlooville Men's Shed
The old pavilion changing rooms have been converted into a series of five workshops.
There are two general workshops containing a variety of power tools including chop, fret, and band saws, mitre and pillar drills, disc and bobbin sanders. There is also a large supply of hand tools available, including routers, planers, sanders, cordless drills.
There is also a wood turning workshop housing two lathes, a pillar drill, band saw and grinder, with a huge number of gouges and tools for use on the lathes. We also have a stock of wood suitable for turning.
There is a small workshop dedicated to electronics and graphic arts, with a host of tools and electronic bits and pieces available.
Finally there is the metal shop. We have now got two metal working lathes with a host of tools, equipment gauges and instruments. We also have available arc welders, metal benders and engraving facilities.
Recently we have added an outside work area, with power, bench and weatherproof canopy.
The two remaining areas are utilised for tool storage, and lastly for consumable items (screws, nails, hinges, knobs, and so on).
There is also a toilet and wood storage area.
Wherever men get together you can guarantee that they will need a cup of tea. the Shed is no exception and to make sure that we could get a brew on and put the world to rights we even built our own tea room. Set to the rear of the workshops it has facilities for members to make tea or coffee, with a fridge, microwave and storage for everyone's mug. There is even a sink to wash up your mug if you are so inclined.
The tea room also houses a computer, with hundreds of designs for articles to make on it, together with magazines and books on a variety of practical projects. Here you can also sign up for the various social activities, and see what projects and tasks are available for you to do. Mostly though the tea room is where we can chat, catch up, discuss topics, commiserate, share joys and 'extract the Michael'.
There is also an outside gravelled area with a picnic table, bench and various chairs for when the weather is good.
Some members just come to sit chat and have a brew on the odd occasion, which is excellent.