What do you do at Men’s Shed Llandudno? This is a very legitimate question that frequently gets asked so I am going to try and answer it. Continue reading What do you do?
After a successful application to Cartrefi Conwy we now have some money to extend the shed at Llandudno Football Ground.
As you can see everyone worked really hard.
Over the weeks we have been putting together an electronics lab which is a section of the main shed at the football club.
It started with a partition wall using the original roofing sheets supplied with the shed. George brought in some old kitchen cupboards and then we began kitting it out.
We now have our own oscilloscope, bench power supply, waveform generator, component checker, raspberry pie, arduino and a host of components.
After we thought we had completed the shed along came storm Doris and ripped the felt off the roof causing it to leak and weaken the roof boards and smashed some windows.
So what we did, by we, I mean George and I, took off the old boards and strengthened the roof by putting up extra spars and supports.
Doris also damaged the football grounds cycle shed so we were able to use some of their plastic to replace the windows. We got new boards for the roof and we extended them out the back to make the wood store.
It sounds easy but I assure you it was not.
The next step is to create the electronics and physical computing area. There will be more to come on this.
Now we have the shed build we need to fit it out with tools and equipment. So the first thing we needed was a bench. With reclaimed timber and some left over floor panels this was an easy project.
Llandudno Football Club have very generously allowed us to use some of their land to erect up to two 20′ by 10′ sheds.
We have been very busy building the first shed there, work-parties are encouraged to attend and help, Thursdays seem to be a good day.
- Setting out the base was the hardest part and the least well attended work group. It was initially felt that we could just support the base on blocks. However, the base was so flimsy that is needed to be supported along the full width and length so the ground needed to be prepared for a gravel base to lay the boards down.
- Placing the floor and erecting the walls was a very hectic session. After laying the base we screwed a 3″ x 2″ sole plate all around to add stability, this would later form part of a second floor. It was at this point that we discovered the shed was not 20′ x 10′ but 18′ 4″ x 8′ 10″ There was some extra assembly needed to the wall panels which were then screwed together.
- Assembling the roof trusses was interesting but we got it right on the second attempt.
- Laying the roof panels highlighted the slight imperfections in our work, but they are on now with just a bit of fettling to be done. Update, the roof panels were taken off and refitted???
5. Windows and doors were fitted next. This made for a pleasant morning for one person.
8. New inner floor completed.
This will be the ‘Dirty Shed’ used for woodworking projects. The second shed on this site, the ‘Clean Shed’ will be purchased soon but it will not be from the same supplier. The Clean shed will be used for electronics and computing.
After a very positive meeting with Kelly Williams of Cartrefi Conwy we have secured a meeting room for weekly social meetings at Cysgod Y Gogarth, at the corner Trinity Avenue and St Andrews Avenue, Llandudno. This is being funded by Time Bank hours.
Wondering what you could do in the Physical Computing and Electronics Group.
The Evil Genius series has some great ideas, unfortunately the books are a bit expensive. However, some evil genius has put several of them online as pdf’s. I am not condoning this, if I had the money I would buy them all. I have bought a few but as the few I have bought were after reading the pdf I think we are not doing the authors a dis–service, on the contrary we are promoting their books. I have also just found out that some of these books are in the Library system. So enough of me assuaging my guilt lets get on with the links. I hope you feel inspired and if you live in the area you will come along and share your enthusiasm.