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.
Next we decided to power the lab section with solar power, which is working out just great, with no noisy generator pounding in our heads while we try to think.
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.
The rest was just putting up shelves and placing the tools. And there you have it a fully functioning workshop.
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.
6. After some repair-work and fettling following the refitting of the roof panels. Felting the roof is the next step.
7. Felting complete
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.
April 2016 should see the bank account soar for a day or two because of a successful funding from Conwy County Council of course the lions share of it will go straight back to Ty Hapus for the rent but we should have some money left to start up some projects.
On Friday I attended an event staged by Janet Finch-Saunders, A Celebration of Age. There I met and networked with some wonderful people and organisations dedicated to looking out for the aged in our society.
Of course we are not just about the aged:
We are an eclectic group of men and women from various backgrounds with different skills and stories to tell.
Whatever your age, interests, skills or background we have space for you in Men’s Shed Llandudno.
Ages from 18 to Methuselah
Any gender or trans-gender
Any race creed or colour
Any belief or status.
And if you do not fit into any of the above we are looking to work alongside youth groups and children accompanied by parents.
Crest Co-operative have donated some carpet tiles to keep our tootsies warm and two desks which will be converted into workbenches.
Before that as we were emptying shed one we got to keep two filing cabinets, it is getting there. Mike is going to do some more work on shed 1 this week.
Something great just happened. Conwy Citizen’s Advice have offered us a shed by there premises a:
The shed is a double garage so is roughly the same area as shed 1 at Ty Hapus.
We plan to use shed 1 as the dirty shed (gardening, woodworking etc.) and shed 2 as the clean shed (computing, electronics, social etc.)
Shed 2 is currently going through planning for change of use.