Why do we make the things we do?

Lockdown 6 has emanated in Melbourne, with all the same difficulties, challenges and opportunities that seem to be integrated into everyday life now. Here are some of the projects that the Altona Woodies have come up with, using materials squirrelled away in the workshop or sourced from local suppliers. Workbench made by Fiona in a …

Tool restoration – what’s underneath that rust?

There are a lot of old tools lying around – in second hand shops, markets and sheds. Here’s how to remove some of the rust and see if you’ve found something worth using in the workshop. It’s simple, just some vinegar and water, some metal sandpaper and steel wool. And some oil to prevent the …

“Looks like more woodturning coming up for the next seven days” – Woodies smash through lockdown 5

Heaps of projects going on in the workshops! Using the big dog to shoot some cedar box lids. Francis. Finishing off the tapers for a Shaker style bedside table in blackwood, to match the one done in the first lockdown. Fiona. Fine scale speed turning – seam rippers for sewing – tiger myrtle, buloke and …

End of term show and tell

Last meeting for this term after a few weeks off and members’ lockdown projects were on display. This term’s project was ‘bookends’, producing some stunning and diverse interpretations. And as a bonus – toys, tables, boxes and bowls. Even a router plane using an allen key.

Newsletter #1 Summer 2020

Hi Everyone, I hope that you all had a good break over the Christmas and New Year holiday, the weather wasn’t really suitable for being in my workshop but I got some re-organising done that should make it a more usable space and I’m looking forward to getting back into some serious woodworking. More

Newsletter #1 Summer 2019

Hi Woodies, I hope that everyone had a nice Christmas break and a relaxing new year. The weather has not been conducive to woodworking recently but I managed to get a couple of small projects completed…┬áMore