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Club Facilities & Activities

The Club's Facilities & Equipment Equipment list:
Facilities include:
  • 21 Lathes of various sizes with associated attachments
  • 2 Band saws - new Hafco Woodmaster Band Saw 2016
  • 2 Sanders/Linishers
  • Router
  • 2 Bench Grinders
  • 2 Drill Presses
  • Drop Saw and Mitre Plunge Saw
  • Comprehensive Dust Extraction system, vented to each lathe, installed 2011
  • 7 new Lathes, acquired 2011
  • Scroll Saw, acquired 2012
  • Thicknesser, acquired 2012
  • New Container Dust Extraction system, installed 2013
  • Slabbing Machine, acquired 2013
  • Variable Speed Lathes, acquired 2013
  • Large bed Hare & Forbes Lathe, acquired 2013
  • 2 new Cougar Lathes, acquired 2015.
  • All the necessary woodworking equipment and tools to enable members to turn and create masterpieces.
  • An enclosed Club trailer, outfitted with 2 lathes, safety screens, tables & gazebo's for demonstration turning at Community events.
  • New Small variable speed lathe VL250 acquired 2016.
  • New Scheppach Bobbin Sander acquired 2016.
  • New replacement Band Saw acquired 2016.
  • New Triton Router Table and 2000 Workcentre donated to the Club 2016 by John Satchwell.
  • Air compressor acquired 2017.
  • 3 new variable speed Cougar Lathes, installed 2017.
  • Main Club building, housing the majority of the woodturning equipment
  • New shed installed 2013, to store the Club Trailer
  • Disabled access
  • Kitchen and external BBQ
  • Ladies and Gents amenities
  • Automated External Defribulator 2017
  • Lined Container, housing industrial woodworking equipment, completed 2012.
  • A lending Library, with an extensive collection of Woodturning & Woodworking books, magazines, videos and DVD's.
  • The Club shop, sells to members a wide range of wood working supplies and accessories.
  • Portable Generator for use at fund raising events.

Club Woodturning Training & Events

In keeping with the Club Constitution and for Insurance purposes, a new Member Application must have been ratified by the Committee prior to participation in courses and use of the Clubs' equipment. Bookings are essential, and costs are as advised.

Woodturning Courses:

Woodturning courses are conducted throughout the year, scheduled as required. The three day course is conducted at the club on Saturdays. This course is compulsory for new members who will learn woodturning techniques from experienced turners. Participants are taught lathe familiarisation & operation, and how to safely use & control hand tools. Small turning projects completed during the course may include a small bowl, a platter and a small vase, with other projects attempted as time permits. Class sizes are restricted so that individual attention is guaranteed. Attendees receive a Certificate of Completion. Cost: $100.00 per attendee must be paid prior to enrolment.

The schedule for 2017 is shown at the end of this paragraph.

Course 1: January 21st, 28th, and February 4th

Course 2: March 18th, 25th, and April 1st

Course 3: May 27th, June 3rd and June 10th

Course 4: July 22nd, 29th and August 5th

Course 5: September 23rd, 30th and October 7th

Course 6: November 18th, 25th and December 2nd.

Specialised Courses:

Specialised courses are also conducted for Club members. Length of courses and fees vary accordingly. These courses are publicised in the Club well in advance, and bookings are essential. Contact the Club President or Training Officer for further information.

Courses offered include:

  • Large Bowls or Vases
  • Segmentals
  • Pen Making
  • Platters
  • Turned Lidded Boxes
  • Tool Sharpening Stage 1 and 2
  • Chain Saw Safety and Use

Breed Program:

During the NSW School Terms (1 and 3), a hands-on Mentoring program is offered to Local High School students, who come to the Club weekly for 10 weeks, to learn the skill, art and safety aspects of Woodturning. Regular communication with the High School Principal and Year Advisor ensures that the outcomes achieved fulfil required syllabuses. The students are presented a certificate at the end of the program to recognise their achievement. Please contact the Club President for additional details and availability of spaces for future intakes.

Monthly Maxi Day:

Held on the 3rd Sunday each month, commencing at 9:30am. Maxi Days provide members the opportunity to see invited Special Guest woodturners, giving demonstrations and talks on equipment and techniques for woodturning. Cost $6.00 with lunch provided.

Members "Show & Tell":

Held on Maxi Day, after lunch, "Show & Tell" provides members the opportunity to showcase their latest masterpieces, and talk about the techniques used in creating them. Presentation and critique of the pieces is offered by the Special Guest demonstrator.

Community Event Demonstrations:

The Club participates in woodturning displays and fund-raising events, such as Local Council festivals, Heritage celebrations and Wood & Craft Shows, where members demonstrate the skill of wood turning, as a hobby, to the general public. Members have the opportunity to sell their creations at most display demonstrations. Consideration is always given to invitations to participate in new Community events.

Social Functions:

Functions are organised outside of club hours for members and their families. In the past, functions have included dinners at various restaurants, Christmas in July, BBQ's and our Annual Christmas Dinner. Attendance is at the members own expense.

Supporting Charity:

Each year the Club votes at the Annual General Meeting to support a nominated Charity. Members are encouraged to turn "Charity Bowls" using club supplied blanks. These items are offered for sale to the public at demonstration events, with all proceeds going to the nominated charity. The current nominated Charity is the Children's Ward at Mt Druitt Hospital.

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