Author: Iain Millar
Retired IT project manager / IT manager Developer of the basic website for Pentlands Men’s Shed Keen dinghy sailor – sails a Laser dinghy and a Mirror dinghy at St Mary’s Loch Sailing Club Reluctant gardener Originally from Forfar – lived in Aberdeen for 24 years before moving back to the Edinburgh area

Currie Primary Atrium and Garden

Currie Primary Atrium and Garden

Following a request for help to tidy up an area of garden and landscaped patio area in the Atrium of Currie Primary School, Pentlands Men’s Shed have stepped up and worked on some of the parts that need attention. A number of the older pupils and their teachers also got involved and all the participants have enjoyed what they have done to improve the area so far.

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Currie Primary School Nursery – Planter

Currie Primary School Nursery – Planter

Chairman Rab’s daughter works at Currie Primary School Nursery, and wondered whether Pentlands Men’s Shed could make a big planter for the Nursery. Of course we could! Rab and Davy built a monster of a planter which has now been installed at the nursery. It had to be moved in 2 separate parts with the final assembly done on site. Well done guys!

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Wire & Loop Buzzer Games

Wire & Loop Buzzer Games

Our talented electrical expert, John, has built three “Wire and Loop Buzzer” games. Two are for 297 Squadron (Musselburgh) Air Cadets, and the third is for The Meeting Place group that meets in the Scout Hall on Mondays. It may look easy, but the game is harder than it looks – the author of this article can vouch for that!

At the Air Cadet squadron, lots of the younger cadets spent the evening trying to complete the task without setting off the buzzer. This proved more difficult than first thought so lots of frustrated players!

A few of The Meeting Place members also tried their version of the game, and one manged to complete it without touching the wire! Success! The group was also visited by Sue Webber MSP, who was encouraged to try her hand at the game. There is no record of whether she was successful…

The two games that John made for the Air Cadets
One of the older members of the Air Cadet squadron trying his hand at the game. What is John saying?
Good fun trying the game at The Meeting Place
John demonstrating how the game works
Sue Webber MSP showing her skills at the game
Colinton Primary School Planters

Colinton Primary School Planters

Shed member Davy McLuckie wanted to say “thank you” to Colinton Primary School for the support that they gave to his grandson, and it was agreed that planters would be a nice way to acknowledge what they had done. Davy and his fellow members of the Shed constructed and delivered the planters, which were built from recycled pallets, and took the opportunity to get a couple of photos.

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Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway visit

Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway visit

A group from Pentlands Men’s Shed visited the Bo’ness and Kinneil railway and museum on 19 September 2023. By all accounts it was a most enjoyable visit despite the weather, and at least one member expressed his wish that he could use the machine tools and equipment in their “proper” workshop. It’s great that the Shed isn’t just about making things, and that social activities are also a feature of what we do.

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Table Saw Safety

Table Saw Safety

We don’t want anyone to get hurt, so please take care with tools in general, and power tools especially. The table saw will be the most dangerous tool that the Shed has and while there are obvious dangers associated with it, kickback if you don’t know about it is a hidden danger which can happen extremely quickly and result in serious injuries. The YouTube video below does a good job of explaining the risks and how to avoid them.

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Health & Safety Video

Health & Safety Video

Shed safety is of paramount importance and the Scottish Men’s Shed Association has co-created the following film lasting about 7 minutes,  in collaboration with Stonehaven & District Men’s Shed, premium spirits producer Edrington, and film producers and the largest specialist social media agency in Scotland, We are Hydrogen. It is intended to help members know the basics of good governance and health and safety protocols in the Shed.

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